Bird Watching In Ethiopia I


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The landscape of Ethiopia is surprisingly diverse as being one of the countries from the horn of Africa.

The land of Ethiopia hosts from lush grass land, savanna, forest to desert. This diversity brings out abundance in bird life and made Ethiopia one of the 10 places for birding from Africa.

Ethiopia supports 850 spices and 37 endemic and near endemic birds which puts Ethiopia in the second place succeeding South Africa.

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The roof top of Africa –Ethiopia – is home to the highest mountain range in the continent. This magnificent creation of nature is not only feast for the eye, but also a convenient arena for the skillful, gracious and bearded vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus), also known as The Lammergeier.

A soul enticing spectacle Ethiopia hosts by The Lammergeier  – hovering above spectacular mountain range, patiently waiting for the scavengers clean out the bone, picking the bone swiftly, flying so high, looking for the sharpest rock, drop the bone, crush into pieces, softly landing and picking out the bone marrow.

Sundering the mountains is the great rift valley cuts through Ethiopia starting from Turkey is dotted with beautiful lakes like lake Hawassa, Zway, Shala and Langano to name the few.

Lakes which most supports different kinds of birds and indeed beautiful spots to witness outstanding spectacle of water birds in Ethiopia and the harmonies co-existence between animals and human.

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The capital city of Africa – Addis Ababa – still hosts quite a bit of birds in spite of the fact slowly turning into concrete jungle. Mingling with ordinary pigeons, The White – collared Pigeon – one of the beautiful endemic birds, which can only be spotted in Ethiopia and Eriteria. Either for an enthusiast birders or nature lovers, this particular bird most probably raise the curtain for the most fascinating bird life show in Ethiopia, on your first arrival in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is a unique place where you can go back in time – where donkeys are beloved means of transportation, camels are desert ships, salt is being mined traditionally, fields are plowed by oxen, cattle are part of a family, and homes being constructed by plants collected from nearby so does bird’s nest – soul enlightening scene.

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Ethiopia is a warm vacation place for Palearctic migrants coming from all parts of the world – Asia north of Himalayas, Europe, Northern Arabia, and Africa north of Sahara: Old world Holarctic. While boreal winter pervades other parts of the world, the sun keeps shining in Ethiopia to make it the best time of year for birders and nature enthusiast alike.

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Ethiopia is the land of beauty. It is not only the landscape, the diversity, culture, history and the people that screams out beauty, it’s also proud owner of extremely beautiful, the world’s most sought after bird – The Spectacular Prince Ruspoli’s Turaco.

When it comes to birding, Ethiopia is considered one of the most convenient places in the world to easily see many species of birds. The beautiful Arabian Bustard (Jacques Erard), Von der Decken’s Hornbill – one of many northeast African endemics, The Lammergeier and so many more.

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For further information about Bird watching in Ethiopia and horn of Africa, I suggest the following three books.

Birding Ethiopia: I must say this particular book is more than a birding guide book for people who are planning to visit Ethiopia, it is also beautifully and thoughtfully designed to people who just want to be transported into another place from the comfort of their home.

 

Where to Watch Birds in Ethiopia: Another detailed guide book to the best birding sites in Ethiopia. One of the authors being an Ethiopian – Merid Gabremichael – is a definite plus as it gives an interesting feeling of being guided by a local.

 

Birds of the Horn of Africa: This book is for birders and ornithologists alike and covers not only Ethiopia but the horn of Africa.

 

 

As the first installment, this particular post is only a welcoming entry into The Bird Paradise – Ethiopia – which leads to a closer look at the Endemics and near endemics which I am blessed to witness, coming up on the next installment of Bird Watching in Ethiopia II.

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For the love of Birds!

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AFRICA: Search Explore Engage


As an African, It is always an honor to be part of a mission in promoting Africa to the world.

An exciting opportunity appeared and I grabbed it fervently, as it is an act of honoring my passion – unveiling the eloquent sides of Ethiopia and the exotic beauty of Africa to the world

The global S.E.E Africa Magazine is published by Afro Tourism based in Nigeria. The second edition features The Pearl of Africa – Uganda.

Ethiopia is also beautifully represented on page 102 by my article which entitled ETHIOPIA: Historical And Spiritual Tradition For The Soul.

“Supreme spiritual delight is a guarantee for all travelers around the world while visiting the cradle of humanity – Ethiopia. The sacredness of visiting Ethiopia lies on coming back Home – visiting the grandmother of all humanity – and being able to reconnect with source in the holiest place of Africa.”  

Grab your free digital copy and discover Africa!

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Happy Reading!

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Ethiopian Coffee: Little piece of Home


As an Ethiopian, to experience a little piece of home, making Ethiopian traditional coffee and roasted sweet corn for finding more comfort from home while living abroad is the best way to go.

