Through My Lens #3 – Some Birds from Olooseos

Here’s a look through my lens at a few of the sightings from this past Saturday (25th August), when I was birding just south of the Ngong Hills at PEC Nature Camp (Olooseos Camp) and its surroundings, with some friends from Youth Africa Birding – Kenya. The light conditions were quite poor for photography as grey clouds dominated most of the day, but I still managed a few photos of the day’s birds:

Dusky Turtle Dove – the commonest dove of the day


Brown Parisoma. Generally a tough bird to photograph (as are most warblers), but the rather shitty light conditions made it even tougher on this occasion


The sign that greets you as you enter the camp


We had an excellent sighting of this female Augur Buzzard mating with its partner. Unfortunately I failed to to capture the moment (to everyone’s disappointment!)


A hungry juvenile Common Drongo was calling loudly for its parents. Both parents must have been hard at work searching for food as they were nowhere to be seen.


White-browed Scrub Robin. The common melodious robin at the camp


An unusually short dome-shaped Acacia kirkii tree forms a perfect spot for a picnic lunch


Dusky Turtle Dove (above) and Ring-necked Dove (below)


Bronze Sunbird (breeding male)


A pair of Laughing Doves …


… was walking along a dry riverbed …


… snapping up edibles …


… but also keeping a wary eye on us


We came across a natural bee hive that had been recently harvested


A closer look. The worker bees were working hard to replenish the stock


White-bellied Canary


Preening and keeping its feathers in good shape


Abyssinian Scimitarbills having a chat with a female Kenya Rufous Sparrow


The Abyssinian Scimitarbills (adult on the left and juvenile on the right) were seemingly feeding on Crematogastar ants that inhabit the Acacia drepanolobium galls


Riparian woodland along a seasonal stream


Augur Buzzard – probably the area’s commonest raptor. The only other raptor of the day was a Gabar Goshawk.


One of the last addition’s to our day’s bird list was this Long-billed Pipit. A fairly common resident of rocky escarpments along the Rift Valley. Other pipits seen were Grassland Pipit and Yellow-throated Longclaw.

We ended the day in the mid-afternoon with 70 bird species recorded, though surprisingly we had no Superb Starlings! All birds were recorded using BirdLasser and submitted to the Kenya Bird Map project.

Feel free to contact me for info on birding at Olooseos.

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About Sidney Shema

Sidney is a Kenya-based ornithologist and photographer specializing in the birds of Africa, with an especially keen interest in the birds of prey (raptors) of Kenya.
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2 years ago

Kiserian is always birdful.