Living in Mbarara we have two seasons, rainy and dry. The dry seasons seem to be shorter with less rain than before. Here are 2 photos showing my little flower garden in December, 2015 and the second photo shows my garden today. It has been so dry that the River Rwizi (the town's water supply) is now just a small stream. There was a sprinkle of rain in the distance yesterday that created a beautiful rainbow but not a drop fell at our home. With the river so low, we are not getting any water at home, we are having to buy water in jerry cans for bathing and cooking and for the birds.
The Eastern Plantain-eater, also known as the Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, is a large member of the turaco family, a group of large arboreal near-passerine birds restricted to Africa.
This species is a resident breeder in open woodland habitats in tropical east Africa. It lays two or three eggs in a tree platform nest.
These are common, noisy and conspicuous birds, despite lacking the brilliant colours of relatives such as the violet turaco. They are 50 cm (20 in) long, including a long tail, and weigh 392–737 g (13.8–26.0 oz). Their plumage is mainly grey above spotted with brown. The head, erectile crest, neck and breast are brown streaked with silver. The underparts are whitish, heavily streaked with brown.
Eastern Plantain-eater has a thick bright yellow bill, and shows a white wing bar in flight. The sexes are identical, but immatures have a black woolly head without silver streaking.
This bird is similar to the closely related western plantain-eater. However, eastern plantain-eater has white tail bars, and lacks the chest bars and dark wing feather shafts of its western relative.
This species feeds on fruit, especially figs, and other vegetable matter. Wikipedia