My name is Sidney Shema. I am a Kenya-based wildlife biologist with a passion for birding and the exploration of wild places.
ShotsbyShema is my photographic platform for sharing my passion for birds, birding, and wildlife-based travel; particularly in Africa. I hope that this blog inspires people to learn about and conserve the wildlife around them. I also share information and resources that people interested in the birds and wildlife of Africa, and in traveling to Africa to experience its wild places, may find useful.
I use my own photos as much as possible but also supplement some blog posts with photos from others (all credited) where necessary.
I have been coordinating the Kenya Bird Map project since November 2017 and have been birding since 2014. Over this period I have developed a great passion for birds and learned a lot about the birds of Kenya. I have been passionate about wildlife in general since I was very young, with a particularly strong interest in predators. Naturally, the group of birds that interests me most is the birds of prey (raptors) since they are the top avian predators.
I am currently a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow studying the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius. I am also very keen on the raptors of the Athi Plains in southern Kenya, which I have studied since 2016.
I also take part in several other ornithological projects ranging from general bird surveys to waterbird counts, vantage point counts of raptors, and ringing of both resident and migratory birds.
My articles and photos have appeared in the Giving Nature A Voice documentary series, the National Geographic blog, Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology, the Saturday Nation, Komba (the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya magazine), Kenya Birding (Nature Kenya magazine), The Explorer and Mazingira Yetu Magazine among others.
I am on the Bird Committee of Nature Kenya (the East Africa Natural History Society) and on the African Bird Names Committee. I am also an active bird ringer as part of the Ringing Scheme of East Africa. I have served on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) and remain passionate about the conservation of Nairobi National Park and the wider Athi-Kaputiei Ecosystem.
I hold a Bronze badge from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and have guided several birding tours on a freelance basis.
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