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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Thank you 2015, It was a good year! Welcome 2016

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And there goes 365 days of the Year 2015. Hopefully whatever it is that you had planned to do was done well, if not a new dawn is coming. Thank you 2015, It was a good year! Welcome 2016

At #KasuniePhotography, we managed to see some milestones as well and are grateful thus far. The website is up and running thanks alot to Sobbayi who happens also to be a great friend. Mixing business and friendship to many is a challenge but we thank God thus far as He has worked it out. We look forward to many more great years. New gear as well from #Canon, easy to use and quality i  must say and through #B&H, #Savostores thanks guys. You were terrific and helpful

We managed to #Travel to different places within the country. Truly our nation, Kenya is a marvel. Filled with such beautiful landscapes, warm and friendly people, better access roads, fresh clean air in the #Bundus visited and moreso awesome birds with stories to tell. From #Magadi to #Elementaita, #Embu to Isiolo, #Mombasa and #Kilifi,  #Nakuru to #Namanga we were lucky to visit not forgetting our back yard #NairobiNationalPark which has always provided great views of the #Nairobi city especially from #HyenaDam area and birds all around

2015 was quite busy and busy good. And with travel and photography being a way of life for #Kasunie we enjoyed it thoroughly. We thank God. For each moment, every opportunity to go out, to work with and learn from other great photographers : Thomson, Osborne, Pau, Namunyak et al we are grateful and hope to see you more again in 2016 and beyond

The many people we met on our travel diaries, we a happy to have met and learnt so much. No man is an island i believe (maybe Norman but only he can tell) and getting to know you all was a thrill in itself. We learnt so much.  Our facebook friends and likes in both  #Kasuniephotography and #MachoniMwangu, we appreciate you at each post. For enjoying our work, criticizing and most of all sharing, we are encouraged to share more,  showcase more

And the great food, how could i forget that. The different delicacies out there, my God! Enyewe, #Kenyans can pakulia (serve) you very well. The assortments were out of this world. sumptuous i tell you. Especially after an early or late afternoon game drive, the great food and rest makes it complete. The food bit could not just go unmentioned.

Thank you all for being part of our 2015 and most of all, thank you Jesus for every opportunity.

Happy holidays from Kasunie.com. Thank you 2015, It was a good year! Welcome 2016

Happy holidays from Kasunie.com. Thank you 2015, It was a good year! Welcome 2016

Thank you 2015, It was a good year! Welcome 2016 #KasuniePhotography.

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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?

#KasuniePhotography

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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

#KasuniePhotography

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 – Flight of the spoon Bills

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#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

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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

 

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#FreeFotoFriday – Long Tailed Cormorant

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Our #FreeFotoFriday picture is the Long Tailed Cormorant image captured in Crescent Island.

The perched bird was seen on the shores of the lake. The long tailed cormorant is common along many lake shores in the Rift valley in Kenya

The perched bird was seen on the shores of the lake. The long tailed cormorant is common along many lake shores in the Rift valley in Kenya

This bird is common along the water bodies within the Rift valley, east africa

@Kasun3i

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Kasunie Photography Artist Statement

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I didn’t set out to be a photographer really…It just happened. I have always had a fascination of art and nature, often saw things in a way that many other people did not and i always felt like i needed to justify what i was saying. The camera made that easier and the images can speak for themselves #Blessing

I try to bring forth the beauty in each moment the best way i can, give a chance to an audience to see my story as i showcase His glory. I spend a lot of time reflecting on how things should be, what i could do to change somethings yet still bring forth life on how i feel each beautiful moment should be. #JustaView But at the end of the day, His story matters most #Reason

Kasunie Photography purposely came up as a result of a mix in the love of birds and the lens. A passion that started while at a young age and through time i have nurtured it with travel and #Birdwatching activities. Being out there and wanting to show you what beauty lies therein, #KasuniePhotography was inspired.

