Subject: Tanzania tour (long) Date: Apr 14 14:23:56 1995 From: Dan Victor - dvictor at u.washington.edu
From Dan Victor, Seattle, WA <dvictor at u.washington.edu>
Well, here's a trip list from our Walking Safari tour of two weeks in Tanzania. This tour was done for Mountain Travel by a Tanzanian company called Dorobo Tours, Inc. I sent you an email message from Tanzania courtesy of Dorobo back in mid March.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha we went immediately to Momela Lodge just outside Mt. Meru Natl Park. After two nights there we travelled to Ngorongoro Crater Rim where we camped for two nights. This began a series of 9 nights camping in the ecosystems adjacent to the national parks. The last three nights of camping were in a beautiful kopje of the Serengeti Ecological Area. Then two nights at Nduto Lodge in the Serengeti Natl Park and one night at Gibbs Farm.
Every place was wonderful. A number of times I expected to hear George Page's voice as though I were watching Nature on PBS. The Ngorongoro Crater was unbelievable with it's great variety of wildlife. For me, camping in the Serengeti Ecologial Area for three nights was the most exciting. We could hear lions roaring at night as we lay in our tents. During the days we would walk for up to 5 hours being led by our guide who was carrying a rifle. There were many game drives in the Land Rovers. One occured at night where you spotted the animals by looking for their eyes glowing. One day we were stalking lions. Another night baboons roosted high in the rock kopje above our tents. On the Seregetti plains we saw perhaps 200,000 wildebeeste migrating...
This was NOT a birding tour but our tour leader, Mike Peterson, was an expert birder. He gave this norteamericano a lot of help. Birding in Tanzania and Kenya was exciting. So many new species and colorful birds to see. MOST of these species were seen in N. Tanzania with a few added from a short stay on our own in Kenya.
One of the many highlights was watching a variety of vultures devouring a wildebeest carcus, a rather gruesome but amazing sight. They looked like 747s coming in for a landing.
This list is in order of the plates from the Collins Guide to Birds of East Africa. A few migrants from Collins Birds of Britain & Europe.
Locations codes used:
Tanzania; Me=Mt.Meru National Park, Ng=Ngorongoro Crater,Em=Embaki Crater, Se=Serengeti Ecological Area, SP=Serengeti Natl Park, Ma=Maloni, Na=Lake Natron, Ol=Olduvai Gorge, Gi=Gibbs Farm
Kenya; Ni=Nairobi, Nv=Lake Navaisha, Nk=Lake Nakuru, La=Lamu Island
Ostrich Ng,Se,Sp Squacco Heron Na Green-backed Heron Se Cattle Egret Ng,Se,Nv Hamerkop Ng Black-headed Heron Ng Grey Heron Ng Sacred Ibis Ng,Na,Nv Glossy Ibis Ng,Nv Flamingo Na,Nk Abdim's Stork Ng,Se,Sp,Nv,Nk Marabou Stork Ng,Se,Sp,Nv,Nk Saddlebill Stork Me Openbill Stork Sp Little Grebe Nv Cape Teal Em,Nk Maccoa Duck Em Red-billed Duck Ng Yellow-billed Duck Nk Spurwing Goose Ng Egyptian Goose Ng,Nv,Nk White-backed Vulture Ng,Se,Sp White-headed Vulture Se,Sp Ruppell's Vulture Ng,Se,Sp Hooded Vulture Se Nubian Vulture Ng,Sp Secretary Bird Se,Nv Tawny Eagle Ng,Se African Fish Eagle Nv Augur Buzzard Me,Ng,Se,Na Bateleur Se Long-crested Eagle Ma Black-shouldered Kite Ng,Se,La Verreaux's Eagle Se Wahlberg's Eagle Se Harrier Hawk Sp Palid Harrier