Saturday, 16 November 2013

Heading North to Awassa

A long drive north to Hawassa with just a quick stop at a roadside marsh yielding a singing Winding Cisticola, Black-and-white Mannikin, Red-collared Widowbird, Yellow Bishop, a flyover White-headed Vulture and some other common birds. 

White-headed Vulture

We eventually arrived at the very plush Haile Resort Hotel on the shores of Lake Hawassa around 4pm and went straight out into the garden which had a lovely view over the lake. 

White-browed Robin-chats

In a shady corner we watched 3 White-browed Robin-chats respond to the ipod very well indeed, plus our first Marsh Warbler showed quite well. There was also a pair of Brown-throated Wattle-eyes, White-rumped Babbler and this African Thrush

African Thrush

Over the lake there were literally thousands of Barn Swallows, White-winged Terns, several Squacco Herons, Malachite Kingfishers, African Fish-eagles, Grey-headed Gulls and others.

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