A wonderful birding safari over 23 days

July/August 2006

Great sunset We covered an enormous area of Northern Tanzania starting at Lukuba Island in Lake Victoria and then on to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti to Seronera, The Mara River, Ndutu, Lake Eyasi and Tarangire National Park.

All are records go to the Tanzania Bird Atlas and the way the data is organized means that our records need to be collected per quarter degree square. These squares are 50 kms by 50kms which is 2500 square kilometers per unit.

Sayari Camp on the Mara River is in square reference 3401D, Oliver's Camp sits in the Tarangire south square which is 3604A. As we record per month and for some squares we were recording for both July and August, the total squares per moth tally will be 25+. And with an average of say 50-150 records per square/month a total of nearly 2000 records will be processed. Phew!!

Birding just to tick off species is not our style - we like to contribute to what is known - even a record of a common bird is important if you are visiting a square that has been under worked for that month. Tanzania is a huge country and many areas remain under worked if not worked at all. For more information on this atlas work, visit their web site www.tanzaniabirdatlas.com

On all safaris like this there are new discoveries and sometimes more questions than answers.

Some eagles and some pipits and larks will cause any birder trouble to identify. Here are a few examples and please help if you can. Other photos are common birds that are just great to watch.

Tanzania is one of our world's best birding destinations. Ask anyone that has been here.

I also add a sunset- why not?

male saddlebillied stork seronera rufous bellied heron tarangire unidentified eagle Mara river unidentified eagle Mara river unidentified nightjar unidentified pipit

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