A Subaru Forester in the Amboseli

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On a drive to Amboseli  with a few friends the other weekend, we happened to stop at the border with Tanzania. A subaru forester drove in from beyond the grasslands and it was looking amazing making a path where there was none. Being among the same group we were with there was no point of worry but for me, the dust and the light from the sun make a great picture on my mind. Quite an amazing image that i had to get focus on and made sure to get the moment on click

Subaru Forester - Built to Last

Subaru Forester – Built to Last

Another reason for people who love those priceless places Amboseli National Park, Kenya SUBARU FORESTER Backpacker Magazine Subaru lovers Subaru Kenya with Kasunie Photography #Subarulovestohelp #Subarulovestheearth #Subarulovestohelp #BuilttoLast

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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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Shoosh

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I happened to attend a wedding late last year during the holiday season in Embu County, Kenya. Having sat at the back of the church which was dimly lit, i noticed Shosho who happened to stroll by easy minding her business. She seemed deeply to caught up in her thoughts and as she approached the door, the light shone on her face

Shoosh! The people around us

With the 50mm 1.8 STM already on the camera, i came up with this shot. The background of the church window made the image stand out more. I called it “Shoosh” due to her look; old but somehow trendy! Ok

Shoosh! The people around us. Its very funny that we seldom stop to notice the people that pass by. Am sure each has a story to tell by just a second glance #MachoniMwangu. Please note that staring at others is also not a very wise thing to do, you might end up with a slap on your face

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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 – 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 – 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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#FreeFotoFriday – Winding Cisticola

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This is one of the smallest but noisiest birds that i know.  #FreeFotoFriday – Winding Cisticola happens to be a our feature bird this week. The image was captured in Nairobi National park on a morning game drive. While in Nairobi whether business or pleasure, do not miss out on a morning game drive within the park

The bird has just taken to a nearby shrub for some warmth from the morning sun.

Winding Cisticola on a morning game drive in the Nairobi National Park

Winding Cisticola on a morning game drive in the Nairobi National Park

The claws on her feet were a feature to notice. They extended well beyond her feet and on holding on to the branch, they could be seen outwards.

am not sure whether she is a fruit eater or a seed eater with those claws but they seemed clean for clawing insects. Maybe you tell me though i will research further

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#FreeFotoFriday – Little Bee-Eater

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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

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?

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