Rwanda's Gorillas - 2017

F OUR B RILLIANT B IRDERS , O NE P ROFICIENT

P HOTOGRAPHER &M E – P ART T WO

Safaris in Zambia and Rwanda: August 22 to September 5, 2017

I NTRODUCTION Four of us were already acquainted from previous trips and knew we would enjoy being with one another again, especially since Mark was the Africa Easy Representative and our leader. But what a wonderful surprise when we met Laurence and Jim, South Africans who had been friends for years and were also well acquainted with Mark and Mayumi. We all just "clicked" almost at once. As soon as we realized that all of us had undertaken this trip with the same goals in mind, we knew this combo would be a complete success. We all wanted to see as much wildlife & birdlife as possible and we all had the patience it takes to get good sightings, experience behaviors, take good photos and name every bird we saw and heard with precision. Zambia and Rwanda were new countries for 4 of us and places visited long ago for the others, so no one could have been more eager than we were to begin our explorations! RWANDA Rwanda is a small, landlocked Central African country bordered by Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. Claiming 26,338 square miles of territory, it is slightly smaller than our state of Maryland. Rwanda has a green and mountainous landscape composed mostly of grassy uplands and verdant hills. A temperate

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