Liz's Uganda Trip

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

At Queen Elizabeth National Park, we stayed at the lovely Mweya Lodge.
A big highlight of our stay there was an afternoon trip on the Kazinga Channel, which links Lake George with Lake Edward. This channel is a well known wildlife magnet, with many animals and birds coming down to the edge of the river, easily viewable - and photographable - from the boat.
The image, left, shows Hippos, White-fronted Cormorants, a Yellow-billed Stork and an Egyptian Goose.

Wildlife of the Kazinga Channel
Two African Fish Eagles

We saw a number of African Fish Eagles, Haliaeetus vocifer, either singly or in pairs, in the trees at the side of the channel.

Cape Buffalo were also seen in good numbers, either in herds ...Herd of Cape Buffalo
Cape Buffalo... or singly.

Back at Mweya Lodge, there were some mammals as well as birds in the lodge grounds, particularly a large group of Banded Mongoose, Mungo mungo, which has been the subject of a long-running research project.
They are colour-marked for individual recognition by the researchers, which makes photographing them more of a challenge, to keep the colour marking, particularly evident on the tiny babies, out of the photos.

Banded Mongoose
Dozy Banded mongoose

These Mongooses are used to people, so are very approachable. In fact, when I was lying on the ground to take photos at eye level, some came right up to me to investigate, and one even climbed up onto my leg and walked up and over my back.

We didn't actually have a lot of time in the Lodge grounds, but there were plenty of birds there, and in the adjacent airstop. This male Yellow-backed Weaver Ploceus Melanocephalus was one of a family very near the cabin I was staying in. Yellow-backed Weaver
Warthog There's also a Warthog, Phacochoerus africanus, in the Lodge grounds, also tame and used to people.
We saw a lot of Uganda Kob, Kobus kob thomasi, in the Park. Male Uganda Kob
Male Uganda Kob Uganda Kobs are a subspecies of Kob, closely related to Waterbucks - in fact, their Dutch name is Oeganda-waterbok.
This male spent a lot of time pursuing this female and attempting to mate with her. He was unsuccessful during the hour or so we spend in this immediate area. Uganda Kob pair attempting to mate
Chimpanzees Entebbe
Botanic Gardens
Entebbe Wildlife
Education Centre
Mabamba Swamp Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park
Murchison Falls
National Park

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