Tanzanian Birds (part four)


A female Sunbird finds sun-warmed flowers near a reptile park in Arusha.


A Babbler forages for insects in the trees.


I said to the guide… “I’d love to see a Bataleur.” He said “Maybe later today.” Then I looked up from the hippo pool and saw a bird circling down towards us and there it was. Such cool stumpy-tailed birds. Unmistakeable.


No idea what this is… but it’s a looker.


The bird baths at Ol Mesera tented camp get an amazing diversity of birds. 25 species over breakfast.


Black Kites are generalists everywhere except the picnic area at Ngorongoro, where they specialize in stealing sandwiches out of your hands. (CLICK HERE to see them in action)


Swooping in to check if anyone is being careless with their lunch.


Black-bellied Bustards strut their stuff on the plains. That’s it for the Tanzanian Birds series. Let me know if you want to see a series with other Tanzanian animals.

3 responses

  1. Roberta Reeners

    More animals, yes, please!

    August 26, 2011 at 5:43 am

  2. Would love to see and learn about more animals. Thanks!

    August 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

  3. Gopal

    I wonder if that Black Kite is closely related to the Pariah Kite of India?

    I was there a month ago, and the Pariahs are everywhere. They circle around constantly in the midst of big cities, scavenging garbage piles and fighting off other birds.

    Very agile fliers.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:31 am

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