|View across the Kazinga Channel; there are some fishing settlements within the park, with people living|
in apparent harmony with the wildlife.
|Part of a buffalo herd on a sand spit.|
|Wallowing is very popular.|
|Big buffalo bull - an excellent reason to do your wildlife watching from a boat.|
|Mother and calf.|
|Mother with apparent twins.|
|Guereza Colobus Colobus guereza, a truly beautiful monkey, and certainly a favourite of mine. |
While they are not directly associated with water, they are generally found in forests near waterways.
They are primarily leaf-eaters.
| This Lioness appeared a couple of hundred metres away and stalked (unsuccessfully) a Warthog.|
We were told that there had until recently been a pride of six, but that the villagers had killed four of them,
despite being in a national park.
|Warthog Phacochoerus africanus - this one lived to raise its tail another day.|
|Grey Heron Ardea cinerea; this is the same species found throughout Europe and much|
of Asia, as well as sub-Saharan Africa where it is a breeding resident.
|The African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer is another voracious piscivore.|
Its species name is appropriate - its ringing yelps, often in chorus, form one of the sounds of Africa for me.
|This fish clearly needed a lot of tenderising!|
This is the only member of the genus Ceryle.
|The exquisite little Malachite Kingfisher Corythornis cristatus is another common and widespread|
African kingfisher. Like the Pied Kingfisher, but unlike the majority of other species,
the Malachite really does eat mostly fish. For more on this apparent contradiction, see here.
|The handsome Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis wades for its fish, like the herons.|
|The Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash - the common and scientific names are intended to reflect its remarkable|
and familiar call across sub-Saharan Africa - favours earthworms and snails.
|The African Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostra is common and widespread, and unlike many other crakes|
is not particularly secretive. Nonetheless I've never had better views than at Kazinga.
|African Jacanas Actophilornis africanus aren't really waders either, but walk on the vegetation,|
including on lily pads on hugely extended toes, not visible here.
There'll be a posting here on jacanas one day.