October 28-30 2011

In a recent tour to Saiwa Swamp National Park I managed to spot over 70 species of bird in a period of 48 hours. I stayed at the a self-catering Tree Top House which was quite unique. Just after I checked in, from the balcony, I had brilliant view of a female Sitatunga with a young baby!! That was the better way to begin birding and in a few minutes of observation I had recorded: Little Rush Warbler, Grey-crowned Crane and Chubb’s Cisticola. That evening I did a long walk to platform (Tower) 4 where I was lucky enough to see the male Sitatunga and Yellow-billed Duck. The next day I hiked to Tower 5 route, Acacia Nature trails and Bushback observatory tower. It will be unfair not to mentioned the great view I had of a group of endagred De Brazza monkey and the curious looking Colobus Monkey. It is indeed a great place to spend a weekend and as for birders and Twitchers, it is a must visit place.

Below is the list of birds I observed:

Bird List for Saiwa Swamp National Park seen on 28th to 30th October 2011

  1. Long-tailed Cormorant
  2. Little Bittern
  3. Goliath Heron
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Yellow-billed StorkYellow-Billed Stork
  6. Hamerkop
  7. Sacred Ibis
  8. Hadada Ibis
  9. Yellow-billed Duck
  10. Great Sparrow hawk
  11. African Hawk-Eagle
  12. Long-crested Eagle
  13. Grey-crowned CraneGrey-crowned Crane
  14. Spur-winged Lapwing
  15. Common Sandpiper
  16. Blue-spotted wood-Dove
  17. Tambourine Dove
  18. Ring-necked Dove
  19. Ross’s Turaco
  20. Black-and-white Cuckoo
  21. African Cuckoo
  22. Klaa’s  Cuckoo
  23. African Emerald Cuckoo
  24. Blue-headed Coucal
  25. Woodland Kingfisher
  26. Malachite Kingfisher
  27. Lilac-breasted Roller
  28. Crowned Hornbill
  29. Yellow-rumped  Tinkerbird
  30. Lesser Honeyguide
  31. Cape Wagtail
  32. African pied Wagtail
  33. Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  34. Cabanis’s Greenbul
  35. White-headed Saw-wing
  36. White-starred Robin
  37. Grey-winged Robin-Chat
  38. African Thrush
  39. Little Rush Warbler
  40. Cinnamon Bracken Warbler
  41. Chubb’s Cisticola
  42. Tawny-flanked Prinia
  43. Grey-capped Warbler
  44. Grey-backed Camaroptera
  45. Black-collared Apalis
  46. African Dusky Flycatcher
  47. Swamp Flycatcher
  48. Black-throated Wattle-eye
  49. African Paradise-flycatcher
  50. Yellow White-eye
  51. Green-headed Sunbird
  52. Northern Double-collared Sunbird
  53. Green-throated Sunbird
  54. Ludhers’s Bush-shrike
  55. Pringle’s Puffback
  56. Marsh Tchagra
  57. Forked-tailed Drongo
  58. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  59. Lesser Blue-eared Starling
  60. Grey-headed Sparrow
  61. Grosbeak Weaver
  62. Northern Brown-throated Weaver
  63. Fan-tailed Widowbird
  64. Yellow-mantled Widowbird
  65. Black-bellied Firefinch
  66. African Firefinch
  67. Common Waxbill
  68. Black-crowned Waxbill
  69. Pin-tailed Whydah
  70. Thick-billed Seedeater
Birding in Saiwa Swamp
Birding from Tree Top House in Saiwa Swamp National Park
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