Lake Diluti

Velvet Monkey

Vervet Monkey

East of Arusha there is a crater lake called Lake Diluti. It is close to the road to Moshi. A daladala (mini bus) from Arusha only costs 500 Tsh. At Diluti old forest patches on the crater slopes, but even though the forest is more than 5 km long it is never more than a few hundred meters wide – it really is just a remnant of what used to be.

Black-throated Wattle-eye

Black-throated Wattle-eye

In spite of this a few forest species still occur around the lake – and it is wort visiting for people who like to get a few good species in the book.

Taveta Golden Weaver

Taveta Golden Weaver

 

Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard

The first birds seen were Taveta Golden Weavers and Grosbeak Weavers that breed around the lake. A single Squacco Heron and a Little Bittern were also present in a small papyrus patch.

White-eared Barbet

White-eared Barbet

 

Long-tailed Cormorant

Long-tailed Cormorant

There is a 5 km trail around the lake. It costs 20.000 Tsh to walk the path with a guide – the guide is not optional. Along the path I was able to find 2 dik-diks, Vervet and Blue Monkey and a Squirrel.

Hartlaub's Turaco

Hartlaub’s Turaco

 

Eastern Honeyguide

Eastern Honeyguide

There were good numbers of birds including Grey-Olive Greenbul, Straited and Black-backed Night Heron, White-breasted and Long-tailed Cormorants, Hartlaub’s Turaco, White-eared Barbet, Wattle-eye and much more.

Grey-olive Greenbul

Grey-olive Greenbul

 

Hadada Ibis

Hadada Ibis

On the way back to Arusha I stopped at a place with some rocks and located a family of Schalow’s Wheatears.

Schlalow's Wheatear

Schlalow’s Wheatear

 

Schlalow's Wheatear

Schlalow’s Wheatear

All in all a nice half day birding.

Silas

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