White-faced Scops Owl. Another new Species for Tumaren!

White-faced Scops Owl. Another new Species for Tumaren!

I was absolutely shocked to run into a White-faced Scops Owl on my last safari that started on June 24th.  In 15 years of walking through the same habitat and, in fact the same exact area I have never seen or heard a White-faced Scops Owl. In fact, besides one friend who told me that […]

Vulturine Guineafowl

Vulturine Guineafowl

It was nice to find these fellows in the camera trap this morning.  Vulturine Guinefowl are some of the areas most distinguished birds.  Fly Tyers love to get their hands on Vulturine skins. The blue, it turns out is rather irresistible to not only the camera but also certain atlantic salmon.  We often use the […]

Goatsucker with young

Goatsucker with young

Goatsucker is a traditional name given to birds in the order Caprimulgiformes – the nightjars. The term was based on a belief that the birds drank the milk of goats. Fortunately for the local masai this belief was long ago proven erroneous. Nightjars are insectivores predominantly nocturnal and closely related to owls. The other day […]

Birds of Laikipia

Birds of Laikipia

Here is a list of the birds of Tumaren. It can be used as a Bird List to Laikipia excluding only some of the more montane species that we don’t get east of the Ewaso Nyiro river and that might be found on the higher country on the Laikipia Plateau. I have never uploaded a […]

Black-faced Sandgrouse

Black-faced Sandgrouse

I nearly stepped on this nesting sandgrouse the other day while working on road repairs. It flushed in front of me. amazing how hidden he was. I didn’t know Mr. Lichtenstein’s  sandgrouse helped with brooding. He was on 3 eggs which he returned to within 15 minutes.

Rain and Migrant Birds

Rain and Migrant Birds

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 […]