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Incomparable NNP

By Will Knocker:

Apologies for paucity of updates recently, but am now back in the saddle…

The Park is looking amazing this year after record rains in April May & June.

Yesterday I took a turn around the Park & this is what I found:

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Dawn in the Park is always the best time for me…

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I found 3 lions: 2 lionesses & a male asleep after the night’s activity asleep at the bottom of the Sosian valley

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A Browse rhino in it’s natural habitat..

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And a separate bull at closer quarters…

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A cow hippo at Athi dam (notice her calf in the water.)

Sadly she is grazing on the dreaded Parthenium weed which is taking over the area…& Nairobi.

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Athi Dam: my favourite place….

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A ‘tirikoko’ (Maa): a Yellow-bellied sandgrouse

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of impala in the Park.

Gazelles, without any space to wander outside the Park, are also increasing in number..

 

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Kongoni (a species in steep decline elsewhere owing to competition with cattle: this is a species evolved to living in long-grass environments) are increasing in numbers in NNP.

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Amazingly well-adapted & intelligent Plains zebras are now in the Park in their thousands.

They DO go out of the Park, but it is increasingly dangerous owing to the Bushmeat trade.

Better to stay in the Park in spite of the danger from lions…

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It is mating season for Masai ostriches, of which there are masses in the Park: we hope for plenty of chicks in September/October…

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The Ngong Hills from the Park: this is Big Sky country..

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Plenty of grazers in the ocean of grass this year: outside in the pockets of ‘dispersal area’,  once super-productiver rangelands like these have been converted into a Man-made desert….

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At Eland Hollow, I came across 3 lionesses & 5 large cubs watching the lines of zebra filing into drink…

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Learning to watch………and wait…..

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Nairobi Before & After….

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At lease there is some competition for the skyscrapers!

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NNP remains an amazing & precious & incomparable wildlife area,

full of Nature’s marvellous evolved bounty.

 

 

 

 

Yellow Throated Sandgrouse

By Will Knocker:

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Yellow-throated sand-grouse watering at the Athi Dam…

 

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This is the largest species of sangrouse in Kenya & found on the High Plains of the Mara & Athi-Kapiti, unlike other sp. found in lowland semi-desert….

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They have a distinctive gutteral call when flighting in to drink: ” TIRI KOKO”….their name in Maa….

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Two male birds….

 

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The difference between male & female birds…

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C’est tres magnifique !!