Images by Trish Heather-Hayes
“The grandfather of birding lists is the Nairobi one, with 605 sp. rdecorded from the city & environs. NNP is the nest with 529 sp.” So writes Stephen Spawls in his epic tome, KENYA, A Natural History…& the reason for this huge biodiversity is variety of habitat..
NNP (& Nairobi, including the Karura & Ngong Road Forests) boasts an incredible array of habitats, from the dry plains of the Athi Basin to the Langata Forest in the west..
The most important & fragile (dependent of the source of water) are the Park’s wetlands, such as Hyena Dam, pictured here: full of nutrients for this Yellow-Billed stork (the sewage from the blocks of flats upstream!)
A moorhen feeding it’s chick
Black-headed heron, otherwise known as a Snake bird owing to it’s propensity for gobbling snakes: this sp. is not always associated with water or wetlands..
Beautiful & elergant White-faced Whistling ducks
A Purple Gallinule or Swamphen (not such an elegant name): easy to spot at Hyena Dam…
By Will Knocker:
Pictures from the Athi Dam: surely one of the best corners (amongst many) in NNP:
Yellow-billed storks, with an African spoonbill in the background..
Why O why have KWS allowed pylons to be built & the ENTIRE Athi Basin aesthetically spoilt in an undeveloped area (ie this would be a perfect place for future tourist development) ? Who allowed this? So short-sighted….
Diederik cuckoo: what a beautiful bird!
Egyptian goslings have to beware……
The aptly-named Black-winged stilt ….
European storks have been numerous this year….
And this is for you to ID: sorry out of focus…..palearctic migrants….ruffs??
By Will Knocker:
Dropping waterlevels in dams & ponds in the Park after good Rains this year, when fish proliferated, means a bonanza for storks & herons..above, African spoonbills….
A fish-fest in the Athi Basin…..
A Yellow-billed stork catches a tilapia…
But has trouble swallowing it, whereupon it is stolen by a Grey heron….
Who also has problems getting it ‘down’…….
Portrait of a replete thief….
Yellow-billed stork with catfish…