The Rains this year have been ok, if not dramatically good…….
The waterfall on the Mokoyeti River….
Water gets the cycle of life going at a goodly rate: fungus breaking down black rhino dung…..
An unlikely Wet Season Club at Hyena Dam…
The Spotted Thick Knees are breeding……
Grantis in the Mood…..
But some of the dams still need water…..
I flew over the ‘Dispersal Area’ today….it looks more like a suburb of Nairobi than a wildlife area….
By Will Knocker:
Yesterday was a super rhino day in NNP: this was the view from my breakfast room in the Silole Sanctuary on the edge of the Park.
Behind the giraffe ‘gardeners’: 4 browse rhinos on the ridge (Somali Ridge) behind…..
Then I found this lone bull a kilometer or so away……
And then this cow on the edge of the Sosian Valley….
And her calf…….
Truly awesome animals, threatened by human ignorance & greed.
4 browse rhinos in the Athi Basin…..
And 2 more on the hill above….
3 pairs of cows & their large calves, I think………
By WILL KNOCKER (who has a new camera):
In NNP we’ve had 100 mm (4 inches) of rain in the last couple of weeks & the Park is looking beautiful…….as usual, at the first sign of rain the grazers head straight out of the park…..
Below, landscape & sky…..
The last ‘corridor’ remaining out of the Park is in the east of the Park in the glorious Athi Basin, where wildlife is now concentrated. (I shall post on the crossing shortly.)
My favourites-eland (which means moose in Dutch!!) with abundant young.
Zebra, kongoni & eland, as well as the gazelle sp. drop their young beginning December….
There are plenty of giraffe in NNP- 68 in the February count -definitely a MINIMUM number…
A solitary gnu in the park, Athi Basin in the background…
And gnu calves & cows on the Sheep & Goat land just outside (but contiguous with) the park. Notice what is behind -to the south -the daily expanding township of Kitengela…..
Buffalo at the Athi Dam, (247 counted in Feb Game Count.) I’m sure there are many more than this……
An Athi River mammal eater with his friends (White faced whistling duck)
NNP surely remains one of the best places in the wild to view Browse rhinos: here are 6 of them in the Athi Basin.
By WILL KNOCKER
Nairobi National Park is one of best places to see “black’ or Browse rhinos (East African species michealii) ; here is one of them……
Photographs courtesy of Patrick Bourgeix:
Despite the bad news coming out of South Africa in particular & stories of an upsurge in rhino & elephant poaching in Kenya, here in the Nairobi Park, a long-time sanctuary for the East African sub-species of Black (Browse) rhino –micheallii– things are going well & here are photographs to prove it!
Above a cow & calf in the lower Kisembe valley….
There are at least 60 Black rhinos in NNP & 11 Northern White (Grass) rhinos translocated in from Lake Nakuru Park.
Below cow & calf on plain below Impala Observation Point….
Just 2 of the many calves in the park, spelling out a bright future for this wondrous species.
If you live in Nairobi, come out to visit NNP: USE IT OR LOSE IT!!
Story & pics by WILL KNOCKER:
Last sunday I went into the park for my customary’ blog-hunt’ & came across the huge gravel pit that has been dug by the roadbuilders improving the tracks above the Athi Basin.
A large herd of buffaloes had meandered up from the Athi River to the plains above.
They were having a whale of a time….
A family of Crowned cranes were using this new wetland area to forage for food… Brian Finch the birder has just identified his 539th sp. of bird in the park, showing how extraordinarily rich (& unspoilt by man) NNP habitats are……
Cranes or ‘kongoyings’ as they are known in my family, have bred well this year in the first 6 month period of good rain: it now seems set to get drier….
Here comes a black rhino: a male (females nearly always have calves for company….)
Zebras join the melee……
Whilst the rhino hangs out with buffalo chums…..timeless scenes on the African plain…….
Photos by Ned Knocker (aged 10):
The Nairobi National Park black rhinos are much more difficult to see than the introduced whites, which are placid owing to their inbred genetic inheritance. Black females (which nearly always have calves at heel) usually trot off at the approach of a vehicle…..
Not so this bull, encountered on the early morning school run….notice the wound on his chest…….sign of a fight with another male?
Here he comes: Ned has nerves of steel…….
We’re out of there!!!!