Highlights of Blue Lagoon National Park

July 1st and 2nd are both holidays in Zambia and this year they fell on Monday and Tuesday giving us a long weekend.  Though we originally thought to go away for the weekend, our plans did not work out so a day trip to Blue Lagoon was arranged with some friends of ours.  What is supposed to be a 2 1/2 hour drive always seems more like 3 1/2 hours to us.  Once you turn off the main road, the gravel road itself is in bad repair and  you need to drive pretty slowly.  Once you arrive at the park you are mainly doing more driving as you make your way out onto the causeway that extends into the large floodplain.

We have been to Blue Lagoon several times over the past four years and we always enjoy the trip.  There is a lot of bird life to see, and also a few reptiles and mammals. 


Here is a view of the causeway and part of the vast floodplain.


We were soon greeted by this Brown Snake-Eagle.


A huge flock of Red-billed Quelea was feeding on the abundant grass seeds.  One of Jonathan’s highlights was seeing two hawks swoop in and catch two of them.


A beautiful Stonechat.  We always see these here at Blue Lagoon, but I haven’t seen them in too many other places.


Of course there are loads of water birds along the causeway.

I marked off one lifer for the day.  Though I may have seen a Yellow-billed (Intermediate) Egret before, I was never able to be sure.  Thanks to Ian, my fellow-birder on this trip, who helped me to finally make the distinction. 

A long but satisfying day.  It’s always nice to get out of the city and see some natural spaces.