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23 September 2009 @ 08:53 am
Birds at the Olduvai  
A stop at the Olduvai gorge on the way to the Serengeti meant that I could take some time away from the bumpy roads and chase around some birds instead. Oh, did I mention we actually went there to see the gorge (aka cradle of humanity!) itself? After a visit to the museum and staring down the gorge we actually had time to have a picnic lunch with tourist-friendly birds. The lunch included countless breaks to run behind every interesting species that caught the eye.

I downloaded some of the photographs yesterday but then I realized I had forgotten the names of the birds! We had decided to donate the mammals and birds guides to our guide/driver on the trip when we left Africa and I guess it has been long enough to forget the names of the birds that we identified. So, I had to run to some local bookstores in the night to find a field guide. Turns out no one stocks field guides for African wildlife in these parts and I thought I should give that used bookstore in Mountain View a shot. I had almost given up my search there when I found that they had a old old copy of a field guide (from early 1970s). The bad part about having such an old guide is that many species of birds are actually not even listed - and many of the missing species seem to be the ones that I have photographs off! Anyway, a combination of likely last names (like sparrow, weaver and so on) and the latest technology in web search, I think I've got all the birds identified. I know I could be way off with their IDs still though.

A Secretary Bird on the way to the Serengeti

Haze, dust, and midday heat

A Slate-colored Boubou

White-bellied Canary

Speckle-fronted Sparrow

Grey-headed Sparrow

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

Rufous Chatterer

Vitelline Masked Weaver

Purple Grenadier

Melkendokamel on September 23rd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Fantastic, as always - and OMG, the speckle-fronted sparrows! If that is not the cutest thing I've seen all week, I don't know what is. (;