Birding tour to Debrelibanos & Jemma Valley
Duration: 2 Days
Destination: Debrelibanos, Jemma Valley
Day 1: An early start, climb to the Sululta plain, an important short grassland plot of seasonal wetland habitat for interesting birds including Blue-winged Goose, Wattleed Ibis, Spot-breasted Lapwing, Abyssinian Longclaw, Ethiopian Black-headed Siskin, Botta's Wheatear, Ethiopian Cisticola, Three-banded Plover, Glossy Ibis, White-collared Pigeon, Augur Buzzard, Yellow-billed Duck, African Sacred Ibis, Red-throated pipit and Thekla Lark.
The Debrelibanos Monastery is adjacent to mature woodland and forest, holding Banded Barbet, White-cheeked Turaco, African Lemon Dove, Black-billed Barbet, Abyssinian White-eye, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Little Bee-eater, Little Rock Thrush, White-rumped Babbler, Black-headed Batis, Somali Starling, Beautiful Sunbird and Ethiopian Oriole. Nearby Gorge attracts Ruppell's Black Chat, White-winged Cliff-chat, Mocking Cliff-chat, White-billed Starling, Rock Martin, Lammergeyer, Vareaux's Eagle, White-backed Vulture, Fan-tailed Raven and in scrubby areas, Erckel's Francolin and Tacazze Sunbird.
Day 2. Dawn starts to Jemma Valley to locate the rare Harwood's Francolin and Abyssinian Black Wheatear. The cliffs and boulder-strewn slopes of the Jemma Valley may have flocks of White-billed Starlings, the extremely rare Salvadori's Serin, Singing Cisticola, Eurasian Kestrel, Isabelline Shrike, Slender-billed Starling and Steppe Eagle.
In the afternoon, join the road to Debrebirhan town while enjoying another sector of plain grassland birds including Erlanger's Lark, Pectoral-patch Cisticola, Black-winged Lapwing, Ortolan buntings and birds of prey such as Tawny Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Pallid Harrier Thick-billed Raven and Dwarf Raven. The main objective to Debrebirhan area is to spot the newly discovered Ankober Serin at Ankober, are feeding in highland fields.