By Will Knocker:
A female bushbuck in it’s element in one of the many diverse habitats in Nairobi National Park, where it is common.
Although common (the most widespread antelope sp. in Africa) bushbuck are solitary creatures & usually difficult to spot (apart from in NNP!)
They can live easily near people, although they are widely hunted for their meat outside protected areas.
As shown here, if not persecuted, they can be very tolerant of people (this image actually from Aberdares NP)
The beautiful bushbuck is easily bayed up by pursuing dogs, but hopefully not in the protected areas of Nairobi National Park.
More info: http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushbuck
By Will Knocker:
I was woken up by this Variable Sunbird (male of course) fighting with himself in my bedroom window…..
And at Main Gate, my guest Jess & I got caught up in the early morning circus: 2 male lions rubbing themselves in a buffalo pat!
The 2 males: looking thin: c’mon guys, you are supposed to be Super Predators & the Park is full of Prey!
A Blacksmith plover….
Kanga……Guinea-fowl have done well this year, with many grown chicks evident….
Chandler’s Mountain reedbuck in the Sosian valley….
A Yellowneck spurfowl with a runny beak….
And 2 African spoonbills………spoooning…….
Athi Dam megacroc getting some dirty looks…..
Lone bushbuck……(called Abu Naba in Arabic…any Arabic speakers out there?)
As Jess said “wall-to-wall” zebras in the Athi Basin, where wildlike is concentrated at present….
Upupa epops, the African hoopoe…what a lovely bird!
And to end a splendid day in the incomparable NNP: a monitor lizard at Nangolomon Dam (it should be Narok Omom): “Black Head” in Maa, referring to the Langata forest…..