Through My Lens – Birding among Elephants in Laikipia

I recently spent a couple of days in the Mutara Conservation Area, bordering Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the north. With great views of both the Aberdares and Mount Kenya, and good numbers of large mammals like elephant, buffalo and lion, Mutara offers a great all-round safari experience. And the birding…

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Through My Lens – Nairobi National Park Game Count (Oct 2019)

I spent this past Sunday (October 6th) in Nairobi National Park doing the bi-monthly game count (wildlife census) coordinated by FoNNaP and the Kenya Wildlife Service. As is always the case with NNP, the day was spectacular! Here are some highlights, through my lens … We left the park having…

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Through My Lens – An Easy Day in Nairobi National Park

After a morning of doing some experimental removal of the invasive Parthenium hysterophorus plant in Nairobi National Park with FoNNaP yesterday (07 Sept 2019), I spent the rest of the day leisurely exploring the park with a few friends. Although the day was mostly overcast, it was still a good…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 14 – The Eagles)

I like all birds but my favorite are, without a doubt, the birds of prey (raptors). And among raptors, there are none I enjoy watching more than the eagles. Eagles are the absolute kings (or should I say queens, since the females are bigger!) of the sky. They are powerful…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 13 – The Vultures)

Scavengers are perhaps the most underappreciated and misunderstood animals on the planet. And there is no group of animals on land quite as specialized at scavenging as the vultures. They are the best at it. Most animals referred to as scavengers, such as hyenas, are actually not dependent on scavenging.…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 12 – Unconventional Parents)

When you think of birds raising their young, you probably think of something like this: parents build a nest, they lay their eggs, the eggs hatch, chicks are fed until they grow up and they finally leave their parents to make their own way in the world. That’s true for…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 11 – The Forest Dwellers)

The reason for Kenya’s exceptionally rich diversity of birds, and wildlife in general, is the extreme variety of landscapes that the country has. From sandy beaches to snow-capped mountains, fresh water lakes to alkaline (salty) lakes, scorching deserts to freezing moorlands, rugged cliffs to flat plains, and everything in-between. Kenya…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 10 – Birds that Catch Your Eye on Safari)

Out on safari in Kenya, most people are looking for the big famous animals like lions, elephants and rhinos and pay little attention to smaller wildlife like birds. There are certain birds, however, that catch people’s attention even if they’re not bird enthusiasts. Their unusual, beautiful or unique appearance makes…

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NDEGE WETU: A Tribute to the Birds of Kenya (Part 9 – The Waterbirds)

Waterbirds, those birds that live near water and depend on it for food and breeding sites, are in my opinion the easiest group of birds to observe. If you are still very new to bird watching and want to quickly improve your identification skills, you should probably spend a lot…

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