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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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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