How is it possible that I was in a place called Udzungwa Mountains just over 3 weeks ago? Its seems a lifetime ago. In any event, photos are never to old to share on a blog.
This entry could evolve into an extensive critique of the plates and maps in Stevenson & Fanshawe’s Birds of East Africa, but let’s just say that two of these birds – the weavers – simply don’t appear in this book. I could have pulled my hair out trying to identify them, but I maintained my sanity and my local guide Mandela still lives.
After four weeks in Africa with between 40 and 7 friends, some of whom had zero interest in birds, I finally got to spend my very last day and a half just birding (and looking at bugs, butterflies) etc. without feeling guilty about taking up someone’s sunbathing time (ok, that’s a rude exaggeration, but I did have to curtail my instincts nearly constantly). As it turns out, forest birding in Africa is tough. I saw quite a few new species, but good photo opportunities were hard to come by. So I feel really lucky about getting this African Goshawk, for example.
The juvenile Forest Weaver, at top, presented a challenge for a birder relying upon a field guide that did not picture this plumage.
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