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Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Map of Awash National Park, Ethiopia

Adama Street View Fantalle Crater and Scout
Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) Beisa Oryx (Oryx beisa) Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) Grey-headed Batis (Batis orientalis) - Male Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush (Monticola saxatilis) - Male Somali Golden-breasted Bunting (Emberiza poliopleura)
Shining Sunbird (Nectarinia habessinica) Little Bee-eater (Merops pusillus) Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) Red-rumped Waxbill (Estrilda charmosyna) Salts dik-dik (Madoqua saltiana) - Male Salts dik-dik (Madoqua saltiana) - Female
Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator) Soemmerrings gazelle (Gazella soemmerringii) Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) Rosy-patched Bushshrike (Rhodophoneus cruentus) Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinica) African Grey Hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus) - Female
Red-backed Scrub-Robin (Cercotrichas leucophrys) White-winged Tit (Parus leucomelas) Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus flavirostris) Yellow-breasted Barbet (Trachyphonus margaritatus) Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens) African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus)

Awash National Park consists of the Fantelle Volcano and semi-arid savannah. Plenty of camels and cattle in this park.


Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia

1/16/2011: We woke up early in our attempt to find the Sombre Rock Chat and Yellow-throated Seedeater on the slopes of Mt. Fantelle.

It seems that there had been some recent trouble in the area as we were required to bring two scouts with us to the mountain. We took the car as far up the mountain as was possible, and then we started out on foot.

Little did either of us know, the plan for that day was to climb 2000 meters to the crater of the volcano. The climb up was not too difficult until we got near the rim where the path was a bit steep and slippery.

Coming back down was really difficult, though. We had not carried enough water since we thought we would only be walking for an hour or so. Also, we had not eaten anything. In addition, it was especially hot coming back. We arrived back to the road, exhausted, eight hours after starting the hike. The highlight of the hike was dipping on the Yellow Throated Seedeater.

That night, we stayed in a hotel near the Awash Falls. There is where we found out, too late, about a "Hyena Cave" nearby from whence 200 hyenas exit at dusk. Maybe next time.

Previous Visit (Lake Ziway: 1/15/2011)
Next Visit (Gondar: 1/18/2011)

Species Recorded (44)

Birds ( 37 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Rueppell's Griffon - Gyps rueppelli
Egyptian Vulture - Neophron percnopterus

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
African Harrier-Hawk - Polyboroides typus

Bustards ( Otididae )
Kori Bustard - Ardeotis kori

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Blue-naped Mousebird - Urocolius macrourus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Shining Sunbird - Cinnyris habessinicus
Mariqua Sunbird - Cinnyris mariquensis

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Striped Kingfisher - Halcyon chelicuti

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Little Bee-eater - Merops pusillus

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Abyssinian Roller - Coracias abyssinicus
Rufous-crowned Roller - Coracias naevius

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
African Gray Hornbill - Lophoceros nasutus
Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill - Tockus flavirostris

Barbets ( Lybiidae )
Black-billed Barbet - Lybius guifsobalito
Yellow-breasted Barbet - Trachyphonus margaritatus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Nubian Woodpecker - Campethera nubica
Cardinal Woodpecker - Chloropicus fuscescens

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Rock Martin - Ptyonoprogne fuligula

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Gray-headed Batis - Batis orientalis

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Rosy-patched Bushshrike - Rhodophoneus cruentus

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Mouse-colored Penduline-Tit - Anthoscopus musculus
White-winged Black-Tit - Melaniparus leucomelas

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
African Hill-Babbler - Sylvia abyssinica

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Red-backed Scrub-Robin - Cercotrichas leucophrys
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush - Monticola saxatilis
Sombre Chat - Oenanthe dubia
Blackstart - Oenanthe melanura
Pied Wheatear - Oenanthe pleschanka

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Mountain Wagtail - Motacilla clara

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Red-tailed Shrike - Lanius phoenicuroides
Woodchat Shrike - Lanius senator
Somali Fiscal - Lanius somalicus

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Somali Bunting - Emberiza poliopleura

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Black-cheeked Waxbill - Brunhilda charmosyna
Yellow-spotted Bush Sparrow - Gymnoris pyrgita
Red-billed Firefinch - Lagonosticta senegala




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