For serious birders hoping to see as many species as possible, you really need to book Hara Langano’s resident bird guide, Hakim. He is an expert on the the local birds and knows all the calls and can ID all the birds. He helped me fill out my bird list, unfortunately my photos didn’t come out as well as I hoped.
We started quite early and headed out past a small village. The weather was drizzly and gloomy and we were wearing rain ponchos. We did attract a lot of attention and some kids kept following us around.
My husband, Ina meeting locals.
Hakim (red jacket), Ina and some locals. We did cop some rain and were wearing ponchos to protect the cameras.
The tiny endemic Black-winged Lovebird came fairly close, just couldn’t get them in good light due to the weather.
Some of these photos are so dark I can’t identify the birds. If you go, I hope you get better pics!
Bare-faced Go-away Bird
Von der Decken’s Hornbill
The next morning we had some time before we had to get the transport to the main road and hung out near the gate. The weather was better and I was able to get some better pics, especially of the gorgeous little Black-cheeked Lovebirds! Indulge me while I post some (finally) good pics!
Hakim had been booked by others in the lodge for a village walk but he came and sat with us while waiting for them to finish breakfast. We set out on a short walk in the same direction as the day before. Hakim soon caught up with his group in tow and was happy to point out some birds to all of us.
Bruce’s Green Pigeon
Not sure about this little guy
I saw a LOT more birds than I got photos of, my full list is on eBird. I do highly recommend Hakim as a guide, I wouldn’t have seen half those birds without him!