Friday, 25 February 2011

ETHIOPIA 25 February 2011: Yabello to Awassa

Friday 25 February.  We left the motel soon after dawn and had a brief stop a few kms out of town where we saw our last 3 Stresemann’s Bush Crows and first Buff-bellied Warblers.  It was then pretty much continual driving north to Awassa with little to enliven the journey although a Black Stork and  2 Bare-faced Go-away-birds were nice.  We arrived at the United Africa Hotel early afternoon and had a couple of hours in and around the grounds there seeing 8 African Pigmy Geese, 4 Northern Carmine Bee-eaters, 2 Silvery-cheeked Hornbills, 3 Double-toothed Barbets, 2 Red-throated Wrynecks, 2 Western Black-headed Batis, Ethiopian Boubou and 2 Marsh Warblers.  The rest of the afternoon was spent in Lake Awassa Park for our first decent array of African waterbirds including very 2 welcome but somewhat unexpected Allen’s Gallinules, Blue-headed Coucal, 4 Woodland, Pigmy, 12 Malachite and 10 Pied Kingfishers, Spotted Creeper and 15 Abyssinian Waxbills.

Stresemann's Bush Crow north of Yabello

Northern Carmine Bee-eater at Awassa

Red-throated Wryneck at Awassa

African Pigmy Geeses at Awassa

Marabou at Awassa

African Fish Eagle at Awassa

Spotted Creeper at Awassa

Abyssinian Waxbill at Awassa

Allen's Gallinule at Awassa

Pigmy Kingfisher at Awassa

Woodland Kingfisher at Awassa

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