A Morning in Lake Nakuru National Park

Flotilla of great white pelicans

December 2015

I had a morning where I could sneak away to the lake for a few hours. I hoped to find more flamingos than in June. Unfortunately, very few numbers were present. However we circled around to the western shore and found a small mixed flock of greater and lesser varieties. Most of the birds present were juveniles: white with grayish black features. A vibrant couple adults were showing-off much to my delight. Perhaps some of the younger members were not strong enough to make it to Lake Bogoria were the largest Kenyan population resides since the flooding of Nakuru.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

 

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

 

White fronted bee-eater

White fronted bee-eater

 

Long crested eagle

Long crested eagle

 

Broad billed roller in yellow acacia

Broad billed roller in yellow acacia

 

Black Bellied Bustard

Black Bellied Bustard

 

Augur Buzzard

Augur Buzzard

 

African spoonbill with Egyptian geese

African spoonbill with Egyptian geese

 

Here’s the list: Common ostrich, great white pelican, pink-backed pelican, great cormorant, long-tailed cormorant, African darter, cattle egret, great egret, black headed heron, grey heron, yellow-billed stork, hammerkop, saddle-billed stork, marabou stork, hadada ibis, African spoonbill, greater flamingo, lesser flamingo, Egyptian goose, augur buzzard, long crested eagle, African harrier-hawk, helmeted guineafowl, grey crowned crane, black bellied bustard, greater painted snipe, blacksmith lapwing, spur-winged lapwing, crowned lapwing, common sandpiper, wood sandpiper, fisher’s lovebird, little bee-eater, cinnamon chested bee-eater, white fronted bee-eater, broad billed roller, lilac breasted roller, green wood hoopoe, red throated wryneck, Nubian woodpecker, grey woodpecker, rufous naped lark, red-capped lark, grassland pipit, long billed pipit, northern anteater chat, common rock-thrush, pied wagtail, red billed oxpecker, yellow billed oxpecker, red winged starling, greater blue eared starling, Ruppells long tailed starling, superb starling, cordon bleu, common waxbill, red billed firefinch, various cisticolas, swifts, weavers, drongos, doves, sparrows, fiscals, and shrikes.

 

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