Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Ethiopia - The End

Our last morning’s birding in fabulous Ethiopia saw us back in Awash NP where we had a few hours before returning to Addis Ababa. 

Gillett's Lark

Highlights here included great views of a Gillett’s Lark singing from the top of an acacia, Grassland Pipit, Turkestan & Masked Shrikes and our final new bird was a stunningly beautiful Green-winged Pytilia – thanks to Christine. Other species noted included Bateleur, Buff-crested Bustard, the Hartlaub’s Bustard again, and a pair of close Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse amongst others.

Buff-crested Bustard

Hartlaub's Bustard

Hartlaub's Bustard

Hartlaub's Bustard

The drive back to Addis Ababa wasn’t too painful and along a new freeway we passed flocks of Common Cranes, some White Storks, a field full of Abdim’s Storks, and even a Great Spotted Cuckoo flew over. So that was it, and we arrived at our hotel at 4.30pm and enjoyed a relaxing evening after a hectic yet bird-filled tour before flying back home the following day.

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