Mabamba shoebill excursion from Entebbe – This large water bird is unmistakable due to its unique ‘shoe-shaped’ bill which gives it an almost prehistoric appearance – reminding us of birds’ dinosaur ancestry.
The nest is large and flattened, built amid swamp grasses or sedges and usually on a mound of floating vegetation or a small island. The construction can be up to three metres wide. Although a clutch of up to three dull, chalky-white eggs is laid, typically only one nestling survives due to inter-sibling rivalry, where the larger (generally first born) chick will out-compete and/or kill its siblings. The breeding season varies, being dependent on Africa’s seasonal flood cycle.
Found in nine countries across Africa the species has a large range, but exists in small localised populations concentrated around swamps and wetlands. Individuals are highly solitary – often the male and female in a breeding pair prefer to occupy different ends of their shared territory.
The Shoebill is undergoing a continuing decline owing to the effects of habitat destruction and degradation, pollution, nest disturbance, hunting, and capture for the live bird trade. The global population is currently estimated at between 5,000-8,000 birds and the species is classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Travellers can take a bout transfer across the lagoon near the ferry landing site in Nakiwogo or take a two hour drive via kisubi-Kasanje road which can easily be accessible using 4×4 vehicles from Entebbe however early morning departure may be required as they are better and chances of finding the shoebill are high
The birding in the swamp is done on wooden dugout canoe without a top and clients are expected to carry a hut, sun screen, rain jacket, water prove equipment protection bag, cameras , spear batteries, binoculars and enough drinking water
1 pax -100$- this will include traditional motorised canoe boat, bird guide and a smaller canoe to move around the swamp in search of the shoebill
2 pax and above 70 PP$ –this will include traditional motorised canoe boat, bird guide and a smaller canoe to move around the swamp in search of the shoebill