Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our first Mekoro experience

Our first "official" safari expedition was a new one to us - mekoro!  This is a canoe that we get to sit back in with our legs all stretched out, fairly completely relaxed, while someone else moves us around i the water.  Sort of gondola-style.  Make o mistake - it is awesome!  And just about perfect after spending 28 hours travelling.......

 There were three mekoros, with one couple each.  It was wonderful!  We told them we were hoping to see kingfishers.  They said we would definitely see pied and maybe malachite.  We told them we really hoped to see malachite at some point!

Right away we saw one of the locals, this yellow-billed kite.  We saw this guy just about every day we were there.
Yellow-billed Kite
And just a few minutes in - malachite kingfisher!  Look at that beak!  Look at that blue head!  Rididulous!  We pushed right up into the reeds to get super-close.  
Malachite Kingfisher
 Fish eagle!  It turns out there are a few nesting pairs there, so we got to see them and hear their calls often.
Fish Eagle
 Our first look at a black heron........
Black Heron didn't last.  Look at its yellow feet!
Black Heron and Squacco Heron
 Here is the malachite kingfisher's back.  It looks made-up but it's not!  :-)
Malachite Kingfisher
 Here is a coucal which is almost but not quite a cuckoo.
Coppery-tailed Coucal
 And take a look at these pigeons!  They are much prettier than the ones I am used to in NYC.
Green Pigeons

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