a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Birdwatching in the African savanna is easy and very rewarding. The open habitat means the birds are easy to see compared to the closed habitat of rainforest. The diversity of the birds here is high, and repeated trips will reward the visitor with new species.
Pternistis natalensis, 'Natal Spurfowl/Francolin' (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa).
Turtur chalcospilos, 'Green/Emerald-spotted Wood Dove' (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa).
Tauraco porphyreolophus, 'Purple-crested Turaco', (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa).
Centropus superciliosus, 'White-browed Coucal' (Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda).
Grus paradisea, 'Blue Crane' , 'Paradise/Stanley Crane', (outside of Cape Town).
Burhinus vermiculatus, 'Water Thick-knee'
Ciconis episcopus, 'Woolly-necked Stork' (Enjojo Lodge, Uganda).
Long-crested Eagle (Bigodi, Uganda)
Hornbills are an old world tropical group, found in Africa and Asia, and extending to the Solomon Islands in the east. They are large birds with huge bills, the ecological and morphological equivalent to the new world tropical Toucans.
'Crowned Hornbill' (Enjojo Lodge, Uganda)
One of the most diverse and pretty groups of birds in the African woodlands. They are often very obvious and easy birds to see as they tend to to perch on exposed branches.
Merops albicollis, 'White-throated Bee-eater' (Kilwa, Tanzania).
Yellow-billed Barbet (Bigodi, Uganda)
Lybius bidentatus, Double-toothed Barbet (Isunga Lodge, Uganda).
Campethera abingoni 'Golden-tailed Woodpecker', (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa).
Thinking of travelling again after everything settles down? One of the first expeditions I am booked to work on is the NZ sub-Antarctics with Silversea Expeditions. And here is a shortened version of one of my lectures in a warmer part of the world.