On our last escapade out of town last month comes our #FreeFotoFriday – Little Bee-Eater image of the day. Met with this bird after a morning game drive back to Nairobi Tented Camp the only accommodation located inside the Nairobi National park
The little bee eater (Merops pusillus cyanosticus) is differentiated from the blue breasted bee-eater by NOT having a white on side of the face. many people tend to think that its the size that makes it little but am not sure of what you would call a young one of the blue breasted bee- eater or any other bee-eater out there
Little Bee-Eater as seen in Nairobi National Park
The bird was so curious of the visitors that unlike the others, it did not fly away. Instead it seemed comfortable to have us around. The look it gave me is what makes this image our #FreeFotoFriday
With the El-nino rains beginning i have a feeling that majority of the bird watchers will hide away and try to keep warm. But #Kasunie is looking to go out and showcase more birds out there. we are still waiting to see the early arrivals of the pale-arctic migrants. Any one who has spotted any yet?
On a road trip to Lake Magadi comes our #FreeFotoFriday image of the Flamingo in the dusk. The waters of Lake Magadi had subsided and this beautiful flamingo was walking on one of the edge. Quite a beautiful sighting in itself as she seemed to be modelling
This time round, majority of the flamingoes had gone to breed in Lake Natron and majority of the lake was empty of birds. I wonder what the remaining birds are left doing especially if they were fit for the flight up the country
The dry regions of the lake seemed like sand in the desert. When one is used to looking at a large water mass then one day it drys up, the change is so evident. The smell is also forthright
The reflection on the water also was amazing. The shadow created showed another flamingo blurred but walking on water. #KasuniePhotography
The African fish eagle is one of the majestic birds that you are likely to see within the rift valley lakes in Kenya. Her Huge tail extends way beyond the tail feathers while perched and on flight she has one of the longest wing spans of the eagles
The choice to feature this bird today is pure out of love for the species. In time i will actually do a photography study on it and share within this space
The fish eagle has a strong curved beak used to tear fish apart and break break those bones as well. It feeds mostly on fish but also on smaller birds along the coastline
#Kasuniephotography found this bird on a tree along the shores of crescent island in Lake Naivasha.
The Red billed Teal is a medium sized duck that is common around the water masses especially the shallow rivers and lakes. They also like to frequent the estuaries, small man made water catchment areas. One count easily confuse them for young ducks but their size of teals makes them stand out even among other water birds
They are usually in groups many of the times that #Kasuniephotography has come across them. The red billed teal is distinct with the red coloration on its bill
The three little birds were Red Billed Teals
As seen on the above image caught in Hyena dam of the Nairobi national park, the red coloration makes them stand out even in a blur. they are not very shy birds but will take to flight when you attempt to draw very near. where do ducks go to hide in the rainy season?
#KasuniePhotography has taken the month of October seriously and is looking to #Waterbirds. Along the #kenyan rivers, estuaries, dams and even the larger water masses like the lakes, the waterbirds have taken the chance to inhabit and even nest herein. I happened to catch these Spoon Bills in flight in Lake Magadi
These spoon bills in flight were photographed in Lake Magadi while the lake had subsided. Majority of the Flamingo’s had gone to breed and these birds seemed to have been enjoying the wider lake.
The folks around the area had actually made paths along the lake and to some extend even a market adjacent to the hot water springs when we arrived.
The spoon bills closely resemble flamingos but are are easily identifiable by their flat bills that resemble huge cooking spoons #Kasunie #FreeFotoFriday
The month of October is well know for the Spring bird migration. Majority of the birds are usually returning back to Africa from their nesting grounds. Their choice of nesting has been a wonder to many and its very interesting how these birds cover for long distances for various reasons
From this time to early next year, #KasuniePhotography is expecting to see those palearctic and intra-african migrants that had been missing for a while. Their different habits have had explorers taking keen measures to look into their behaviors but no reason has been given for their long journeys
With the different types of migrants either palearctic birds migrating from Europe and Asia or the or intra-african migrants within the continent we expect to catch a glimpse of at least the barn swallow, common Buzzard or the pygmy kingfisher among others. Go out, travel and e on the look out as well
With Nature kenya still undertaking bird ringing, be sure to report any of these migrants especially the ones with rings on them. This should assist to give further information on their travels, journeys, encounters et al
With the change in climatic conditions and weather patterns, #KasuniePhotography expects someof these migration patterns to change as well as the birds encounter different conditions. It will be good to see majority of these migrants and capture moments before they are forced else where. then again, we might get to see new migrants in time as well #Kasunie