We shall continue with the Garden Birds Series today as we explore one of the most attractive passerines to see, the Sunbirds. Sunbirds belong to the family Nectariniidae as they mostly feed on nectar with their long downward curved bills; an adaptation to their feeding preferences. Sunbirds largely exhibit sexually dimorphism, with the males having … Continue reading Top 5 most common GARDEN SUNBIRDS
A few years ago, not one person outside the scientific/conservation/natural world had ever heard of the pangolin up until its triumph at The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CITES CoP17) recently held in South Africa. All the 8 species were … Continue reading Hall of Fame for the Pangolin (2016 Highlights)
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I noticed I had left out other very common town birds that are worth mentioning following my previous post here. Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) Common on city lawns with an olive brown plumage above, bright orange bill, a bare orbital ring, its chin and throat are buffy white with dusky streaks becoming greyish olive-brown on … Continue reading More Town Birds
Busy town, busy lives, everyone going on with their day to day activities. Hardly do we notice these other creatures that are coexisting with us as we live and work in our urban areas. If I was to ask an average of 10 city dwellers if their notice any bird around them at any time … Continue reading The 10 most common Kenyan Town Birds
Arguably the largest bird one can see around our towns more often than not, with a wing spanning 3.7 meters (largest wing span of any living land bird), 130 cm tall and weighing up to 9 kg. Females are although smaller than the males. Being large and heavy, their legs and toe bones are hollow. … Continue reading Thee Marabou
A black kite flies quite alone in the skies. A pair of pied crows join the kite. But this is not a follow the leader kind of thing. It’s an ambush. The pied crows with their wings and beaks shove the kite of course. The kite now knowing it’s under attack, fights back. There is … Continue reading CROWs – Quite aggressive…aren’t they.
My most recent bird crush, well, for quite some time now, has been the black headed heron Ardea melanocephala. Having been observing this birds nesting in colonies in a tree near where I reside, they have intrigued me as I did not know that they could nest right in the middle of a town just … Continue reading The Black Headed Heron – A town’s Spectacle
A species / quote special highlighting some of my favourite species I have had the opportunity to shoot (purposely used) across the country and quotes from very influential people in the conservation world. Some, hopefully all, quoted people you may recognise, making the post more Kenyan oriented and globally represented. Enjoy the flash of words … Continue reading Species Special
Regarding one of my most highly viewed posts, here, and the questions raised over the topic, I myself have also asked questions concerning the two species of eagles found in totally two different continents. For today, I will highlight what I have learnt and seen, the African Fish Eagle, as I get to see this … Continue reading African Fish Eagle: REVIEW
The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a common raptor found on Kenyan skies almost all year round. In Kenya, most people refer to them as hawks, a general term for any raptor in Kenya. I used to call them hawks too until 2012 when I learnt of their true name. Growing up, this bird was … Continue reading Milvus migrans
Most recently, I have developed an interest for the avian species. Why? You may ask… well birds fascinate me. One, they are diverse, two, versatile, three, easily seen almost everywhere, four, colourful, five amazingly creative; the list could go on and on, on why they are simply amazing creatures and if any of you have … Continue reading WHY AVIANS
Kenya is celebrating 50 years of self-rule and as a commemoration I would like to share why I love Kenya and why everyone should, at least, visit her in their lifetime. 1. With not less than 1000 bird species it’s a bird watchers paradise. 2. You can see all the ‘big five’ – Elephant, Buffalo, … Continue reading Kenya at 50.
It's been a while since I posted anything, I know. Well, school happened and everything that comes with it; assignments, continuous assessment tests and the whats not. Enough with the routine life, right. Recently (for quite some time) I came across two raptors, which in my opinion, look similar but are very different; The African fish eagle and the Bald … Continue reading The African Fish Eagle Versus The Bald Eagle