One of Africa’s finest destination costliest with Birds is the Country of Uganda, well known and has gotten a variety of bird species(about 1010) of which most totals are not easily viewed in other parts of the African Continent .Due to the existence of the wonderful ancient forests, papyrus-fringed swamps & lakes, with the wide-open grasslands, in other wards various birding places in Uganda, this has enabled it(Uganda) be named as the best birding bliss and you know what one can relish all this on a Uganda Safari. It is shelter for the weird Shoebill. So we Monumental Expeditions Safaris we organise our travel plan to exploit our opportunities of tracing this special bird around the country. There are several National Parks in Uganda which act as the biggest shelter space for most of these bird species and meanwhile as you find time to prodigy at the remarkable bird species, you will have to definitely cross path with the mixture/assortment of more Wildlife that will fascinate your Bird watching tour /venture and make it more pleasant and memorable. Well the most appreciated and recommended time to view these birds is normally early in the morning and then late in the evenings.
Among the many National Parks that shelter these birds is the wonderful Queen Elizabeth which enhances in a surplus of 550 species of birds that have usually made it a delightful place for tourists that are Bird watching lovers. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in Rukungiri district, south-western parts of Uganda with an area coverage 1,978 km 2, on an altitude of 900 meters on head to head with Lake Edward up to 1,845 m at the topmost of the western Rift Valley’s to eastern Escarpment. Among the bird homes presented within this National park are Open woodlands, rivers, open grassland, lakes seasonal as well as permanent swamps.
There are various sea birds like the White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Knob-billed Ducks which are usually found along the impressive Kazinga Channel within the park. The noticeable bird species does involve birds like, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormo Martial Eagle, Black- rumped Buttonquail African Skimmer, White winged terns, White-winged Warbler, shoebill, African skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, Papyrus Canary, and the thin-tailed Nightjars and these are usually heard in the morning resonating in the branches of the trees. Then we also have those birds which reside in the forests like once you take a hike down into the grassy gorge, you will find a variety of forest species like the Grey Wood pecker, black & African Emerals Cuckoos, Hairy breasted Barbet, speckled Tinker bird, the purple-headed starling as well as the Green Hylia even though these are also commonly seen within the Maramagambo forest. Then we have the good-looking white -spotted fluff tail which is abundant within the brushes(thickets) by the river side.
Best time for bird watching
The best time to relish bird watching tours especially within Queen Elizabeth National Park is definitely from the months of December- February, you are advised to take a 2 Days / 3 Days bird watching tour and on such you can be able to view as many as possible, more than half of the 550 species verified within this park. But still more one could do Bird watching from months of late May- September, where there is low rainfall levels and food is in plenty, whereas the main nesting season in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is in months of May and June. Months of February & early March is the only period for Toro-Semliki because around this time it’s fairly dry, but it is uneasily hot in the North, involving in Murchison Falls National Park. However bird watching can be done /birds can be spotted in National Parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semiliki National Park, etc.