KENYA   -   AUG-SEP 2012   -   BIRDS PART 1

Ostrich, ducks, guineafowl, francolins, storks, cormorants, pelicans, herons, ibises, and birds of prey

This is the first of several galleries from a three week trip to Kenya I did with Sam Woods and Iain Campbell. I'm putting them up in taxonomical order, and it may take a few months to finish them all.


Ostrich - Struthio camelus
Ostrich
Struthio camelus massaicus
Nairobi National Park, Nairobi province, Kenya.
Nairobi is not a very nice city, but remarkably it has an amazing national park right next to it, hosting most of Africa's famous megafauna as well as a huge number of birds. It is not unusual to see 100+ bird species in a day there. (S7)


Ostrich - Struthio camelus
Ostrich
Struthio camelus massaicus
Nairobi National Park, Nairobi province, Kenya.
A pair of Pied Crows Corvus albus came in to mob this Ostrich several times. I have no idea why. I can't imagine an Ostrich would be a threat to a pair of crows, so maybe they were just having some fun! (S7)


Yellow-billed Duck - Anas undulata
Yellow-billed Duck
Anas undulata undulata
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Cape Teal - Anas capensis
Cape Teal
Anas capensis
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Vulturine Guineafowl - Acryllium vulturinum
Vulturine Guineafowl
Acryllium vulturinum
Sagala Lodge, Coast province, Kenya.
I think this is one of the coolest and most bizarre birds in all of Africa. The plumage is truly amazing, but that head... They were around a garbage pit near the lodge in the evening. Sagala Lodge was a very pleasant place to stay. Unpretentious but comfortable, with great birds and a few interesting mammals around the lodge. I'd stay there again. (S7)


Coqui Francolin - Peliperdix coqui
Coqui Francolin
Peliperdix coqui hubbardi
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
Male. (S7)


Crested Francolin - Francolinus sephaena
Crested Francolin
Francolinus sephaena grantii
Tsavo East National Park, Coast province, Kenya.
(S7)


Scaly Francolin - Pternistis squamatus
Scaly Francolin
Pternistis squamatus
Aberdares National Park, Central province, Kenya.
(S7)


Yellow-necked Francolin - Pternistis leucoscepus
Yellow-necked Francolin
Pternistis leucoscepus
Tsavo East National Park, Coast province, Kenya.
Also called Yellow-necked Spurfowl. This is probably a female, evidenced by the lack of spurs. (S7)


Red-necked Francolin - Pternistis afer
Red-necked Francolin
Pternistis afer cranchii
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
Also called Red-necked Spurfowl. The male is the one on the left with the spurs on the tarsi. (S6)


Jackson's Francolin - Pternistis jacksoni
Jackson's Francolin
Pternistis jacksoni
Aberdares National Park, Central province, Kenya.
This species is nearly endemic to Kenya, where it only occurs at high elevations above 2500 m. It barely reaches Uganda in the Mt. Elgon region. (S7)


Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Marabou Stork
Leptoptilos crumeniferus
Robert's Camp, Lake Baringo, Rift province, Kenya.
Maybe the ugliest bird in the world? This one was nearly tame, often feeding on scraps near the restaurant. (S7)


Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Stork
Mycteria ibis
Lake Naivasha, Rift province, Kenya.
(S7)


Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo
Great Cormorant
Phalacrocorax carbo
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Long-tailed Cormorant - Microcarbo africanus
Long-tailed Cormorant
Microcarbo africanus
Lake Naivasha, Rift province, Kenya.
This is either an immature or non-breeding bird. (S7)


Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelican
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Pink-backed Pelican - Pelecanus rufescens
Pink-backed Pelican
Pelecanus rufescens
Lake Naivasha, Rift province, Kenya.
Immatures. (S7)


Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala
Black-headed Heron
Ardea melanocephala
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


Squacco Heron - Ardeola ralloides
Squacco Heron
Ardeola ralloides
Lake Naivasha, Rift province, Kenya.
Non-breeding plumage. (S7)


Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash
Hadada Ibis
Bostrychia hagedash (ssp?)
Castle Forest Lodge, Mt. Kenya, Central province, Kenya.
(S7)


African Fish-Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish-Eagle
Haliaeetus vocifer
Lake Naivasha, Rift province, Kenya.
(S7)


White-backed Vulture - Gyps africanus
White-backed Vulture
Gyps africanus
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
(S7)


Rueppell's Griffon - Gyps rueppelli
Rueppell's Griffon
Gyps rueppelli rueppelli
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
Juveniles. (S7)


Rueppell's Griffon - Gyps rueppelli
Rueppell's Griffon
Gyps rueppelli rueppelli
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
Adult. (S7)


Lappet-faced Vulture - Torgos tracheliotos
Lappet-faced Vulture
Torgos tracheliotos tracheliotos
Masai Mara National Reserve, Rift province, Kenya.
This giant dominates the other vultures at kills. The smaller ones to the right are juveniles of Rueppell's Griffon. (S7)


Lappet-faced Vulture - Torgos tracheliotos
Lappet-faced Vulture
Torgos tracheliotos tracheliotos
Nairobi National Park, Nairobi province, Kenya.
(S7)


Fasciated Snake-Eagle - Circaetus fasciolatus
Fasciated Snake-Eagle
Circaetus fasciolatus
Arabuko-Sokoke Forest Reserve, Coast province, Kenya.
Also known as Southern Banded Snake-Eagle. (S7)


Dark Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax metabates
Dark Chanting-Goshawk
Melierax metabates metabates
Lake Baringo, Rift province, Kenya.
(S7)


Eastern Chanting-Goshawk - Melierax poliopterus
Eastern Chanting-Goshawk
Melierax poliopterus
Tsavo East National Park, Coast province, Kenya.
(S7)


Tawny Eagle - Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle
Aquila rapax rapax
Tsavo East National Park, Coast province, Kenya.
(S7)


Martial Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus
Martial Eagle
Polemaetus bellicosus
Tsavo East National Park, Coast province, Kenya.
(S7)


Long-crested Eagle - Lophaetus occipitalis
Long-crested Eagle
Lophaetus occipitalis
Lake Nakuru National Park, Rift Valley province, Kenya.
(S7)


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