#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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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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#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 – Great White Pelican

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Among the many waterbirds visible on the rift valley lakes is the Great White Pelican which happens to be our #FreeFotoFriday this week.  This bird is huge and magnificent. On this instance, we saw this huge flock in Crescent island

The Pelicans seemed to have taken over as the pink coloration of the Flamingos was a Mis as they had flown to Lake Natron for breeding.

Great White Pelicans on the shores of Crescent Island, Lake NaivashaGreat White Pelicans on the shores of Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha

I like this image mostly because of the composition of the flock of birds with a drape of the lake and the hills not forgetting the sacred Ibis in flight on top of the reeds

The rains were on the verge of falling and i remember after the shot we started running towards the parking on the other side of the island.

Bird watching is really extra ordinary. These amazing creatures and their behaviors do influence the way we live. The time spent with pelicans was brief, but the memories will for long be en-grained in our minds and shared through #Kasunie.

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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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