My name is Sidney Shema. I am a Kenya-based ornithologist specialising in the birds of Africa. I created ShotsByShema to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and conservation of birds and biodiversity through a combination of photographic blogging and the sale of unique artistic merchandise and useful resources for people who are interested in Africa's birds, biodiversity and wild places.
Hopefully some of my work will also inspire others to learn about and conserve the wildlife around them.
On this site, you will find some of my photos for sale as canvas prints. I also partner with artisans globally to create artistic merchandise for birders and wildlife enthusiasts, with the main focus of the designs being African wildlife. These include t-shirts, insulated stainless steel bottles, bio-degradable phone cases and more. All items are produced, packaged and delivered in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.
Additionally, I also share other useful resources such as informative books on Africa's birds, other wildlife and birding/wildlife-viewing destinations.
To give you an idea of my brackground ... I currently manage the Kenya Bird Map project, I'm a bird ringer with the Ringing Scheme of East Africa, I'm on the Bird Committee of Nature Kenya (The East Africa Natural History Society) and I'm a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow.
I've been an avid birder since 2014 and been passionate about wildlife and photography from a very early age.
My articles and photos have appeared in several popular publications and media including the Giving Nature A Voice documentary series, the National Geographic blog, the Saturday Nation, Komba (the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya magazine), Kenya Birding (Nature Kenya magazine), The Explorer and Mazingira Yetu Magazine among others.
I have also written and contributed to a number of peer-reviewed publications on Africa's birds.
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 also 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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