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ETHIOPIA 2013

Every year in Ethiopia is different and can bring surprises. This year it was exceptionally wet which, although impacted birding in the Goba area, didn’t prevent us from seeing all of the key species. On the other hand however, high levels of water in the lakes helped us to see nine White-backed Ducks, Southern Pochard and Maccoa Duck, which we don’t see every year. We also were lucky to see several special birds including Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Tiny Cisticola, Black-bellied Bustard, Lesser Jacana and four Secretary-birds (two in both Yabello and Awash). Despite the difficult weather conditions, we saw record numbers of Simeon Wolves with seven in one day. Surprisingly for a normally solitary animal, we saw packs of three one day and four the next day. We also recorded unusually high numbers of Abyssinian Crimson-wings (including around 40 along the road in Harenna Forest in mixed flocks with Yellow-bellied Waxbills) and Somali Coursers (22 in Yabello) plus exceptional view of three (not just one!) Prince Ruspoli's Turacos. We again added a few new species to Birdfinders cumulative Ethiopia list: Eurasian Thick-knee, vittata Pied Wheatear, Southern Citril and Black Scrub-robin. With the 2014 tour already more than half full, we recommend that you book early for this exciting tour which we have run for the past eight years.

Blue-winged Goose African Pygmy-goose
African Black Duck Clapperton's Francolin
Saddle-billed Stork
Secretary-bird Eastern Chanting-goshawk
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk Arabian Bustard
Kori Bustard and Northern Carmine Bee-eater Rouget's Rail
Black-winged Lapwing Spot-breasted Lapwing
Lesser Jacana Somali Courser
Rameron Pigeon Lemon Dove
White-cheeked Turaco Prince Ruspoli's Turaco
Cape Eagle-owl African Long-eared Owl
Slender-tailed Nightjar
Madagascar Bee-eater Northern Carmine Bee-eater
Abyssinian Scimitar-bill Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Von Der Decken's Hornbill Hemprich's Hornbill
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill Banded Barbet
Black-billed Barbet Abyssinian Woodpecker
Bearded Woodpecker Black-winged Lovebird
Yellow-fronted Parrot Grey-headed Batis
Red-naped Bushshrike Tropical (Ethiopian) Boubou
Somali Fiscal Dark-headed Oriole (<em>meneliki</em>)
African Black-headed Oriole Stresemann's Bush-crow
Thick-billed Raven Liben Lark
Foxy Lark Somali Short-toed Lark
Short-tailed Lark Ashy Cisticola
Winding (Ethiopian) Cisticola Tiny Cisticola
Yellow-bellied Eremomola Abyssinian Catbird
White-rumped Babbler Abyssinian Slaty-flycatcher
Sombre Chat Mourning (Schalow's) Wheatear
Bristle-crowned Starling Mariqua Sunbird
Abyssinian Longclaw White-backed Black-tit
Somali Bunting Southern Citril
Salvadori's Serin Steel-blue Whydah
Straw-tailed Whydah Gelada Baboon
Ethiopian Wolf
Bale Mountains
Awash
Stresemann's Bush Crow

Stresemann's Bush Crow