Sp Montagu's Harrier Se Black-chested Harrier Eagle Sp Pygmy Falcon Se Pale Chanting Goshawk Na Peregrine Se Lesser Kestrel Se Coqui Francolin Se Yellow-necked Spurfowl Na Red-necked Spurfowl Ma Helmeted Guineafowl Ng Se Sp Nv La Black-bellied Bustard Ng Kori Bustard Ng,Na,Sp Crowned Crane Ng,Se,Nv Spur-winged Plover Sp Kittlitz's Plover Sp Blacksmith Plover Ng,Se,Sp,Nv Black-winged Stilt Ng,Em Crowned Plover Ng,Se,Sp,Nt Long-toed Lapwing Ng Temminck's Courser Sp Two-banded Courser Se Egyptian Plover Na Chestnet-bellied Sandgrouse Sp Namaqua Dove Na Mourning Dove Ng,Se,Sp,Nv,La Ring-necked Dove Se,Sp,La Laughing Dove Se Speckled Pigeon, Se,Nv Great Spotted Cuckoo Sp White-browed Cucal Ng African Hoopoe Se,Nv Green Wood Hoopoe Se African Scimitarbill Ng Abyssinian Scimitarbill Se Hartlaub's Turaco Me,Se Bare-faced Go-away-bird Se,Ma,Ni,Nv,La Brown Parrot Se Fischer's Lovebird Se, Sp Roller Ng,Se,Sp Lilac-breasted Roller Se,Sp,Nv,La Rufous Crowned Roller Ma Pied Kingfisher Se Little Bee-eater Se,Nv White-fronted Bee-eater Me,Se,Nv,La Red-billed Hornbill Na,Se Yellow-billed Hornbill Na Von Der Decken's Hornbill Se Grey Hornbill Na D'Arnaud's Barbet Se Red and Yellow Barbet Ol White-headed Barbet Se Flappet Lark Se African Pied Wagtail Ni,La Yellow-throated Longclaw Se Wire-tailed Swallow Nk Yellow-vented Bulbul Me,Se,Sp,Ni,Nv,La Capped Wheatear Se Stonechat Me,Ng,Se Chiffchat Se Olive Thrush Ni Rock Thrush Se White-browed Robin Chat Sp,Ni,Nv Red-backed Scrub Robin Na Paradise Flycatcher Ng,Se Silverbird Se South African Black Flycatcher Se White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Se,Nk Dusky Flycatcher Se Red-backed Shrike Se White-crowned Shrike Sp Taita Fiscal Ng Fiscal Shrike Me,Ng,Se Magpie Shrike Se Mariqua Sunbird Se Variable Sunbird Me,Em Golden-winged Sunbird Em Tacazze Sunbird Gi Broad-ringed White-eye Me Yellow-Rumped Seedeater Nv,Nk Streaky Seedeater Me,Se Brimstone Canary Nv Golden-breasted Bunting Se Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting Se Red-billed Firefinch Ma,Nk Red-cheeked Cordon-Bleu Se,Nk Paradise Whydah Ma Pin-tailed Whydah Na Straw-tailed Whydah Ma Purple Grenadier Sp Yellow-bellied Waxbill Ng Grosbeak Weaver Gi Reichenow's Weaver Me,Se,Gi,Nv Vitelline Masked Weaver Na Red Bishop Em,Na,Se Grey-headed Social Weaver Na Rufous-tailed Weaver Sp Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Ng,Na White-headed Buffalo Weaver Se Rufous Sparrow Ma Grey-headed Sparrow Se Red-collared Widobird Ng Jackson's Widowbird Ng White-winged Widowbird Se Drongo Na Red-billed Oxpecker Se Yellow-billed Oxpecker Sp Hildebrant's Starling Sp Wattled Starling Sp Blue-eared Glossy Starling Nk Redwing Starling Em,Se,Nv,La Cape Rook Ng,Se Pied Crow Ni White-necked Raven Em,Se,Sp
Cape Buffalo Me,Ng,Se Baboon Me,Ng,Se,Sp Bushbaby Se Bushbuck Me,Se,Sp,Nk Dik-dik Se Duiker Me Eland Em,Se,Sp Elephant Ng Grant's Gazelle Ng,Se,Sp,Nk Thomson's Gazelle Ng,Se,Sp,Nk Genet Sp Giraffe Me,Se,Sp,Nk Hippopotamus Ng Hartebeest Ng,Se,Sp,Nk Hyaena Ng,Se,Sp,Nk Impala Ng,Se,Nk Golden Jackal Silver-backed Jackal Klipspringer Se Hyrax Em (heard) Leopard Em (heard) Lion Ng,Se,Sp Blue Monkey Me,Se Colobus Monkey Me,Nv Black Rhinoceros Ng White Rhinoceros Nk Reedbuck Se Topi Ng,Se,Sp Wart Hog Ng,Se,Sp,Nv,Nk Wildebeest Ng,Se,Sp Zebra Ng,Se,Sp,Nv,Nk