From high school teaching to Tourism field

I realised that “life is a matter of choice and every choice you make in life, makes you”. As a fine art teacher, nature was always the best source of inspiration for different forms of art like landscape for painting.

Birds, animals and plants for mosaics and printing . In the same case most materials and tools used in making articles are got from nature. All this kept my love for nature growing every time. Until I went my long time friend who was already a senior birder,Crammy Wanyama the director Avian safaris. Crammy with his policy of “Acandle looses nothing lighting another”, Transformed my life, through proving me with all the required guidance, tools and trainings for over two years. I always define Crammy as atrue mentor and a best friend ever. although I continued teaching, all free space including weekends were utilized for birding excursions, visiting different game parks for mammals and other wild life with my associate Akankwasa Frank, upto when i took my first trip with Nature trails east africa (http://www.eastafricantrails.com ), Although teaching has facilitated my dream of becoming a national general tour guide/ driver guide. It’s now high time to put the chalk aside and a Vail my self for more trips since it’s hard to make progress without making decision. For birding, wild life, primate tracking and city tour, you can get me through Avian safaris ( https://aviansafaris.com )or on my email; nzetonny2015@yahoo.com.

After finding out that Uganda is a birding paradise, this took losts my attention and defined my area of research.. I realised that Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers, not only because of the unusually high number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitats that are difficult to reach elsewhere. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity 1078 species with a recent sighting of Dickinson’s Kestrel making the list of 1079 species recorded. indicative of uganda’s transitional location is the fact that only one bird is endemic to the country, the somewhat Fox’s Weaver. Although if you are to consider only East Africa then 150 birds species are found only in Uganda. This list includes seven out of 21 Hornbill species recorded in the region, five out of 14 Honeyguides, 8 Sunbirds, 7 out of 21 Woodpeckers, 11 out of 36 Bulbuls and Greenbuls, 5 out of 20 Bush shrikes, 13 thrush family, 11 Warbers 10 flycatchers 8 weavers, 13 finches, 4 Tinkerbirds, 4 pigeons r Doves and 3 Kingfishers, 3 sparrowhaks, 3 Cuckoos and 3 Nightjars. The rainforests of western Uganda must be seen as the country’s most birding habitat residing the albertain endemic species, one that is of greatest to bird watchers, However if you want to see a wide range of Uganda birds, you can be taken around Entebbe( water and forest birds), Lake Mburo( water and acacia-associated birds), Queen Elizabeth (a wide variety of habitats; over 600 species recorded), Murchison Falls (a wide variety of habitats) Mabamba bay (the best place in East Africa to see the papyrus-associated Shoebill) and kidepo (nothern semi-desert specials; over 50 raptors recorded).
Uganda’s appeal as birding destination has been enhanced in recent years by improving avian knowledge and General guiding practices, on that part I appreciate the tireless efforts of Mr Byaruhanga Herbet for his trainings and fruitful excursions that he always organize through Uganda Safari Guides Association (USAGA), he has produced most of the best Uganda’s bird guides and am so proud being part of them.

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