Monday, October 29: After our morning of birdwatching, we each have an hour-long massage in the massage hut. It’s wonderfully relaxing, except for the deep tissue kneading the masseuse does on my calves. They feel bruised and beaten after all is said and done.
After our massages, we take another walk along the lakeshore, where we see a couple of scary-looking birds that appear to be right out of some prehistoric age. They’re Abyssinian ground hornbills, and they don’t seem frightened of us at all. They just strut their stuff confidently under the acacia trees and across the pumice rock.
While the strange black birds strut around like they own the land, a yellow-billed stork sits quietly on the lakeshore.
And we see a companionable little group of spur-winged plovers and Senegal thick-knees relaxing on the pumice stones.
As we stroll back through the forest toward our cabin, we hear leaves rustling overhead and find some elusive black & white Colobus monkeys darting about through the branches. This one sits still just long enough for us to capture a blurry image of him on camera.
And later still, as I swing on the hammock by the lake, this black bird comes into the branches directly overhead. I’m not sure what he is, but he’s possibly a Northern black flycatcher or a fork-tailed drongo. I don’t know about the forked tail though, as his tail doesn’t look very forked to me.
Here at Lake Langano is the first time I have ever done any birdwatching, and I find it quite fascinating, especially as Ed knows his birds and has a book about birds of Ethiopia. I love being out in nature at this place along Lake Langano.