Bird Feeders

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Have you ever thought about keeping birds as pets? If so, am sure you have googled a lot about how to and how you would feed them must have been ranking high on your list. Like which bird feeders to use and the type of grain that would suffice for feeding must have been top ten. Which are the best bird feeders for attracting your common household birds? Which quality materials  are use used and the what is the best design?

I am not an expert on bird feeders but i have surely come across many in my bird watching escapades. Many a people have found different types some which also to cater for even water. Some look like houses while others are just plain flat. The materials also used to make them range from clay, to wood, to glass, to plastic, to cut dried bottle gourds and the list is endless

Sunbird on a Bird Feeder in Nairobi Tented Camp

It is just like someone is trying to recreate a plate that they love or a feature to beautify their homes and still be useful for bird feeding. Now i get it, the latter should be moreso true. Many persons will buy what they love to see around them that they think the birds will like or will enjoy feeding from

Bird feeder in Sleeping Warrior lodge in Lake Elementaita, Kenya

Now that am looking for one, am not even sure where to get one from but i would try starting from KSPCA (Kenya Society for the Protection and Care of Animals). Maybe they can give me a clue as to where i can get one that works if they do not offer themselves. Having seen how Sarah Higgins keeps her birds well, maybe also i could go back to Naivasha Owls Centre and get more information as well

I do not know how different birds will classify different types of bird feeders but am sure they all are seeking to find the contents therein and a great place to rest while doing their business

Bird feeder in Sleeping Warrior lodge in Lake Elementaita, Kenya

So depending on the bird that you intend to lure, the kind of food you would like to offer, i am sure that out there are many types of feeders available and they do not need a door. If worst comes to worst, plant flowers which are sweet smelling that will attract sunbirds. If it is in the open, scatter some seeds for the seed eaters. It is not the color or type of bird feeder, but what is contained therein. I will tell you how it goes once i attract a few, i might get a prinia

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#FreeFotoFriday – Rufous Naped Lark again

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The common, chunky, brown – streaked lark of the long grass plain as described by Adam Scott Kennedy in his book – Birds of Kenya’s Rift Valley is the #FreeFoto this Friday.  Its mostly encountered on #Gamedrives through the grassy plains when it springs up from the tracks and verges

Severally seen on nearly every game drive taken especially running on the tracks

#FreeFotoFriday - Rufous-Naped Lark

As seen on this image, i loved the blending in with the environment. Despite being mostly on the ground, her feet looked very clean with a light touch to it

The sun shinning on the side like she was sun bathing in the evening light brought out her outline and the streaks on her chest are just magnificent. Very beautiful bird indeed #Kasunie

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#FreeFotoFriday – Juvenile Red-Fronted Barbet

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Out of the Savanna grasslands of the #SwaraPlains in Kitengela comes our #FreeFotoFriday – Juvenile Red-Fronted Barbet. The area boasts of amazing birds especially within the acacia trees near the ravine

A small yellow and black bird which would easily be mistaken for a a Red-Fronted Tinker bird but the large beak and the back streaks largely make a huge difference for identification

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Juvenile-Red-Fronted-Barbet

Or could it really be a tinker bird? Small birds can really make a mess for bird watchers. Having to seek for those unique features that distinguish the bird from another can be also a tricky affair. Do you encounter such?

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#FreeFotoFriday – Flamingo

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Despite a long day, #FreeFotoFriday – Flamingo could not miss out. In oil like looking waters,  this birds seemed to move about in a row like cluster.  Like there was a path they were keeping to

Flamingo

Flamingo in Lake Elementaita

A lesser and greater hung out like they were all birds of a feather.  As I pray for #Burundi I am reminded of togetherness by these creatures. Every life matters and am sure we all need each other.  Pink shades may distinguish the #FreeFotoFriday – Flamingos but at the end of the day, they are Flamingos

The lighting of the image is interesting, makes #Kasuniephotography consider for a feature

 

 

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#FreeFotoFriday – Yellow-Rumped Seedeater returns

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Once again we feature #FreeFotoFriday – Yellow-Rumped seedeater returns with a spectacular showing of the reason as to why it is called so. With the several poses taken for the bird on the same day, the different angles brought out special image effects

#FreeFotoFriday - Yellow-Rumped Seedeater

#FreeFotoFriday – Yellow-Rumped Seedeater

See the nice coloration of yellow on the back.  I like the image as the bird was looking into the valley below and the dark clouds that morning made it look different. Different good!

