Birding Lutembe Bay
Looking for Birding Lutembe Bay in Uganda? Just like Mabamba Swamp, Lutembe Bay is another ramsar site in Uganda and is also an Important Bird Area. Its located on Kampala Entebbe road about 4Km from Entebbe. Lutembe also receives a sizable number of tourist but its not as popular as Mabamba Swamp. It’s a good site that will help you check off a few birds off the list.
The Lutembe Bay is located on the shores of lake Victoria and is home to many water birds and wetland related birds. The site is not just a swamp and extends abit into the woodland and grass thickets which contributes a variety of birds and big volumes. This Bay is home to about 200 bird species. It is also housing about 8 of the 12 Lake Victoria biome Endemics. The best time to visit this bay is September to March. During this time, a sizable number of bird species have been recorded. It is during this time that the Paleartic visiting birds are also sighted.
Birding trail to Lutembe bay:
Most birding around Lutembe are usually the New Lutembe beach. As soon as you branch off the main road, you should start looking out for the special birds n the area. The area is still under populated and therefore still good to house birds.
Like most birding areas, you need to do birding in this area early in the morning before any activity that may disrupt the bird. This being a grassland area, you will have a chance to see a lot of insect eating birds
You can also take a boat ride long the beach to widen you scope and you will have a chance to see more birds along the beach more so in the virgin areas that are not inhabited by people. Doing birding around Lutembe bay would give you a count of about 100 species.
Here are some of bird species recorded at Lutembe bay in recent times;
African Wattled Lapwing
Great Blue Turaco
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Common Squacco Heron
Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher
African Pygmy Kingfisher
African Golden-breasted Banting
White-faced Whistling Duck
Northern Black Flycatcher
Common Ringed Plover
African Green Pigeon
Yellow Fronted Canary