Category Archives: storks

Wetlands of NNP

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..

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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..

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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!)

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A moorhen feeding it’s chick

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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..

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Beautiful & elergant White-faced Whistling ducks

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A Purple Gallinule or Swamphen (not such an elegant name): easy to spot at Hyena Dam…

 

At the Athi Dam

By Will Knocker:

Pictures from the Athi Dam: surely one of the best corners (amongst many)  in NNP:

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Yellow-billed storks, with an African spoonbill in the background..

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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….

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Diederik cuckoo: what a beautiful bird!

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Egyptian goslings have to beware……

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The aptly-named Black-winged stilt ….

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European storks have been numerous this year….

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And this is for you to ID: sorry out of focus…..palearctic migrants….ruffs??

Feasting Waterbirds

By Will Knocker:

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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….

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A fish-fest in the Athi Basin…..

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A Yellow-billed stork catches a tilapia…

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But has trouble swallowing it, whereupon it is stolen by a Grey heron….

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Who also has problems getting it ‘down’…….

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But succeeds….just……*gulp*…

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Portrait of a replete thief….

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Yellow-billed stork with catfish…

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