Rain and Migrant Birds

irania
irania

We had our first rain last night. It has been two months since the heavy rains we received in January. Many Migrant birds have been around recently. On a recent birding safari we got a Booted Eagle, and hundreds of Whittethroats and Willow Warblers. In the past few weeks we have also had an Irania hanging around our security boma and 10 days ago about 60 European White Storks stopped in to spend the night with us on their way northward.

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Blue Headed Tress Agama

Last week on safari we saw a Blue Headed Tree Agama. This is the first time that we have noticed this spectacular lizard here in Laikipia. We saw a male in full breeding colours. He was bright turquoise under his chin and bright blue all over his body. When we tried to get closer he became duller and almost blended in the with tree becoming a mottled green/brown. Has anyone else seen this lizard in this part of Laikipia? Of course we did not have a camera with us but I will try and photograph him this week.

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Lions Eat Another Cow

One of our neighbours large bulls was killed and eaten on our property several days ago.  It appears to have been doing a little secret grazing in the evening when the lion got it.  This is the third lion loss for this particular neighbor in the past 4 months. We have notified the Laikipia Predator Project but should readers here like to read more about an excellent Organization that works to mitigate lion / livestock problems go to:

http://www.lionconservation.org/

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Odd Agama Lizard

We have been encountering the following Agama lizard on many of our walks around Tumaren. His colour is not right for a Red-Headed Agama and yet there is no other Agama for the area in the book that fills his description. The Mwanza Flat Headed Agama from the Mara and south is the only Agama that resembles it. Ideas???

elementaita agama
elementaita agama
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More on Snake

Here is the closer look at that snake which now i think must have just been a White Lip Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia). I realize its still a small image, sorry:

White lip
White lip

Here is what I also Identified as a Big-eyed Snake (Telescopus dhara) a couple months ago:

snake in Laikipia
snake in Laikipia

Other Species of snake recorded on Tumaren include:

  • Puffader (Bitis arietans)
  • Black Necked Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis)
  • Red Spitting Cobra (Naja pallida)
  • Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
  • Rufous Beaked Snake (Rhamphiophis rostratus)
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Unidentified Young Snake

Found this young snake under one of our flys the other day as we were taking down camp. Not such a great picture but if anyone has any ideas they would be greatly appreciated.

I suppose this image may appear too small on the blog for IDing. Please write should a snake person out there want a larger image.

snake in Laikipia
snake in Laikipia
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