Tanzanian Birds (Part One)

Here is a Weaver Bird making a nest near Arusha, Tanzania. I might not identify (to species) some of the birds in these posts. This is because I haven’t looked them up yet… feel free to take it on as an ID quiz and post your answers in the comments. These images are from a series of trips I took to Tanzania over the past few years. I grew up in Dar es Salaam.

A Superb Starling keeps cool in the afternoon heat.

A Swallow resting near a hotel pool in the Serengeti.

The same Swallow with nesting material.

A Tawny Eagle perched on a ribcage snatched from a nearby lion kill.

A Von der Decken’s Hornbill brings a large grasshopper to waiting chicks.

This adorable bird is called a Thick-knee. There are several types of Thick Knee and this is one of them. And yes… its knees are thick.

These are White-faced Whistling Ducks at a hippo pool in Mikumi National Park.

At the eastern gate to the Serengeti there is a tree. It is the only tree for miles. I once found it full of birds that looked a bit like doves from a distance. Upon closer inspection it turned out they were all small falcons – kestrels. This was the lone White-eyed Kestrel in the bunch.

Sometimes you look out of your car window and find an African Wattled Plover keeping pace. More tomorrow…

One response

  1. John

    Cool menagerie!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

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