All the images shown in the site are unique, real and present a moment in time that one could stare at and see a creation that even God saw was beautiful. (Genesis 1:20 – 21) #Storyline

There is so much in beauty in this world to #Explore that its only wise to carry a good #DSLR to enjoy it all. Shared moments are relived, cultures are preserved, relationships are built and hearty emotions are expressed over and over again. #Travel and expirience new ideas, #Food, #Sports, #Events. It is only wise to share the view from my heart via art in #Photography

These things i love that add joy to the soul, that i dont mind doing over and over again. I believe there is soo much life out there still to be explored, enjoyed and most of all #shared. #LifeisBeautiful

#EachMomentIsaBlessing

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It is very rare that i come across such instances or should i say that such instances happen to me. Now, the other day i packed my bags, camera equipment and the wife out for another expedition out in the wild. What i did not know was that the wild was also anticipating my arrival

I had discovered this rare gem that is just outside the city in the sun. A place full of untouched wildlife, maintained well as a private ranch hosting over 20,000 acres with indigenous species. Being on the eastern side of the country, the area happens to be quite dry, dusty and full of acacia trees and shrubs (Yellow Acacia and Gall Ball Acacia)

Gnu in the area

Swara Plains hosting a wide range of birds of the dry regions. very beautiful location for a one day out for the family

Nevertheless, we packed a small throw in the boot luggage and headed out for the weekend. I was really excited and was anticipating to capture an image of one unique bird. At least that was what my expectations were leading me to. With an early morning game drive the next day, my click finger was getting relaxed and my mind was already setting up for a good frame

We arrived Swara plains as the sun was going down and got to catch the last rays of warmth for the day. Having booked for a full board stay at the Acacia camp, we were received well by the great hosts. Jill and her team ensured that we got a great accommodation with a lovely unique bathroom, an awesome meal for dinner and a peaceful night in. What a lovely experience it was at Acacia camp. Most definitely i will find my way there again and this time for a longer stay

The next morning we were early, fortunate to experience the wide array of birds that came to the camp. From the likes of the Purple Banded Sunbird both male and female, spotted morning thrush, a close up of the Stuhlmann’s starling et al were all around the camp calling me to follow for a good shot

Can you believe that we were delayed for the morning game drive? All be cause yours truly was chasing birds. It was a fantastic morning that Sunday. My smile was close to my ears, happiness galore yet i was still expecting something to happen. After a much delayed game drive, we were off to the plains with the binoculars in check, our bird books with writing materials and of course the Canon EOS 7D having had the previous images transferred from the memory card

As we drove on slowly, we came across a climb where my beautiful wife noticed a rare bird that we had not seen in a while; a Hartlaub’s bustard trying to camouflage within the gall ball acacia. We stopped and followed on with the binoculars. She seemed scared and kept going further into the bushes so we left her alone. At the same spot, we noticed a shrike that was also some distance away on the same bushes.

From previous experiences, shrikes are birds that will always leave a party when you check in or even seem to notice them. So i zoomed in as much as i could and took a few shots. Majority were blurred but We kept following until it went away. Oh well, in my mind i was like; that was what i expected it to do. So we drove on into the plains and saw other animals and birds as well

As the sun was overhead, we were making our way back for lunch. When we reached the slope where we had seen the HartLaub’s bustard, i drove on slowly hoping that it would show itself again. Well i can say, that it had already gone. But still i drove on slowly down with my eyes on the look out. Then i saw it. The long tailed shrike was further off in a distance but along the road. Easy and slowly i drove down, angling the car to take a good shot. The close we drove the better, the shots were. And slowly we closed distance and the bird was just staring. It was not taking off

Long tailed common shrike

A case of very curious long tailed Fiscal

This was a very rare instance for me and i was not about to let it go. Closer and closer and as we got to about eighteen meters or so she took to flight. I tried to follow the shots but the angle was not letting. In my mind, i was OK and fine that i had got that much shots. Then it happened! She had taken to flight to come to a closer bush next to my side of the car window. I was in the process of putting down the window, when i heard my wife go “ooh wow” and there she was

Magnificence! Purely black and white, glaring at us. The moment that i had been waiting for and I was nearly forgetting to take the shot, till i was reminded. you should have seen me trying to bring the camera to the right setting and focus at rate slower than a snail so to not chase the bird away. Through the eye piece, she was more lovelier. And she kept changing sides for me to see her beauty. That moment seemed paused just for me to take more close up

Truly amazing! No one was talking just the camera clicks and my heartbeat could be heard. The moment i had been waiting for all that day was here and i was taking part in it. God send i tell you! By the time she was taking off, i was wishing to take her home and make more beautiful images. Then again, she was home and we were happy with the day. Her curiosity brought joy and laughter and many stories to share the rest of the drive

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