I was in the Ssese Islands over the weekend to shoot something for a UN publication on the subject of the HIV/AIDS rate amongst the fishing communities there, and I did the work. However (as Andrew Green, the writer I was working with, put it), it also revealed me as a closet birder. I photographed a lot of birds, partly because there were a lot of birds around. Here are some of those pictures. There are more somewhere but I haven’t got around to editing them yet. I also haven’t the foggiest about the names of some of them, so suggestions in the comments box as usual please. Will Garforth (who I owe an email), I’m looking at you.
I love the weaverbirds. The trees they colonise for their shouty little towns of hanging fibre nests get torn to shreds by these yellow clowns, but they seem to have so much fun.
Then we went down to the fishing villages, and there were egrets everywhere, nicking the fish.
And kingfishers, though they seemed much more interested in fishing for themselves. Possibly betraying a leaning towards a morality the egrets haven’t developed.
But back to the egrets.
Then as we sat and ate lunch, these two came and sat on the wires nearby, reminding me that it’s winter at home.
It was a long but productive weekend, and I’ll share more of the shots when they’ve run in the magazine. There’s a lot of pictures of boats for you to look forward to.
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