Sunday, 6 April 2014

Lake Abijata, Ethiopia

Lake Abijata, Ethiopia
22 January 2014

   The extensive shoreline of Lake Abijata, a shallow lake situated in the Rift Valley, had a great variety of avifauna and we spent a very productive half day there. 
    Grey Heron Ardea cinerea was quite common and seemed to find an abundance of prey at the water's edge.

    A Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus was tugging away at this hawser and appeared to be gleaning strands of the rope for nest building I assumed.

    Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca was a very common species, seen throughout the country. Here it is seen with with Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus.

    At times it seemed that wherever one looked there were Western Yellow Wagtails Motacilla flava, but it was frustratingly difficult to photograph one for it seemed they never stayed still for a moment.

    The local African Fish Eagles Haliaeetus vocifer have developed a taste for flamingos and seemed to have a good deal of success in capturing them. This is all that was left of a recent kill. No doubt whatever the eagle might have left was rapidly cleaned up by Marabou Storks Leptoptilos crumenifer.

    As we were leaving we were delighted to see these two Somali Ostriches Struthio molybdophanes moving across the grassland. 


  1. Great shots David!
    Have a nice day! Greetings

  2. Beautiful birds, David.
    Especially the flamingos and yellow wagtails.
    Greetings Irma

  3. I reckon you're going to 'dine out' for years on your Ethiopia trip, David. Keep them coming - I'm really enjoying them!

  4. Lovely Pictures!
    Must have been interesting to see so many differents birds on your trip!

  5. Wow, to see one, but whole lot of them is superb David.

  6. Horticultural wonderful blog with many beautiful birds. I had never heard of A Speckled Bird Mouse and I must say that this is probably a special bird. You flamingos are actually fantasist itself to see! You also ostriches and other birds are beautiful again.