While having coffee in Luxembourg, I couldn’t help to contemplate a profound saying which resonates with my soul like it has never been before. The author of The Man Within My Head, Pico Iyer says, “…home lies in the things you carry with you everywhere and not the ones that tie you down.”

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Being Ethiopian is finding home in Coffee!

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A Historic Italian Car in Ethiopia


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I love witnessing details – which make a county and its people – being caressed beautifully. There is definitely a fascinating history behind this particular car, which now placed inside Haile Resort lobby in Hawassa, Ethiopia.

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The story goes like this, as exactly as the car telling its history in Amharic and English languages,  beautifully placed next to it, for visitors to read.

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“It gives me great pleasure when I say Hello and Welcome to Haile Resort, Hawassa. I would like to share a short history of my long life! I was made in 1927, which means I am now around 87 years old. I came to Ethiopia from Italy with Italian soldiers seven years after I was made. I was serving the Italian soldiers. By the time Italian soldiers left Ethiopia, I was given to one of the Italian Banda of the time. Banda’s are Ethiopians loyal to Italians. The Banda I was serving from around Jimma area. I don’t remember his name now.

When Emperor Haile Selassie returned back from exile and restored order the Banda couldn’t use me, because if he does he will be identified as traitor. Therefore, I had to stay hidden in the backyard for about 33 years. After such a long time of ignorance, I was back at work again. That was during the great Ethiopian revolution of 1974. Soon afterwards I faced another obstacle; all my necessary documents were lost. Then it was illegal to use me, back to the backyard again.

At that moment, I had no hope of getting up again until someone special came across and brought back life to me. His name is Haile Gebresilassie, for me he is a saint sent from heaven to save my life. I was taken out of the cage. Most of my parts were much damaged and I had to repair them. For example my wheel and tires, my battery and doors were almost like they were not there. The man again invested a lot of money in me to change my look. Then he brought me here and I am now standing in front of you with pride enjoying the beautiful scene of Hawassa Lake from Haile Resort, the best place to be.  

Here I don’t miss every sunset. I am very thankful for the life I am living although deep inside I still wish I could run and jump like my younger days. But that seems just a mere wish. I feel better and important when people visit me, thank you for that. My history may be much longer than this, but because of my age these is what I can memorize at this moment. Thank you once again. Please, help me to live longer, don’t touch me.”    

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Giving Homage to Details!  

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Ethiopia: Addis Ababa’s Street Art


Presenting a photo essay of Addis Ababa’s street art, which can be relished in while strolling through the city.

 Most of the arts reveals eloquent details of Ethiopia, like Amharic scripts and Ethiopian patterns in witty style which I really like. I also include, part of a building covered in graffiti around the old town of the city – Piazza.

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And here is to Ethiopian Artists … Thank you for providing us BEAUTY by honoring your passion.

Keep On Shining!

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Wandering Through Brugge


Sharing my very first video – moments I captured while wandering through beautiful Brugge. Enjoy!

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Luxembourg Legend Of Melusina The Mermaid


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While honoring my Ethiopian Wanderlust here in Luxembourg, wandering beneath The Montée de Clausen along the stream of river Alzette, one could not help noticing beautiful but sad looking purple mermaid.

My sense of wonder took over and fortunately being able to be rewarded with spellbinding, sad but thought provoking story which was beautifully framed and encrypted in four languages – Luxembourgish, French, English and Germany – put on display, on the wall across the purple mermaid.  The story goes like this as exactly as I read it.

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    The Legend of Melusina

One day, Count Siegfried was walking on the banks of the Alzette when he met a princess more beautiful than the day. This gorgeous creature was the nymph of the Alzette, named Melusina, and charmed the valley. Siegfried fell headlong in love with her and in no time had offered his heart and crown to the young woman, who accepted.

Melusina, however, made one condition, which Siegfried had to promise to observe or lose her forever. On Saturdays, the count was to leave Melusina alone in her room and neither see her nor attempt to find out what she was doing. Siegfried agreed and the couple married. 

For years, they lived happily and had many children. One Saturday, however Siegfried walked past Melusina’s room and, hearing a noise, looked through the keyhole. Imagine his horror when he saw her splashing about in a large pool, her body ending in a fish tail.

Now that her true nature had been revealed, Melusina uttered a piercing cry and was swallowed up by the earth. Since then, the nymph of the Alzette has been sealed in a rock known as the Bock and only reappears once every seven years.

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Who could have tell a legend belongs to a country than its own country? I loved the fact I stand still to learn about this Luxembourg legend about Melusina the mermaid. I felt like I spent a moment with a story teller and could not help to turn around and take good look at the purple mermaid as then I felt I know her better through the Legend.

And then an intriguing quote that I read once reappeared itself in my mind, for me to contemplate even more.

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein.

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Let us all keep our sense of wonder… wanderlust rewards with Serendipity!

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