Saturday, October 30, 2010

This one are we waiting for!!

NHBS.COM says due 2011 !!
This DVD-R features high quality MP3 recordings of more than 1350 species of birds in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi). Both songs and calls are given where relevant, together with notes on the recordings and illustrations from the Helm Field Guide: Birds of East Africa.

Once the recordings have been loaded onto your PC or laptop, they can be downloaded onto an iPod or MP3 player for use in the field. The recordings are a companion to the field guide and can be used in conjunction with it.

Almost every species ever recorded in the region is featured in this extraordinary collection and it will be a magnificent resource for all birders and ornithologists visiting the region.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Yellow-legged Gull - New for Tanzania!

Hi all,

I can't wait to show you my today's sighting! Photos here.

Of course, any comment are welcome. First answers I got from european gull specialists confirm it is a Yellow-legged (red eye-ring, yellow legs, pale mantle, red of bill extending to upper mandible...).

I also hope Neil will confirm it is well the first in Tanzania (even East Africa?).

This is quite a wow and totally unexpected, it was not on my wish list of country additions. I got to know these birds quite well in Libya in the late 70s but for one to turn up in Tanzania, what to say. Pushes us ever closer to 1150 species.
Valery, please prepare a note for the EARC, all the usual information and your excellent photos.
Cheers and many congratulations. If you are revisting Lukuba in the next few months do look out for Slender-bills, only two previous records for TZ, the first was from Victoria. There is also a pending claim of a Pallas' (Greater Black-headed) but the image quality from a video clip was poor.
The Ugandans and Kenyans now need to be aware of Yellow-legs to add this bird to their country lists.
Neil and Liz Baker, Tanzania Bird Atlas, P.O. Box 1605, Iringa, Tanzania.
Mobiles: +255 776-360876 and +255 776-360864.