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Day 9 (Wednesday, 4th March)

     Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens Lake Victoria from the Botanical Gardens

With the itinerary over yesterday, today was travelling day. However, the flight wasn't until almost midnight, so there was time to kill. After getting up a little later than usual for the holiday, and wandering around the meagre gardens of the Cassia Lodge in Kampala for an hour (highlights Grey Kestrel perched on a roof in front of the reception and a pair of Harrier-hawks behind the buildings), we made our way to Entebbe and the Botanical Gardens. These are not only a stone's throw from the airport, but are also a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours and pick up some interesting birds - some were even new for the trip, and with a lifer thrown in! Once we had deposited the car near the entrance, the first few minutes was for mammals - a Striped Ground Squirrel and 2 Black and White Colobus. There are some well marked tracks through the various local and imported trees, and the clockwise circuit we took quickly came across and followed the shoreline of Lake Victoria, and then back through the parkland style gardens again to the an. The first of 2 Great Blue Turacos shortly followed the mammals, and also the first of a few noisy Eastern Plantain-eaters. The shoreline produced a few of the expected birds - Pied Kingfisher, Long-tailed Cormorant, African Jacana, Little Egret - but there was also room for some perching birds such as Broad-billed Roller, Grey-backed Fiscal, Woodland Kingfisher, and Scarlet-chested & Red-chested Sunbird. Black-and-white Casqued Hornbills were regular in both sight and sound, but Crowned Hornbill, as well as Grey Parrot, were an added bonus. After skirting the water's edge, we turned back and came across a small bird party. This contained African Paradise Flycatcher and Green Crombec, and a Plain Greenbul. Following a couple of White-eyes, our guide strangely got on the back of a motor bike with a local he had a quick chat with, and reappeared 10 minutes later. The reason was a good one - he had been shown a Verraux's Eagle Owl perched high in one of the larger trees.

African Jacana African Paradise Flycatcher Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher
African Jacana African Paradise Flycatcher Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher
Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill Black-headed Heron Broad-billed Roller
Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill Black-headed Heron Broad-billed Roller
Common Bulbul Common Greenbul Crowned Hornbill
Common Bulbul Plain Greenbul Crowned Hornbill
Grey-backed Fiscal Grey Kestrel Grey Parrot
Grey-backed Fiscal Grey Kestrel African Grey Parrot
Marabou Stork Eastern Grey Plantain-eater Reed Cormorant
Marabou Stork Eastern Grey Plantain-eater Reed Cormorant
Verraux's Eagle Owl Striped Ground Squirrel Mantled Guereza
Verraux's Eagle Owl Striped Ground Squirrel Mantled Guereza

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