Uganda Bird Watching to Mabamba Bay
Last week, i set out to Uganda fro a meeting and birding. i set out to go to Mapamba swamps west of Entebbe very early one morning with one agenda, to see a shoebill! The site is the most accessible for spotting the wild species of Shoebill Stork in the whole world. The Birding excursion is done on the canoes in bog channels. These hefty marshlands are home to an ecological unit of birds, animals, bugs, fish, that are not found elsewhere. The Shoebill is part of that ecology, preferring the loneliness of these large marshes. Additionally, there are gazelles specifically adapted to the hovering flora.
A canoe cruise through papyrus swamp in the Mabamba will take you to the unscathed attractiveness of the wetland, where you will have the highest chance of seeing Shoebill and other papyrus specialist birds like Saddle-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana, and other swamp specialties. Mabamba trip will offer you with an opportunity to make acquainted with one of Uganda’s stunning swamps. The Mabamba marshland is a newly discovered home for the most wanted bird the shoebill that you look out for in the skies and down on the swamp. Others bird species at Mabamba include the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal and other swamp specialties. In the afternoon, drive back to Boma Hotel in Entebbe for a rest.
The Mabamba Bay Wetland was chosen as a Ramsar Site as a wetland of international importance in 2006. The wetland because it is home to rare and globally threatened bird species like the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea) and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, the Sitatunga plus other birds of global preservation concern. Apart from Murchison Falls National Park, Mabamba Wetland is the only place and site where the elusive Shoebill can be spotted at anytime. It is globally recognized and is protected under the Ramsar Convention. This Convention on wetlands signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the agenda for national action and global cooperation for the protection and wise use of wetlands and their wealth.