ABOUT ShotsByShema

My name is Sidney Shema. I am a Kenya-based wildlife biologist specialising in the birds of Africa.

I use this blog to share my sightings/experiences, as well as to showcase the incredible birds and and other wildlife that Africa has to offer, and to highlight destinations that you can visit to see and enjoy them. I also share some information, tips and resources that people interested in birding and wildlife travel (especially in Africa) may find useful. The blog is mainly focused on Kenya.

I also aim to highlight the importance of conserving wildlife/biodiversity overall and to inspire people to explore the natural world more.

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 in birds and learned a lot about the birds of Kenya. I have been passionate about wildlife and nature in general since I was a very young boy.

In addition to birding and bird mapping/atlassing, I continue to learn about birds and wildlife through research. My main research interest is in raptors (birds of prey) and I am a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow for my current research on 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 photos and articles have appeared in the Giving Nature A Voice documentary series, the National Geographic blog, Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology, the Saturday Nation newspaper, Komba (the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya magazine) and Kenya Birding (Nature Kenya magazine) 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 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 ecosystem it’s 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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