Birds of Kenya: Photo Gallery – Page 2

Some will say Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best for birding, but much of that praise is from the abundance of flamingos. Life-list birders should have better luck elsewhere (though this should still be on the itinerary for an afternoon on the way to Maasai Mara, for example.) The alkaline waters teem with flamingos as well as storks and other waders. But you can also see the rare black rhino and white rhino, as well as lions, ostrich, hippoes, zebras, and baboons.

Try as we might, this was as close as we could get to a lilac-breasted roller in Samburu. Lovely in the sun.

This is a sacred ibis, hanging out with some bigger critters at Amboseli. Elephants are so abundant there, they do actually border on mundane after a few days. You know who’s been in the park too long when a person points right at an elephant and only sees “IBIS!”

I captured this stork in flight.

The yellow-billed stork lands in a tree just down river from us.

Abundant along the roads, the crowned lapwing makes a handsome photo. Amboseli and Maasai Mara had plenty.

Also a bit too common, the cattle egret isn’t exactly a challenge for birders to find. But they are fun to photograph when they fluff up a bit.

This black-bellied bustard came out of the bush for me after Steve identified it by its call. With his Kenyan accent he told me the name. I half-chuckled and asked him to repeat and he did. Um, OK. I don’t ask a third time out of some bizarre sense of embarrassment, but at that point I was still pretty certain he had said “bastard.” Not a well liked bird in Kenya? Consulting the bird guide I found the error of my ear.

A kori bustard (not bastard as I had originally heard) in Samburu National Park.

White-headed Buffalo Weaver in Samburu.

There are several species of storks in Kenya. These two are woolly-necked storks which we saw in Amboseli.

Another sighting in Samburu, and though abundant and common, these are birds that I’m certainly not going to see back in Wisconsin.

We drove from tree to tree just to get a look at this bare-faced go-away bird. (Thus named for its call which sounds like a command to leave it alone.) This is the best angle we ever got. Clearly it really wanted us to go away. Don’t miss the classic go-away bird clip on YouTube. 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Birds of Kenya: Photo Gallery – Page 2

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    • January 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm
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      Thanks! I think I annoyed others in the van with my insistence to stop for some of these. Everyone wants lions and elephants! So did I and we got plenty of shots of them, but wow, the birds were crazy awesome!

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      • March 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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        Great photos, Kevin! I recently moved from the U.S. to Kenya (5 months ago) to start up a safari company. I have some great bird guides here in Kenya working with us at TemboKanga Tours and Education Ventures. Should you ever like to return to Kenya for some great birding, let us know! I just visited Lake Baringo and spotted my 332nd species so far (and I have not done a whole lot of intense birding since I’ve been in Kenya)…By the way, Lake Baringo is terrific for birding–one group of birders documented 300 species in a 24 hour period during a whirlwind tour! By comparison, in 9 hours of birding, I saw “just” 108…We know of many other excellent birding areas in Kenya that are a bit off the usual safari routes, so please let us know if you’d like us to show you around some day!

        Best Wishes and Happy Birding, Kevin!

        Bruce

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        • March 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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          Hey Bruce, a fellow -ski! I would love to get back there and wish you had been there in May when I was looking for sponsors for my darn articles! Ah, well… The birding is extraordinary. Lake Baringo looks awesome. Next time!

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  • August 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm
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    wow i love these birds am Kenyan but neva ad an opp to go n see these birds .

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