873We were delighted to discover the beautiful array of birds in Tanzania. We expected lots of animals and startling vistas but never even thought about birds.

The intensity of the colors continued to amaze us. This Von der Decken’s Hornbill  found a grub for lunch.7161262We identified more than 60 species.

We have earlier mentioned flamingos but it was incredible to see hundreds of thousands of them.1049Three large lakes covered with them. They seemed to go forever around the lakes.


Birds of Prey also abounded. This is the Augur Buzzard, much prettier than his name.

986Black shouldered Kite

1374Not all are pretty! This Marabou Stork takes the prize for ugly.

Some are spectacular! These crowned cranes are stunning.2376

This was a pair with two chicks.




1432This secretary bird struts proudly.

The rollers are very colorful; this is the lilac-breasted roller.
567When we returned home we learned that there are 1106 different species of bird in Tanzania. We had barely scraped the surface. No discussion of birds can be complete with an Ostrich. This is a male attempting to attract a girlfriend.


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