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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Birds of a Feather

I love to identify the wildlife I spot when I'm on holidays. Especially mammals or tropical fish. I'm not that much of a birdwatcher. Perhaps because those birds usually don't sit still and wait for me to take their picture.

There can be some intrinsic fun with African birds as well. It may even turn into an African Hobby for me!
It may be fun watching Mannikins showing the latest birdfashion and avoiding the catwalk in Africa for sure. They don't want to end up as a Cordon-Bleu for the first feline they encounter.

Still, it's more fun to have the all too Familiar Chat about Tits and Boobies. And perhaps let things get a bit Ruff, so you will end up Thick-Knees.

I'm sure the Zanzibar Bishop would be Plain Swift with expression his discontent. I'm merely a Babbler, just talk and no action.
I know, I still don't really Love Birds...
Just Go-Away Birds! I'd rather see a Wild Ass out there.

Met de gorilla's de mist in

De eerste 24 dagen maak ik een georganiseerde rondreis door Kenia, Oeganda, stukje Rwanda en Tanzania. In het originele reisschema gaan we dag 13-15 naar Rwanda om gorilla's te zoeken in het Parc National des Volcans. De gorilla permits voor ons zijn helaas ingetrokken door de overheid wegens dubbele boeking of fouten in hun administratie.

Gelukkig gaan we nog wel naar gorilla's, maar dan in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Oeganda. Door deze wijziging wordt het programma van dag 10 t/m dag 16 in omgekeerde volgorde uitgevoerd. Op dag 10 rijden we van Mabamba Bay door naar Bwindi. De gorilla permits zijn verdeeld over diverse gorilla families en worden op dag 11 bezocht. Op dag 12 verblijven we ook nog in Bwindi. Op dag 13 rijden we van Bwindi door naar Queen Elizabeth N.P. Vervolgens rijden we op dag 14 van Queen Elizabeth N.P. naar Fort Portal waar we de volgende dag (dag 15) de Chimpansees bezoeken in het Kibale Forest. Op dag 16 vervolgen we onze weg naar Lake Nabugabo. Het programma vanaf dag 17 (Bukoba) is verder ongewijzigd.

Duiken op Pemba.

Vandaag Duikmagazine gekocht. Er staat een artikel in over duiken bij Pemba (Tanzania). Ongerepte koraalriffen :-)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nice shopping today

A mega camera store is always nice. They have way too many good stuff and excellent choice. I had to leave with more stuff than anticipated.

Bought an excellent Lowepro DryZone Rover backpack for my camera equipment. Fully watersealed camera compartment and a built-in 'platypus' water container.

Last year in Madagascar I got quite frustrated with my lenses. In the spiny forest near Ifaty they had 2 main attractions: huge baobab trees and beautiful tiny little birds. That meant constant switching between my 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. Of course when you've just put on your 18-55mm you don't encounter baobabs, but only tiny birds. A solution for this is a typical traveller's lens that combines a wide angle with a zoom. And image stabilizer, which is much needed on safari.
So I bought a Canon EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 lens. It will solve these issues!

Next to some small stuff, I also needed a pair of Steiner Wildlife Pro binoculars (8.5x26) and a National Geographic Tundra Monopod (eenpoots statief).

On my way

Buying a new rucksack for my camera, a 20-200mm lens and binoculars at Kamera Express, a huge store in Capelle aan den IJssel.

Visum requests

Forms, more forms, prints, scans, pass photos, bills. Visum requests for Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania are on its way! Hurray :-)