|Queen Elizabeth National Park marked (somewhat crudely!) in red.|
|More detailed park map. (Courtesy Safari Bookings.)|
|Approaching Mweya Lodge, above and below.|
The euphorbias in the foreground are typical of the park vegetation.
|The view from the outdoor restaurant, over Lake Edward and the Kazinga Channel, is superb.|
Slender-billed and Yellow-backed Weavers work the tables, hoping for left-overs.
|Dawn views, above and below, over Lake Edward.|
|Yellow-backed (or Black-headed) Weavers Ploceus melanocephalus are bold and ubiquitous.|
This seems to be a male moulting into (or out of) breeding plumage.
|Swamp Flycatchers Muscicapa aquatica are also prominent here;|
they are found right across central Africa.
|Grey-capped Warblers Eminia lepida are not nearly as easy to see, though their lovely song |
is often present. They are the only member of the genus, in the cisticola family.
|Speckled Mousebirds Colius striatus are common enough garden birds in much of Africa, including Mweya,|
but they always delight me. There are just six species of mousebirds comprising the family Colidae.
|Warthogs Phacochoerus africanus appreciate the watered grounds, where they play havoc with lawns|
by digging for roots and tubers. This kneeling posture while foraging is typical.
|As can be seen here, they are not at all reticent about approaching the cabins!|
|Banded Mongooses Mungos mungo are found widely across central and eastern Africa. |
Unlike most mongooses they habitually forage in groups of up to 40.
|Male Blue-headed Tree Agama above, female below.|
Another characteristic of this lovely dragon lizard is its social structure - unusually among lizards
they live in colonies, with a dominant male and several females and immature animals.