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    Trip Reports:
    Tanzania 2011 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/10294-tanzania-2011-my-first-safari-ever/)
    Northern Circuit 09/11

    India 2012 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/10565-india-november-2012/)
    Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Corbett 11/12

    Brazil 2013 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/11651-brazil-september-2013/)
    Pantanal North, Iguacu 09/13

    Botswana 2014 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/12546-kwandos-green-season/)
    Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Nxai Pan, Kwara & Kwando Concession 03/14

    Kenya 2014 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/13241-from-meru-to-mara/)
    Meru, Samburu, Aberdares, Nakuru, Mara 09/14

    India 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/14359-stripes-of-wild-india/)
    Kaziranga, Kanha, Pench, Tadoba 03/15

    Kenya 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/14605-majestic-moorlands-peaks-and-falls-a-return-to-the-aberdares/)
    Aberdares, Solio, Ol Pejeta 06/15

    Zimbabwe 2015 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/15467-mana-magic-and-hwange-highlights/)
    Mana Pools: Kanga Camp, Chitake Springs, Flood Plains; Hwange NP 10/15

    South Africa 2016 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/16424-blue-cape-white-waters-red-dunes/)
    Cape Town, De Hoop, Bontebok NP, Augrabies Falls, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 05/2016

    Rwanda and Kenya 2016 (http://safaritalk.net/topic/17027-a-thousand-hills-a-million-smiles-gentle-giants-a-rwanda-and-kenya-safari/)
    Rwanda: Akagera NP, Volcanoes NP
    Kenya: Masai Mara, Mara Triangle, Kakamega NP, Lake Baringo, Lake Bogoria NP, Solio, Aberdares NP

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  1. So that concludes the Ethiopian part of my Big Year. According to Wiki 924 bird species can be found in the country, so I´m very happy with getting 254 (more than a quarter of the "menu") of them. I´d guess we saw at least a 100 more, not really sure. Concerning the endemics I do remember that we saw Erlanger´s Lark and Ethiopian Cisticola but both were not cooperating. The two most interesting endemics not seen, the Prince Ruspoli´s Turaco and Streseman´s Bush-Crow (which is the cover picture for my bird book) were never a possibility, we would have had to go a bit more South to the country than we did. From now on - back to good old Europe!
  2. 331/ET254.) Ethiopian Siskin (Serinus nigriceps) / Schwarzkopfgirlitz - ENDEMIC The last one. Not exactly going out with a bang here rather very ebc but I´m sticking to the scientific order. At least it´s a proper Ethiopian endemic.
  3. 330/ET253.) Yellow-Crowned Canary (Serinus flavivertex) / Gelbstirngirlitz Quite common in Harenna Forest, Bale Mt. NP.
  4. 329/ET252.) Brown-Rumped Seedeater (Serinus tristriatus) / Rüppelgirlitz - ENDEMIC Somewhere on the road on the way to Bale. A very common highlands bird.
  5. 328/ET251.) Streaky Seedeater (Serinus striolatus) / Strichelgirlitz Somewhere between Addis and Guassa. They were very common in Guassa especially but going through my photos I realized I never made an effort for them so this is the only one I have.
  6. 327/ET250.) African Citril (Serinus citrinelloides) / Dünnschnabelgirlitz Lake Langano. A very common bird. The male with the darkish head.
  7. 326/ET249.) Bronze Mannikin (Spermestes cucullata) / Kleinelsterchen One sighting around Lake Awasa.
  8. 325/ET248.) African Quailfinch (Ortygospiza atricollis) / Wachtelastrild Somewhere between Addis and Guassa. Apparently quite a rare sighting according to Abiy.
  9. 324/ET247.) African Firefinch (Lagonosticta rubricata) / Dunkelamarant. Awash NP. Reasonably (but not completely) sure about this one and the ebc-photo does not help - but the bill does not seem to be red, and the tail is blackish.
  10. 323/ET246.) Red-Billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) / Senegalamarant Doho Lodge. Unfortunately the much more striking male was not around.
  11. 322/ET245.) Red-Cheeked Cordon-Bleu (Uraeginthus bengalus) / Schmetterlingsastrild Lake Langano. The most common of all these beautiful tiny Waxbill-like birds.
  12. 321/ET244.) Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis) / Samtweber Very common in Guassa, but they are not easy to get - small and fast-moving birds. Fortunately one took a bit of mercy on me.
  13. 320/ET243.) Chestnut Weaver (Ploceus rubiginosus) / Maronenweber Lake Langano. Another new Weaver for me.
  14. 319/ET242.) Village (formerly Black-Headed) Weaver (Ploceus cucullatus) / Dorfweber Doho Lodge. One of the most common Weavers occurring almost everywhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. Male: Female (the one with the red eye):
  15. 318/ET241.) Rüppel´s Weaver (Ploceus galbula) / Gilbweber Lake Langano (where it was common). A new bird for me, it´s only occurring in the Horn and parts of Sudan and the Arabian peninsula.

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