Uganda The Pearl Of Africa Highlights Part One The Swamps Shoebills And More

The African Fish Eagle an iconic bird known as "The Voice of Africa"

We have been lucky enough to visit Uganda three times in recent years and have fallen in love with this beautiful wildlife filled country. One of the many attractions that draws visitors to Uganda, known as The Pearl of Africa, is the bizarre and awesome Shoebill. This wonderful stork-like bird lives in the papyrus swamps and can be tricky to find but once seen never to be forgotten it is more dinosaur than bird! These wonderful wetlands are home to fantastic wildlife and we thought we would share some of our images of them with you. We plan this to be the first in an occasional series of Uganda highlight blogs showcasing the wonderful natural riches of this stunning, stable and safe country that stradles the equator.

One of the many reason Uganda is so rich in wildlife is that it stradles the equator.

The first day of our Uganda Birdwatching Trips finds us at this amazing wetland.

We think you can see the tension on the faces here, a quest for a special bird.

The Holy Grail of Uganda's birds - the awesome Shoebill a dinobird!

One of THE birds in the world to see and Uganda is THE place to see Shoebill!

It was great to meet these lovely Ugandan women birders at the wetland.

Hammerkops resting on a canoe - the name means hammer head easy to see why.

Uganda's swamps and marshes are teaming with life - Cattle Egrets on hippos.

Another much sought after resident of the swamps - African Finfoot here a female.

And here a male African Finfoot sneaking through the waterside vegetation.

A stunning Saddle-billed Stork what a glorious bird and has pink knees!

Uganda does storks very well indeed here the mighty Marabou Stork taking a drink.

This one is African Openbill stork with two Knob-billed Ducks for company.

Continuing the theme of big-billed birds here is Giant Kingfisher, a monster!

Please check back soon we try our best to post a bird blog everyday on a wide range of subjects.

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