Kenya Jan 2017 Birding Trip Report Day 1

Our first full day of the safari was spend in Nairobi National Park, an incredible park surrounded by the city of Nairobi and offers fantastic birding and game viewing opportunities with a variety of habitats. Soon after entering we saw our first Purple Grenadier, Red-cheeked Cordon blue, Spotted Morning-thrush, Baglafecht’s Weaver, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, White-headed Barbet and Grey-capped Warbler was a great find. We entered the grassland section and soon got Gray-crowned Crane, Yellow-throated and Pangani Longclaws, Athi Short-toed Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow-lark, Long-tailed Fiscal, Northern and Pied Wheatears, Whinchat and Common Ostrich. Cisticolas were plentiful and we found Singing, Rattling, Winding, Stout, Siffling and Desert throughout the day. Other interesting birds we got include Northern Pied Babbler, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Spur-winged Lapwing, Buff-bellied Warbler, Eurasian Blackcap, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Black Sparrowhawk, Abyssinian Thrush, Rueppell’s Glossy, Superb and Hildebrandt’s Starlings, Yellow-rumped and Streaky Seedeaters and Speke’s Weaver. We got a few interesting water birds that included African Snipe, Green Sandpiper, African Rail, Long-toed Lapwing and Ruff while Black Stork was a nice bird to see. We had some good raptor sightings with Martial, Steppe and Tawny’s Eagles, White-backed Vulture, Black-shouldered Kite, Eurasian Marsh-harrier and Bateleur while late in the day we got Hartlaub’s and White-bellied Bustards. This is an excellent park for game viewing and we were not disappointed with great sightings of Cape Buffalo, Kongoni Hartebeest, Grant’s and Thompson’s Gazelles, Sykes Money, Olive Baboon, Masai Giraffe, Plain’s Zebra, Common Eland and Bohor Reedbuck. White Rhino and a couple of Lions were the mammal highlights late in the day.

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