Birding Trip Reports

I’ve been updating the blog with new sections, including Birding Hotspots in Kenya and East Africa, which I will be updating throughout this week, as well as Birding Trip Reports. Below is the most recently added report from a non-birding tour I hosted over the holidays. Enjoy the Birds! Kenya may have turned my guests into birders!

On my recent trip with  two Canadians, which took  us to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Baringo, Kaptagat Forest and Diani Beach, we managed to see 155 species, though they were not really serious birders as such. It was more of a Christmas holiday. I was however impressed of how many species came our way!!! Kenyan birdlife is impressive!!! Have a great birding new year. The photos were taken during this trip.

Species seen during the tour:

  1. Sooty Gull
  2. White Stork
  3. Yellow-Billed Stork
    Yellow-Billed Stork in the Maasai Mara
  4. Woolly-necked Stork

    Wolly-necked Stork, Maasai Mara
  5. Saddle-billed Stork
  6. Black Stork
  7. African open-billed Stork
    African Open-billed Stork in Maasai Mara
  8. Grey crowned Crane
  9. Marabou Stork
  10. Glossy Ibis
  11. Sacred Ibis
  12. Hadada Ibis
    Hadada Ibis at Lake Baringo
  13. Lesser Flamingo
    Lesser Flamingo Lake Bogoria
  14. Greater Flamingo
    Greater Flamingo, Lake Bogoria
  15. Goliath Heron
    Goliath Heron, Maasai Mara
  16. Black-headed Heron
  17. Hammerkop
    Hammerkop, Maasai Mara
  18. Little Bittern
  19. Squacco Heron
    Squacco Heron, Lake Baringo
  20. Rufous-bellied Heron
  21. Green-backed Heron
  22. Great Egret
  23. Little Egret
  24. Cattle Egret
  25. Dimorphic Egret
  26. Long-tailed Cormorant
    Long-tailed Cormorant, Lake Baringo
  27. African Darter

    African Dartar, Lake Baringo
  28. White-faced whistling Duck
  29. Knob-billed Duck
  30. Water Thick-knee
  31. Temminck’s Courser
  32. Black-winged Plover
  33. Senegal Plover
  34. Crowned Plover
  35. Blacksmith Plover
  36. Spur-winged Plover
  37. African wattled Plover
  38. Little ringed plover
  39. Common ringed plover
  40. Little Stint
  41. Temmink’s Stint
  42. Broad-billed Sandpiper
  43. Common Greenshank
  44. Mash Sandpiper
  45. Wood Sandpiper
  46. Green Sandpiper
  47. Whembrel
  48. Black-winged  Stilt
  49. African Jacana
    African Jacana, Maasai Mara
  50. Helmeted Guineafowl
  51. White-bellied Bustard
  52. Black-bellied Bustard
  53. Southern Ground Hornbill
    Southern Ground Hornbill, Maasai Mara
  54. Secretary Bird
    Secretary Bird, Maasai Mara
  55. Common Ostrich
  56. Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture
  57. African white-backed Vulture
  58. White-headed Vulture
  59. Lappet-faced Vulture
  60. Imperial Eagle
  61. Tawny Eagle
  62. Common Buzzard
  63. Augur Buzzard
  64. Osprey
  65. Martial Eagle
  66. Brown Snake Eagle
  67. African Fish Eagle
  68. Little Sparrowhawk
  69. Shikra
  70. Great Sparrowhawk
  71. Lizard Buzzard
  72. Long-crested Eagle
  73. Lanner Falcon
  74. Pygmy Falcon
  75. African Green Pigeon
    African Green Pigeon, Maasai Mara
  76. Namaqua Dove
  77. African Mourning Dove
  78. Laughing Dove
  79. Emerald-spotted wood Dove
  80. White-bellied Go Away Bird
    White-bellied Go Away Bird, Lake Baringo
  81. Hartlaub’s Turaco
  82. Klaas’s Cuckoo
  83. Diedrik Cuckoo
  84. Black and white Cuckoo
  85. Blue-headed Coucal
  86. Slender-tailed Nightjar
  87. Blue-naped Mousebird
  88. Speckled Mousebird
  89. Malachite Kingfisher
    Malachite Kingfisher, Lake Baringo
  90. Woodland Kingfisher
  91. Pied Kingfisher
    Pied Kingfisher, Lake Baringo
  92. Little Bee-eater
  93. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
  94. Lilac-breasted Roller
    Lilac-Breasted Roller, Maasai Mara
  95. African Hoopoe
  96. Green Wood-Hoopoe
  97. Jackson’s Hornbill
    Jackson’s Hornbill, Lake Baringo
  98. Red-billed Hornbill
  99. Green Barbet
  100. White-eared Barbet
  101. Red-fronted Barbet
  102. Black-throated Barbet
  103. Red and Yellow Barbet
    Red and Yellow Barbet, Lake Baringo
  104. Grey Woodpecker
  105. Nubian Woodpecker
  106. Lesser Honey guide
  107. Rosy-breasted Longclaw
  108. Yellow-throated Longclaw
  109. Grassland Pipit
  110. Rufous-naped Lark
  111. Common Bulbul
  112. Ruppell’s Long-tailed Starling
  113. Superb Starling
  114. Bristle-crowned Starling
  115. Black-headed Oriole
  116. Pied Crow
  117. House Crow
  118. Brubru
  119. Three-streaked Tchagra
  120. Northern Puffback
  121. Grey-headed Bush-shrike
  122. Northern-white crowned Shrike
  123. Pygmy Batis
  124. African-grey Flycatcher
  125. African Paradise Flycatcher
  126. Brown Babbler
  127. White-Browed Scrub Robin
  128. Winding Cisticola
  129. Rattling Cisticola
  130. Siffling  Cisticola
  131. Zitting Cisticola
  132. Yellow-breasted Apalis
  133. Red-fronted Warbler
  134. Grey Wren Warbler
  135. Beautiful Sunbird
  136. Hunters Sunbird
  137. Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird
  138. Grey-headed Sparrow
  139. White-billed Buffalo-Weaver
  140. White-headed Buffalo-Weaver
  141. Pin-tailed Whydah
  142. Hartlaub’s Mash Widowbird
  143. Fan-tailed Widowbird
  144. Jackson’s Golden-backed Weaver
  145. Northern-masked Weaver
  146. Lesser-Masked Weaver
  147. Red-cheeked Cordon-Blue
  148. Purple Grenadier
  149. Green-winged Pytilia
  150. Red-billed Firefinch
    Red-billed Firefinch, Lake Baringo
  151. African Citril
  152. White-bellied Canary
  153. