|Eurasian Bee-eaters at Manyara Ranch, Jan 2011|
|Chestnut weaver in non-breeding plumage, Manyara Ranch Aug 2011|
And this weekend I enjoyed a walk (in the rain - I am British, after all) around Lake Duluti where, among the regular species, a lesser flamingo was swimming around the lake in the company of this rather fine black duck. African black ducks are usually found rather rarely on highland rivers and streams, so this was quite a surprise - note it's very long body and obvious white wing marks, plus white bits on the base of the bill that separate it from other species here abouts. This and the flamingo were both new birds for me to see at Duluti, despite many visits there. The diversity of birds in Africa is truly amazing, and now, with the start of the rains, is a great time to look out for unusual things moving between their more regular locations. The forecast is for a good short rains around this part of Tanzania this year, so expect lots of breeding activing in the next few weeks too - all very exciting! Let me know if you see anything good!
|African Black Duck, Lake Duluti, Oct 2011|