At times one goes bird watching expecting to see those different birds out there but the same bird in a different dimension show off a an awesome aspect – An outstanding Yellow rump

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PS: After thorough scrutiny and clarification from fellow bird watchers, the bird on the image is actually the non breeding male of the Yellow bishop. Confirmed as on Birds of Kenya’s rift valley by Adam Scott Kennedy

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#FreeFotoFriday – Yellow-Rumped Seedeater

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#FreeFotoFriday – Yellow-Rumped Seedeater is our free unique image this day. Captured in Sleeping Warrior lodge, the bird i want to believe has made its abode around the Cordon Bleu accommodation area as it was around for our stay.

Maybe it  was the welcome and stay on well party. We were thoroughly entertained. She was huge and fat and basking in the porch each morning for the  morning sun was part of its ritual

A Yellow-rumped Seedeater in the Sleeping Warrior in Lake Elementaita, Kenya

A Yellow-Rumped Seedeater in the Sleeping Warrior in Lake Elementaita, Kenya

The yellow rump was vividly seen unlike after a while as it seemed earlier like the streaky seedeater. For sure by the size of the bird, the area seems to be blessed with plenty. Am not even sure whether it could fly far leave alone fast if attacked

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#FreeFotoFriday – Lilac Breasted Roller

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On a road trip out of town the other day we were met by a very interesting bird that happens to be #FreeFotoFriday – Lilac Breasted Roller. Despite the anticipation to see the large birds, i have always wanted to see this bird up close

I have heard stories of how it flies up and rolls around showing its magnificent colors on flight and every time i come across it, the excitement is there to see it roll. Apparently that is where it got the name

Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller

This bird happens to have some extra-ordinary colors. I got to witness it in flight to perch and off, believe me when i tell you that the lilac is exquisite. i have never seen such a distortion of light blue. Amazing #FreeFotoFriday bird #Naturealert

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The Sleeping Warrior

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Despite the long wait and planning, the sleeping warrior was our host for a number of days. And i can attest that the stay was good. A great hotel consisting of a lodge and camp

The name apparently originates from a nearby hill which from one side looks like the face of a warrior. Do not ask me how but i tried to look at it from how it was being described and i could only form a face but not the warrior

A stay in Cordon Bleu

A stay in Cordon Bleu

We were hosted on Cordon Bleu, one of the separate accommodation overlooking the regions around the lodge. i tell you, the view is absolutely fantastic

Each room is named according to the birds which have been nesting therein. The other different rooms could be seen from afar giving great privacy for relaxation and reading. I think Cordon Bleu had the best view

A view from Cordon Bleu

A view from Cordon Bleu

The inside was a marvel. Once inside, you did not want to leave. The spacious room, the bed, the lounge not to mention the tub and shower; someone had taken time to think about me. No wonder our breakfast was always after 10 o’clock.

Apart from the cold in the morning, we just wanted to stay in. The hosts were very friendly and our guide Henry was always willing to share stories about the place. He is a birdwatcher also which made it feel like home #KasuniePhotography

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The Road Ahead

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I finally managed to visit another of the rift valley lakes the other day and am grateful. The road ahead seemed so near yet to get to the lake itself was so far

The Road ahead is more Beautiful

The Road ahead is more Beautiful

We make plans to travel and as the days draw nearer the anticipation grows as well. then come the times, you get packed and start the journey

For some people like #KasuniePhotography who take time on their drives taking pictures and enjoying the landscapes and what the Safari seems to offer, a journey of an hour can easily be four.

The being in a different place in time, the culture of the different people, the landscapes not to mention the different birds to see makes my country one of the best places to live

The road ahead leads to a better tomorrow. As long as we make peace, we shall all live in harmony and get to visit all these places without fear. #KasuniePhotographyTravelDiary

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#FreeFotoFriday – Looking at the rear view

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I have been having one too many encounters with our bird image of the day #FreeFotoFriday – Looking at the rear view. Each time she keeps showing a different side, letting #KasuniePhotography explore and learn

Looking back over my shoulder

                                                 Looking back over my shoulder

They say that we should indeed stop looking at life over our shoulders but it does not hurt to view life on the rear view. Take time to count your blessings in the now and thank Jehova that you can breathe

Tomorrow may seem blurred but most definitely a new day comes and blessed it will be. Just Believe that God will guide you through. He makes all things beautiful in his own time

Too many encounters create relationships and with the Rufous Naped Lark, i have learnt a lot about the bird in the different environs we have met. From Lake Nakuru to Nairobi National Park, she could be next to you and you could miss her totally

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