The African Bird Club and other online sweeteners (Tanzania).

The wonderful yet under-resourced African Bird Club seems to be based, for predictable historical reasons, out of computers in the flat of England. When I lived in The Seychelles I paid to become a founder member, thirty years ago. It has, or perhaps we could say is, a good website. Most of all it has very helpful country pages including, of course, one devoted to Tanzania.

It displays quite a lot better if you go to it in “real life” (haha) rather than from here in my dumb little phone. I hope so anyway!

What else on the ABC website is useful to somebody who loves the birds in Africa, more especially someone who is visiting or, even better, living in Tanzania?

That’s a link to the Tanzania Bird Life partner. (WordPress seems unable to embed any media associated with the above URL and seemingly some of the following ones as well.) There not much in this website, to be brutally honest, except the predictable visual muzak of buzz words, the ubiquitous “donate” buttons and a few embedded historically and politically appropriate photographs. Presumably there’s not enough money coming in to maintain it. Little opportunity therefore for the wee screenies to “learn more”!

Let’s try another one, it might be better :

That’s a link to a virtual community, the Tanzania Birders’ Community (TBC) on “good old” FB (Met-averse!). Sadly it’s getting a bit out of date!

Aha! here’s a more useful and up to date link to a bunch of intelligent younger folk, most of whom are living in and around Arusha, who are really trying to make a difference. And of course to earn a little living for themselves and their families. The “only way forward?” In our crazy world.

That’s hats off to Attraction Birds Conservation, and my thanks to James Nasary, a point of contact and active member of the team.

Some of the guys at the Engikaret Maasai lark site, aka only home of Beesley’s Pygmy Spike-heeled Lark (Critically Endangered)

Another really useful FB site is Birding Tanzania. So I’ll try to link to it here! once again I’m unable to embed media.

Here’s the latest post from Neil Baker who is of course a legend. Neil is the go-to person if you really want to learn in greater depth about the history of ornithology (bins) Tanzania.

Anyway, we’ve not had much food here today, it’s the war you know, so I’m exhausted after a couple of hours of dibble-dabble and ducking into the vaults of the etherscape. Consequently and in order to momentarily indulge my daily need for a little nostalgia, here are a few more (embedded) photos of my own, ripe with trite captions!

A Red-eyed Dove taking a shower! This is the wannabe collared dove, the standard dove (an African original) of most of the highland areas of Tanzania and also common along the coast. Anywhere where there are a few evergreen trees and a fruit and seed rich under storey around those trees.
Hybrid Lovebirds (Yellow-collared x Fisher’s) in Arusha on the same branches as the dove (above). It was our garden. See more on my FB pages as seemingly I’m unable to copy and paste any of the text here.
The boardwalk at Lake Manyara’s hippo pools now sadly destroyed by recent Gaia-flooding, so I gather. I’ll see the current situation for myself at the end of March on my next Eagle-Eye safari. There’s one place left if anyone’s interested.
Debbie Hilaire and I have identical photos of this displaying bustard in Ngorongoro Crater. Kori of course. Not a Mute Swan, a Wandering Albatross or a California Condor. Who is the greatest anyway? Neither do I mind that Debbie’s pix are of a far finer pixel quality!
Another photo from our old garden in Kiranyi, Arusha. After all this is a post about birds on a wire if not yet at the wall. Pole sana wote!

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