Reader Jente Ottenburghs, who studies biology in the Netherlands, sent some photos taken in Tanzania and a note:
In April I went to Tanzania for a two-week birding trip. Because it was low-season, it was very quiet on the savannah, in terms of jeeps. But it is the best time for bird watching. During the trip, I realized that most tourists don’t give a hoot about the birds, they are only interested in the big mammals. They don’t know what they are missing!
Black-faced sandgrouse, Pterocles decoratus [can you spot the grouse?]
Black-shouldered kite, Elanus caeruleus:
Two grey crowned cranes, Balearica regulorum:
Vultures on carcass (species not identified. Readers?):
Hamerkop (Scopus umbretta):
Here’s a picture of the hamerkop from Wikipedia, showing how it earned its name of “hammerhead”: