My name is Sidney Shema. I am a Kenya-based wildlife conservation biologist specialising in African birds.
ShotsByShema is my personal platform for sharing my sightings/experiences, showcasing the incredible birds and and other wildlife that Africa has to offer, and highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation. I also share some information, tips and resources that people interested in birding and wildlife travel in Africa may find useful. The blog is mainly focused on Kenya.
I have been managing 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.
In addition to birding and bird mapping/atlassing, I continue to learn about birds and wildlife through research. 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 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 among others.
I am on the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society and I am affiliated with the National Museums of Kenya’s Ornithology Section. I am also a member of the Ringing Scheme of East Africa. I served on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) in 2015 and 2016 and remain passionate about the conservation of Nairobi National Park and the wider Athi-Kaputiei Ecosystem it is a part of.
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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