Hidden under the vegetation found in most wetlands is an incredibly diverse world of aquatic organisms. On most of the mornings I’ve been here at Lake Nabugabo, in Uganda, I’ve made my way to the wetlands surrounding the lake searching for fish, as I’m currently interested in the effects of habitat-use on mercury contamination in aquatic organisms. Accompanied by another member of my lab conducting research on fish coloration, Logan Smith, we regularly set nets and minnow traps in the dense water lilies of the wetlands.
Although our main interest was the underwater world of this habitat, Logan also took a keen interest in the birds we would see along the way. I asked Logan if I could share with you his top ten bird photographs taken over the course of our field season here. …And these are the incredible pictures Logan Smith passed along to me: