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Ethiopia 2009

   

Ethiopia

January 31st to February 14th 2009

This trip is split into two parts.  Firstly a horse riding trip from just outside Addis Ababa to Debra Libanos followed by a journey to Bahir Dar, to see Lake Tana and the Blue Nile falls, Gonder and an intended visit to the rock churches of Lalibela.  Due to flight problems Lalibela was never reached and it was necessary to return to Addis Ababa by road.

 

 

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either on  a) Horse Riding

or             b) Cultural

or             c) Wildlife

or             d) Bird List

 

 

For the original Flikr page please link to Ethiopia 2009.

 

 

 

Horse Riding

 

Day One

A tour of Addis Ababa visiting the Ethnological museum and a typical merchants house where we were welcomed for coffee and kolo, roasted grains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Days Two and Three

A ride from Menagesha, the location of the stables, up to the forest of Suba.  Our return ride enabled us to visit a church situated on the side of an extinct volcano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Days Four to Six

Riding from Menagesha to Debra Libanos and camping near Chancho, Gorfo and Muketure along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Ibis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Seven

An early arrival at Debre Libanos gave us a chance to visit the new church built by Emperor Haile Selassie and to see the Gelada Baboons on the edge of the deep ravine.  Our accommodation for the night was also on the edge of the gorge and we were able to view many birds including the Lammergeier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egyptian Vulture

 

Lammergeier

 

Lammergeier

 

Lammergeier and Ruppell's

Griffon Vulture

Lammergeier

 

Yellow-billed Kite

 

Gelada Baboon

 

Gelada Baboon

 

Days Eight to Ten

The journey back to Menagesha took us again through open farm land with some interesting streams and waterfalls.  We stayed in Ilukora and Chancho on the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural

Day Eleven

A flight took us from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar.  We visited Ura Kidane Mihret monastery on the edge of Lake Tana and made a visit to the Blue Nile falls at Tisissat.

Blue Nile Falls

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Nile Falls

 

Portuguese Bridge

 

Blue Nile Falls

 

Portuguese Bridge

 

Ura Kidane Monastery

Minaret

Blue Nile

 

 

 

Reed Boat

 

 

 

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

 

Augur Buzzard

 

 

 

Day Twelve

Another flight took us to Gondar.  Here we visited the Castle compound, the Debre Birhan Selassie church and King Fasilidas Bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Days Thirteen and Fourteen

These were spent mostly at the airport waiting for a flight to Addis Ababa.  Finally we decided to drive back to Bahir Dar on the way to Addis Ababa.

Day Fifteen

A drive taking most of the day enabled us to reach the airport in Addis Ababa in time for our flights home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife

Wattled Ibis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groundscrapper Thrush

 

Stonechat

 

 

 

Tropical Boubou

 

 

 

Wattled Ibis

 

Double-toothed Barbet

 

 

 

Groundscraper Thrush

 

Flycatcher

 

 

 

Thick-billed Raven

 

Augur Buzzard

 

Thick-billed Raven

 

Long-tailed Sunbird

 

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

 

Augur Buzzard

 

Abyssinian Thrush

 

Abyssinian Lovebird

 

Speckled Pigeon

 

Abyssinian Thrush

 

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

 

African Paradise Flycatcher

 

Red-billed Hornbill

 

Egyptian Vulture

 

Yellow-billed Kite

 

Lammergeier

 

Lammergeier

 

Lammergeier

 

Lammergeier

 

Egyptian Vulture

 

Pied Wheatear

 

Egyptian Vulture

 

Rock Dove

 

Egyptian Vulture

 

Yellow-vented Bulbul

 

African Rock Bunting

 

Palestine Sunbird

 

Female Sunbird

 

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

 

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

 

Groundscraper Thrush

 

 

 

Palestine Sunbird

 

Sacred Ibis

 

Blue-winged Goose

 

Black Stork

 

Common Crane

 

 

 

Flamingo

 

Cliff Chat

 

Common Cranes

 

Hammerkop

 

White Collared Pigeon

 

Wood Hoopoe

 

Hemprich's Hornbill

 

 

Bird List

Little Grebe

Yellow-billed Egret

Cattle Egret

Greater Flamingo

African Sacred Ibis

Wattled Ibis

Black Stork

Blue-winged Goose

Egyptian Goose

Yellow-billed Duck

Black Kite

Yellow-billed Kite

Osprey

Ruppell's Griffon Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

Lammergeier

Crested Francolin

Common Crane

Spot-breasted Lapwing

Spur-winged Lapwing

Black-winged Stilt

Common Greenshank

White-collared Pigeon

Speckled Pigeon

Yellow-fronted Parrot

White-bellied Go-away-bird

Hammerkop

Pied Kingfisher

European Roller

Northern re-billed Hornbill

Mosque Swallow

Yellow Wagtail

Groundscraper Thrush

Northern Wheatear

African Paradise Flycatcher

Yellow-vented Bulbul

Common Fiscal

Shining Sunbird

Scarlet-chested Sunbird

Abysinian Lovebird

Augur Buzzard

Double-toothed Barbet

Fan-tailed Raven

Pelican

Cormorant

Cliff Chat

Pied Crow

Black-billed Woodhoopoe

Hemprich's Hornbill

Carmine Bee-eater

Abyssinian Slaty Flycatcher