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Archive for the ‘birdwatching’ category

  • Operation Shoebill: Uganda’s Big Birding Day 24 hour race

    Nov 22, 14 • 6270 views 4 comments

    Operation Shoebill: first-hand experience of Uganda’s Big Birding Day annual 24 hour bird race at Mabamba Bay So why precisely have I got up well before dawn – on a Saturday – to drive for three hours in a cramped minibus to sit in an old...

  • Bird watching on the Kazinga Channel – a 21st century Safari!

    Sep 3, 14 • 6241 views 5 comments

    Bird watching: a 21st-century Safari! Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park Have you noticed that the more Safaris you go on, the smaller the animal that catches your eye? It could be the butterflies or the reptiles; for some it’s even...

  • Birds send my heart a flutter …

    Jun 18, 14 • 4911 views 6 comments

    My favourite birdwatching Uganda stories Similar in size to Great Britain, Uganda’s unique geographical positioning in the Great Rift Valley makes the country home for an astonishing 50% of Africa’s birds. Diverse habitats such as open savannah,...

  • I love birds!

    Oct 17, 13 • 5253 views 6 comments

    Diary of a Muzungu is proud to be a sponsor of Big Birding Day 2013, supporting the next generation of birders in Uganda. How many birds will you see at Big Birding Day 2013? Bigger and better than ever, help us beat last year’s record...

  • The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2012 – Uganda travel blog

    Jan 12, 13 • 6235 views 6 comments

    The Muzungu’s travel highlights of 2012 – Uganda travel blog Life in Uganda has tested me in many ways and 2012 was ‘challenging’ as we say around here – but I’m still here ‘living the dream’ (on a...

  • The Kingfisher and me

    Dec 8, 12 • 5755 views 6 comments

    I love this time of day, walking with the dogs before the sun goes down. There’s something in the air tonight. A pair of African Grey parrots fly overhead, squawking all the way to their roost in the big tree behind us. The Ibis congregate on...

  • Be part of something BIG!

    Oct 16, 12 • 3247 views 2 comments

    The Uganda Kob and the Grey Crested Crane adorn the country’s crest  – (which bird will replace it in 20 years time when the bird is extinct?) “Birding@50” focuses on the plight of Uganda’s national symbol, the Grey...

  • A disgusting day out

    Aug 24, 12 • 13431 views 18 comments

    Looking for things to do around Kampala? Visiting the abattoir might not be top of every vegetarian’s wish list, but that didn’t stop Alex and I looking forward to the day out at the slaughterhouse, as part of Nature Uganda‘s...

  • Look up! Urban birding Kampala-style

    Aug 12, 12 • 5986 views 10 comments

    The view from Long Crested Towers, Kampala Kampala is a dusty, polluted city of 2 million inhabitants. The crowded industrial area slap bang in the centre of town, sits cheek by jowl with a slum of 100,000 people and a creaking and inadequate sewage...

  • Down in the slum, after the rain

    Jul 14, 12 • 5527 views 8 comments

      The air is damp and heavy, the air is cool and last week’s fine dusty fine marram earth is compacted beneath our feet. Limbs have been torn off the Pawpaw tree the other side of the compound wall and a single giant leaf, over four metres...

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