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 vulturine to find predators.  When you hear these birds mobbing something you will often times find a cat or mongoose or a snake sheltering from the uproar.

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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 i ran into the following Donalson-smith Nightjar while walking about camp at night.

donaldson smith nightjar
donaldson smith nightjar
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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 pdf file in one of my blog post so i’m unsure if it will work. hope so.

Bird people. Please let me know your ideas or omissions.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1NAs_HDGSz1A_x8u4KmQ4sqolMSAviRtghifE5sSFO7s/edit?usp=sharing

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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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