Category Archives: Reptiles

A Day in the Park 17th Jan

By Will Knocker:

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I was woken up by this Variable Sunbird (male of course) fighting with himself in my bedroom window…..

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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!

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The 2 males: looking thin: c’mon guys, you are supposed to be Super Predators & the Park is full of Prey!

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A Blacksmith plover….

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Kanga……Guinea-fowl have done well this year, with many grown chicks evident….

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Chandler’s Mountain reedbuck in the Sosian valley….

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A Yellowneck spurfowl with a runny beak….

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And 2 African spoonbills………spoooning…….

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Athi Dam megacroc getting some dirty looks…..

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Lone bushbuck……(called Abu Naba in Arabic…any Arabic speakers out there?)

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As Jess said “wall-to-wall” zebras in the Athi Basin, where wildlike is concentrated at present….

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Upupa epops, the African hoopoe…what a lovely bird!

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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…..

 

Burrakenge !

By Will Knocker:

NNP is home to a myriad forms of life, including reptiles…

This is a Nile monitor lizard, common along the rivers & near the dams & wetlands in the Park…

Monitors belong to the family which are the largest lizards in the world, such as the Komodo dragon & the goannas of Australia..

Not to be confused with the Saurians…crocodiles & alligators….

For comparison, here is a Savannah monitor, the other sp. to be found in Kenya, but not recorded, to my knowledge in NNP.