28 Jun 2015

Some African species - Wadi Jaw

The main wadi at the bottom of the Raydah escarpment has a luxuriant mixture of wild figs and small gardens as well as large acacia tree and- other tall vegetation. The birds in the lusher tropical wadi bottom include a number of uncommon African species some of which are resident and others that are summer visitors. African Grey Hornbill, Violet-backed Starling, Bruce's Green Pigeon and Shining Sunbird were all found in this lush valley. This was the first time I had been down the wadi as I did not realise it was there until recently. Previously we went to the bottom of the Raydah Escarpment and stopped in the first village. The birding in the wadi was excellent with a number of very good birds seen including; Rock Dove, 10 Laughing Doves, White-browed Coucal, two African Grey Hornbills, six Grey-headed Kingfishers, two White-throated Bee-eaters, five Tristram's Starlings, three Violet-backed Starlings, three White-spectacled Bulbuls, five Abyssinian White-eyes, Blackstart, two Little Rock Thrushes, Palestine Sunbird, Shining Sunbird and two African Silverbills.
African Grey Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
Rock Dove
Rock Dove
Violet-backed Starling
Violet-backed Starling
White-throated Bee-eater
White-throated Bee-eater

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