Saturday, 27 February 2016

Ethiopia: Dawa River & the Soda Plains.

Darwa River

Gunther's Dikdik
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson

Gabar Goshawk
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson

Merid making breakfast.

A very early start from Negale on 18th February saw us birding the Darwa River & adjacent bush just after dawn. It was quite a productive few hours.

We then continued to Wachile & down into the Soda Plains. Where we saw our first Stresemann's Bush Crows!

Stresemann's Bush Crow.
A strange Starling-like bird.

Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson
Grant's Gazelle

Greater Kudu

As we descended the valley it got wilder & wilder & we started seeing some game.

The rest of the day was spent driving to the far south we stayed the night at Borana Lodge to explore the Soda Plains.

Borana Lodge was a great place to stay.

Unstriped Ground Squirrel

Pearl Spotted Owlet - 
look at the size of the Rat!
Lilac breasted Roller - 
but of the lilac throated variety!

Von der Decken's Hornbill

African Grey Flycatcher
Lesser Striped Swallow

There were a few of these around the lodge as well!

White-browed Coucal
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson.

White-bellied Go-Awaybird.

Common Rock Thrush
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson.
Vitelline Masked Weaver
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson.

We were up early on 19th February & birded around the lodge. It was a lovely morning & the birding was excellent.

We explored the area in 4 x 4's.

It was very arid & dusty!
Somali Ostrich
Photo courtesy of Paul Edmondson.
Somali Courser.
Terrible photos, but a great bird!
Short-tailed Lark.

Somali Bunting

Rosy-patched Shrike.

We then went further south exploring some back tracks on the Soda Plains. Birds were not prolific but the quality was good.

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