Wild Kigali …

Although we were now in the big city our quest for wildlife isn’t quite at an end. The city boundary is, in part, formed by the Nyabaronga River and just over that is the Bugasera Swamp. The river is home to Hippos which you can find with diligent searching, they are just around the next bend. And although the banks are intensively cultivated the birding is excellent.

Hammerkop
Black Crake

Perhaps because the farming is mostly labour intensive by hand implement the birds permit quite close approach, a chance to sort out some Weavers, generally a challenging group …

Holub’s Golden Weaver
Slender-billed Weaver
Spectacled Weaver

Other denizens of the marsh include …

Speckled Mousebird
Swamp Flycatcher

Whilst in a vegetated area we encountered two of the African Babblers …

Arrow-marked Babbler
Black-lored Babbler

and along the river some Herons …

Little Egret
Grey Heron

To keep the hippos out of their crops the locals dig a trench between the river and their field. It only needs to be about two feet deep and two feet wide to keep the hippos out.

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