Birding trip report Ethiopia 24 Feb – 11 March 2011
John van der Woude -
Photos of birding sites
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First morning of the trip, in hotel garden in Addis Abbeba.

Marshy spot along the road, when driving from Addis to Debre Birhan.

At the Ankober Escarpment, for Ankober Serin.

Looking down from the Ankober Escarpment into one of the Rift Valley branches.

While driving down from the Ankober Escarpment into the Rift Valley. Erlanger's Lark somewhere here.

Half-collared Kingfisher was here, at the bottom of the Rift Valley below Ankober.

Awash national park, with Kori Bustard in the shade. In this park we had four bustard species.

Awash national park.

Awash national park, view from Kereyou lodge, our lunch site.

River view from our Awash Falls lodge.

Shady and very birdy garden of restaurant in Nazret.

Roadside stop for Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill.

Ziway lake border, good for many trip ticks.

Bale Mountains national park, forest zone. Our only Abyssinian Woodpecker and several Abyssinian Catbirds.

The road across the Sanetti plateau in Bale Mountains NP. Francolins and Ethiopian Wolf.

A lake on the Sanetti plateau. Normally a good spot for Spot-beasted Plover, but we had to look elsewhere.

Marsh along the main road near Bale mts. NP. Here we had 74 Spot-breasted Plovers.

The grassy plain outside Negele, with Sidamo Lark (Liben Lark).

Savanna bush with termite mound, between Negele and Yabello. Red-naped Bush-shrike in this region.

Dawa river between Negele and Yabello, with, after some patience, White-winged Dove and Juba Weaver.

Open savanna SE of Yabello. Negussie and the four drivers.

Same savanna.

Along the road South of Yabello (the road to Kenya). After a rainy night, many D'Arnouds Barbets were singing.

In the old open woodland near the 'fish market' of Awassa lake. Good for Banded Barbet.

Some trees remaining from the Wondo Genet forest. Despite the severe deforestation we still we got our target birds here, like Spotted Creeper.

More remains of the Wondo Genet forest. We fear that in about five years no large trees will be left.