Shoebill Stork in Uganda
The prehistoric looking shoebill stork is a grand tick for a birder on safari in Uganda and an exciting sight for anyone else as well. The impressive bird can be seen in wetlands at a few locations in Uganda. To journey in a small boat in a swamp in search for the shoebill stork is a special experience.
ABOUT THE SHOEBILL STORK
The prehistoric-looking shoebill stork is an excellent tick for a birder on safari in Uganda and an exciting sight for anyone else. This impressive bird can be seen in wetlands journey in a small boat in a swamp in search of the shoebill stork is a memorable time.
the bird, SHOEBILL STORK
The Shoebill Stork is a giant stork with a Saddle-billed Stork and Marabou Stork. The Shoebill Stork looks prehistoric. The bird’s future is its massive bill with a clog shape and sharp hook at the tip. The length of this bird is impressive, and it is 115 cm long.
The Shoebill likes the permanent, calm and safe habitat swamps. This bird prefers places where it can easily wander around to watch the fish. It can stand for long times in shallow water for its prey.
spots to SEE THE SHOEBILL STORK
Uganda is the top location to experience the shoebill stork since many other locations where it is found are not easy to reach or safe to travel here. The top locations in Uganda to search for the Shoebill Stork are:
- Mabamba Swamp close to Entebbe – Here, you commonly go out in a boat with a guide searching the channels in the swamp for the Shoebill Stork and other exciting sights.
- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Here, you can be lucky to spot the shoebill stork from land or go out on a search in a boat.
- The delta of Murchison Falls National Park – Here, there are some ideas to go outside in a boat to explore the Shoebill or look for it from the banks.
Since Uganda in some parts is covered in marshes, it is also possible to, by chance, come across a Shoebill Stork in other locations; it even happens that they can be spotted from the highway as you are driving along.
Shoebill Stork in Uganda
The Experience of a Shoebill Stork Search
In our birding safaris (and other safaris where there is an interest), the most common location to include for a Shoebill Stork search is Mabamba Swamp. This wetland is a short journey from Entebbe by boat or car, so it can easily be added as an extra to any safari itinerary where you are flying in or out from Entebbe. When reaching Mabamba Swamp, you are met by a specialized guide who takes you out in the swamp in a small wooden boat. You tour the swamp channels in search of the peculiar-looking bird and hopefully get a good sighting. At the swamp, a birder has the chance to tick off other species like Whistling Ducks, Marsh Harriers, Lesser Jacana, and Pygmy-goose African.
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