Category Archives: Wildlife

A Bird a Day in June: Day 19 – Grey-backed Camaroptera

Day 19 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden including this one. This is quite elusive – so difficult to photograph.

Grey-backed Camaroptera

A Bird a Day in June: Day 18 – Speckled Mousebird

Day 18 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden including this one.

Speckled Mousebird

A Bird a Day in June: Day 17 – Yellow Vented (Common) Bulbul

Day 17 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden including this one.

Yellow Vented (Common) Bulbul

A Bird a Day in June: Day 16 – Pied Kingfisher

Day 16 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden, including this one.

Pied Kingfisher

A Bird a Day in June: Day 15 – Grey-headed Kingfisher

Day 15 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden including this one.

Grey-headed Kingfisher

A Bird a Day in June: Day 14 -Spectacled Weaver

Day 14 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Spectacled Weaver

Other Weavers

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 13 -Red-chested Sunbird

Day 13 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Red-chested Sunbird

 

Other Sunbirds

Scarlet Chested Sunbird

 

Marico Sunbird


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Snake Alive

You probably have one of two reactions on seeing the title of this post – in fact I’m pretty certain some won’t even have got beyond the title and the featured image. Others will read this nervously, hopefully others will be genuinely interested without prejudice.

In the almost two years I have been here I have not yet seen a live snake in the wild. Indeed until this past month not even a dead one though sadly I have more recently.

At 7:30 am yesterday that all changed returning to the compound after an early morning drop off We found the guards agitated. They had found a poisonous snake in the watch mans shed – it had just digested a rat.

They were convinced it was poisonous and deadly and wanted to kill it.  We were less convinced and wanting proof of it’s supposed deadliness I posters picture on the Facebook Group -East African Snakes and other Reptiles. I had a response within 10 minutes. It’s turns out not to be a black mamba, not venomous at all, harmless (unless you’re a rat) brown house snake.

This animal is a constrictor and very good pest controller. Even posting this faction Facebook did not assuage my snake fearing friends – “kill it”, “ew gross”, “yuk” and the like. I for one am glad that we forced the guards to let it slither away to keep the rat population down.

A Bird a Day in June: Day 12 – Hadada Ibis

Day 12 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Hadada Ibis

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 11 – Grey-capped Warbler

Day 11 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Grey-capped Warbler


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A Bird a Day in June: Day 10 – Red-cheeked Cordonbleu

Day 10 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Red-cheeked Cordonbleu


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A Bird a Day in June: Day 9 – White-browed Robin Chat

Day 9 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden, like this regular visitor.

White-browed Robin-Chat


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A Bird a Day in June: Day 8 – Variable Sunbird

Day 8 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.


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A Bird a Day in June: Day 7 – African Paradise Flycatcher

Day 7 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

African Paradise Flycatcher

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 6 – Yellow-billed Black Kite

Day 6 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Yellow-billed Black Kite

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 5 – Spotted Morning Thrush

Day 5 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Spotted Morning Thrush

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 4 – Eastern Grey Plantain-eater

Day 4 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Eastern Grey Plantain-eater

 

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 3 – Purple Grenadier

Day 3 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Purple Grenadier

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A Bird a Day in June: Day 2 – Green-winged Pytilia

Day 2 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.


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A Bird a Day in June: Day 1 – Black-headed Gonolek

Day 1 of a series illustrating some of the fantastic birds we see here on Lake Victoria and across Tanzania. Many of these are seen in our garden like this regular visitor.

Black-headed Gonolek


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