Back to Budongo …

My bags are on the floor, packed and ready to go.

There are some Swamp Wallabies down by the creek. When I wake up in a couple of days time it may well be a Chimpanzee that will be walking past my window. Uganda here I come.

Part of the time will be at the Budongo Research Station and will be spent banding little birds in the rain forest.

I am looking forward to catching up with old friends and to sharing the experience with you. Broadband access will be intermittent so bear with me.

You can read about the last trip by winding the blog back to June and July 2017.

Woodswallows …

I was just heading off to one of my favourite birding spots, Maryborough sewage treatment plant when I noticed that my driveway was busy with woodswallows. So I changed my plan and grabbed the camera.

These birds are summer visitors and seem to always be on the move. There are plenty about this year probably because of the dry conditions further north. Flocks can be huge, White-browed Woodswallows tend to be the most numerous often accompanied by their masked cousins. They breed in mixed colonies.

The adult males of both species are beautifully marked. The youngsters and females are also attractive but in more muted tones – designer pastels.

White-browed Woodswallow adult male
White-browed Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow adult male
Masked Woodswallow