The first day out in the Murchisons Falls park. These waterfalls were named after Roderick Murchison, the founder of the Royal Geographical Society. On our way over, we encountered two of the rarest birds in Africa: Shoebill Storks. These birds look like a big grey Stork with an alligator mouth. They where a bit far off in a marsh, and I was determined to get closer for some nice shots.
But when I was about to enter the swamp I realized I still had my passport and iPhone in my trousers. Less than 10 meters in, I decided not to jeopardize these essential tools for survival in the urban jungle so I abandoned this endeavor.
Entering the park, we first went to see the waterfalls, did some nice work with a little lizard and the falls on the back ground.
The first drives were nice. Lots of Rothschild Giraffes, Ugandan Kob and Oribi. All Antelopes. And of course some herds of Elephants and amazing birdlife! We ended the drive with 3 lionesses in a tree. Mostly far off but nice to be tracking and following again,
29 October, Murchinson Falls Pakuba Lodge
Today we spent mostly sailing on a boat on the river Nile. My ambition for the day was to finally see and photograph the Giant Kingfisher. An image that will presumably end up in my top 10 of this trip.
Furthermore we have seen mostly birdlife. I already knew most of them but I have to admit it is always awesome to see Kingfishers, and in this case a lot of nesting colonies. Also interesting to see all sorts of predators trying to get a meal out of them, from Nile monitors, Baboons (the never ending opportunists) who also tried to trap a family of Colobus monkeys in a tree.
Being in the wild in Africa also means seeing a lot of Hippo’s, Crocs and a number of Heron and Stork species. But also Whistling ducks and of course several raptors.
In the afternoon we were driving the game along the northern bank of the Nile and I saw Patas Monkey’s for the first time ever. These are related to the Green Velvets but actually live on the savannah. And it was heartening to see large groups of Rothschild Giraffes. This Giraffe subspecies is in critical danger as well (like most Giraffes) but they seem to be thriving here. And of course we ran into a fair share of Buffalo and Elephants.
Seeing 2 bulls having a gentle pushing match to assert dominance in a friendly manner was also a highlight of the day. As well as the Ugandan Cob’s mating on several occasions. After all an intensive, very long but interesting day!