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  1. Im sorry @pault for the inconvenience with Google translate in this part. Maybe it's because of all the names in between. From part III I would like to add a few more pics. Bahir Dar and the Blue Nile Falls In the Ethiopian highlands Zumra, the founder of the Awra Amba Community Kuriftu Resort in Bahir Dar Bindenlärmvogel - Eastern Grey Plantain-eater (Crinifer zonurus) Blue Nile Falls Höckerglanzgans - Knob-billed Duck (Sarkidiornis melanotos)
  2. The flights are booked. For the visa we have to apply on November the 20th again because our first try was too early. On January the 18th we will be the first time in India. Thanks to all who wrote such nice and inspiring trip reports. I hope we'll have an amazing time.
  3. @kilopascal Oh Uganda was before I found ST. It's very nice that you like to follow us through Africa. Thanks for that. Welcome in Lalibela - World Heritage Site since 1978. The next part is finished. If you like you can come with us to the Rock-hewn Churches. Lalibela The Ethiopian Highlands with fantastic views Mt. Abune Yoseph Bete Medhane Alem A priest coming out of the tunnel between Bete Medhane Alem zur Bete Maryam Bete Maryam Bete Maryam inside In the north compound Sunset in the mountains around Lalibela Bete Gabriel-Rafael Acanthocercus cyanogaster Bete Emanuel Bete Abba Libanos A funeral Bete Giyorgis Details from Bete Giyorgis Senegalamarant - Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) traditional weaver in Lalibela This all and much more pics from in and outside the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela you can find in the new part. This is the link to part III.
  4. Thanks all for taking your time to discuss the sunbird. As you maybe know we are not really birders. I'm not patient enough for this. @inyathi I know "avibase" and use it for looking up the German names. Last year for Kenya I printed the checklist for Kenya and Zarek always wrote the date behind the bird ID when we saw some and took pictures. So it was easy to identify afterwards at home. For our upcoming trip to India the list is already printed but for Ethiopia I forgot to do so. Thanks again for helping.
  5. @optig I think in general an armed escort is nothing to be worried so much. We had our ranger with us and Zarek on the way to Lake Turkana and also police and/or army as security guards in the Danakil. To me important is that a very good and trustworthy Guide with contacts to the area or up to date information is able to check the situation before you go.
  6. Thanks very much @inyathi and @offshorebirder for your help.
  7. Thanks @offshorebirder and @inyathi I have another nice female sunbird were we really struggle with the ID. Maybe someone of the experts can help again. It's from Lalibela too.
  8. Thanks @pault unfortunately I don't have any another angle of this bird.
  9. Please can the experts take a look what bird is it. Seen in Lalibela. Thanks in advance.
  10. @pault Thanks for your nice reply. Yes, most of the visits to the markets were planned and Firew build up the trip exactly around this days. We were flexible with our starting day. I hope you saw the two little videos from Senbete and Bati Market too at the end of both captures. Bati Market Camel Parking in Bati The typical hairstyle of an Oromo man Henna is used to color the grey beard or hear A old KrAZ from Russia On the way back in the Highlands This all you can find in part II. Here is the link again to our homepage with lots of more pictures.
  11. Maybe a short addition to the Wild Ass. We think there is also interaction between Wild Ass and domestic donkeys. The following pic is from Senbete Market. You can see the little donkey in the front and another one on the left side. I think the strips on the legs are not normal for domestic donkeys. @optig You are absolutely right. To me it seems that Ethiopia until now is happy with the tourists on the historical route. Wildlife is not really in their focus. Our Guide agreed with this. One of his good friends is the Game Warden from Nech Sar NP. Firew talked with him over the phone. He said: "The short time with African Parks was the best time the park ever had. If he could contact them he really would like to get them back tomorrow". I think it says very much about the problems in Ethiopia to protect special places for the future.
  12. @Zim Girl Thank you so much for cheering your DRC adventure with us. I have to reread it again for getting more details. This part of Africa is for many years in my head but would like to combine it with Rwanda and Burundi. I hope that one day Burundi will be save again and a visit will be possible.
  13. @SafariChick Thanks so much of following us through Ethiopia. As I started planning this trip I was searching about the Somali Wild Ass. From the website of "IUCN SSC Equid Specialist Group" I found out that Yangudi-Rassa N.P. and Mile Serdo Wildlife Reserve should be the place to get a little chance to see them. As I asked our Guide Firew Ayele about this the answer was: no way to go there because of security reasons. There are always clashes between the tribes and I don't want you to get in the middle of this conflicts. Later I read from a French Lady that she saw a few Somali Wild Ass in January 2017 on a Game Drive in Alledeghi. To be honest I never heard of this before. So I asked our Guide again to include Alledeghi in our trip. We only had one Game Drive of about 4 to 5 hours in the reserve. We used two different roads both starting on the tarred road to the right side and as far as it was possible we drove off road too. I don't know if there are more roads to cover other areas in the reserve. What our ranger told us is that say see wild ass in average two times a month on game drives. It was clear for us that there is only a very little chance and you need big luck. @optig welcome on board too. @kilopascal Thank you very much for the flowers. Ethiopia is a land of wonders - extreme landscapes, the urban live especially on the colorful markets and the rich history. Senbete Market It is a place where Oromo, Amhara and Afar every Sunday come together.
  14. Menz-Guassa Community Conservation Area We start with a view in a valley on the way to Guassa Guassa Plateau Geladas in Guassa Strichelbrustkiebitz - Spot-breasted Lapwing (Vanellus melanocephalus) It is another endemic bird to the highlands of Ethiopia The Ethiopian Wolf - so happy to find them in Guassa People from the Market in Mahal Meda A breathtaking view in the Great Rift Valley close to the Community Lodge
  15. @Caracal thanks so much. When I have finished Ethiopia I'll add a few pics to the topic "show us the tribes and people of africa". I think there are a few more on my PC from other countries. Please be patient it'll be a long way to the Danakil. So the East part of Ethiopia is over. Let us continue slowly to the North. Part II is ready. This is the link. Sorry again that you have to struggle with Google English. Ankober Market day in the tiny town Aliyu Amba Ankober Palace Lodge The mountains around Ankober Weißringtaube - White-collared Pigeon (Columba albitorques) endemic to Ethiopia On the way to Dabre Birhan It'll be continued with pics from the other captures in part.

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