While obviously a park of that size will not be uniform, the overwhelming impression is of vast grassy savannah lands supporting stands of trees, especially Candelabra Trees Euphorbia candelabrum and Paperbark Acacias Vachellia (formerly Acacia) sieberiana.
|Candelabra Trees; this Euphorbia woodland is very typical of much of the park.|
|Thorntree 'acacia' woodland; also very characteristic.|
|Hippos in the Ishasha River, with the Congo just behind them.|
And birders really can be nerds; as we watched, a Hamerkop flew from our bank to the other side,
and a spontaneous cheer arose - we all now had a Congo bird list!!
|One of more than 70 crater lakes in the park; salt has traditionally been mined from some of them.|
|Lesser Flamingoes Phoeniconaias minor, Lake Munyanyange, above and below.|
(This species has recently been moved from genus Phoenicopterus to being a single-species genus.)
And while we're on birds, this is an appropriate time to introduce some more - as mentioned previously, there are a lot to choose from!
|Blue-naped Mousebird Urocolius macrourus, also utilising a thornbush.|
This mousebird (see previous post for another species) is found in east Africa
and then in a narrow strip westward across the continent to the Atlantic in Senegal.
|Grey-headed Kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala, a truly beautiful dry country kingfisher,|
here perched on a Euphorbia while scanning for lizards and insects.
|African Pygmy Kingfisher Ispidina picta, a tiny and exquisite woodland insect-eater.|
|White-browed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas leucophrys, another inhabitant of the dry savannahs.|
Neither a robin, nor a relative of the Australian scrubrobins, but an Old World Flycatcher.
Lovely warm colours.
|Uganda Kob Kobus kob thomasi, a lovely antelope which appears on the Ugandan coat of arms.|
|Female Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus, in recently burnt grassland.|