Tuesday, 18 August 2015

East Africa - Day 25

Rwanda 12 August 2015

I have not been able to upload photographs to my, blog without wifi or decent band width but will add photographs to my blog post as soon as I can.

We are having the most brilliant time in Uganda and Rwanda  with ever great. Our trip was organised by our local ground agents Avian Watch Uganda.  Everything is   going really well with Robert, our fantastic guide (who knows all the sites and calls and can whistle birds in) and Paul, our driver and fixer, for who nothing was too much.

We were staying at Gisakura Guest Lodge at Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda.  There were quire a few Rwandan and foreign people but all seemed to working in Kigali, rather than being foreign tourists died like in Uganda.

We had ordered breakfast at 5.30 am, having got up at 5.00 am and then picked up our ranger before heading down the hill to the visitor centre and view point.  I think it had been paid for by USAid.

We had a  packed lunch with us and walked down the main trail from the viewpoint.   We ended up walking back to the view point to eat our lunch and had a White-necked Raven getting a bit too close edging towards my sandwich.
After a break we walked to the canopy walkway, birding along the way.  When we reached the canopy walkway, Robert was very excited as the canopy  walkway was new and he hadn't see it before.  First he examined how it was built and how strong it was. Then he stood on it about a metre in and jumped about a bit.  Then he asked the ranger he could go on (as there was a fee). ranger said he could go half way along the first section.  Robert then went off, shouting to us to take photographs.

I have been on quite a few canopy walkways around the world and having a photograph on the is a bit of a trademark and and in-joke.  I asked if I could go onto the canopy walkway and Mum asked the ranger how much it was.  He said it was $60 each, which seemed expensive and more than Mum and Dad were going to pay for me to quickly walk around, as it wasn't good for birding.  The ranger said not to worry and took me onto the canopy walkway for a quick walk around.  

Robert liked it and I suggested to Robert that they built one at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest across the valley.

After the walk, we drove along side tracks and walked more looking for the elusive Handsome Francolin as an Albertine Rift Valley endemic.

Our best birds for the day were Red-collared Babbler, Kungwe Apalis and Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo.

Trip list – 585 birds for Uganda, 50 birds for Rwanda and 276 lifers

About the Writer

Young birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig 

Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She is loved going Mountain Gorilla Trekking in East Africa and is looking forward to watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent. She has recently been listed with the singer songwriter George Ezra and actress Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones as one of Bristol's most influential young people. Please like her Birdgirl Facebook Page and follow her on Birdgirl Twitter

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