ETHIOPIA   -   AUGUST 2004

14 photos

Ethopia had amazing opportunities for bird photography. Unfortunately, at the time I had very poor gear - a low-end non-HD Kowa scope with a hoaky digiscoping adaptor. I borrowed an SLR to take the Blue-winged Goose shot, clearly the sharpest of the bunch here. This really was the trip that inspired me to improve my digiscoping gear.

While traveling in Ethiopia wasn't as fun as in other places thanks to the wierd food, often subpar accommodation, and the sheer number of people who follow you around while birding, I would certainly go back. The birding is easy and fantastic, mainly because hunting of birds is very rare. Unlike many poor countries, you do not see people going around with slingshots shooting everything that moves.


Blue-winged Goose - Cyanochen cyanoptera
Blue-winged Goose
Cyanochen cyanoptera
(S3)


Hottentot Teal - Anas hottentota
Hottentot Teal
Anas hottentota
(D1)


Hammerkop - Scopus umbretta
Hammerkop
Scopus umbretta
(D1)


Wattled Crane - Bugeranus carunculatus
Wattled Crane
Bugeranus carunculatus
(D1)


White-cheeked Turaco - Tauraco leucotis
White-cheeked Turaco
Tauraco leucotis
(D1)


Grayish Eagle-Owl - Bubo cinerascens
Grayish Eagle-Owl
Bubo cinerascens
(D1)


Half-collared Kingfisher - Alcedo semitorquata
Half-collared Kingfisher
Alcedo semitorquata
(D1)


Woodland Kingfisher - Halcyon senegalensis
Woodland Kingfisher
Halcyon senegalensis
(D1)


Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill - Bucorvus abyssinicus
Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill
Bucorvus abyssinicus
(D1)


Red-fronted Tinkerbird - Pogoniulus pusillus
Red-fronted Tinkerbird
Pogoniulus pusillus
(D1)


Nubian Woodpecker - Campethera nubica
Nubian Woodpecker
Campethera nubica
(D1)


Brown-throated Wattle-eye - Platysteira cyanea
Brown-throated Wattle-eye
Platysteira cyanea
Female. (D1)


White-crowned Starling - Lamprotornis albicapillus
White-crowned Starling
Lamprotornis albicapillus
(D1)


Cinnamon-breasted Bunting - Emberiza tahapisi
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
Emberiza tahapisi
(D1)

















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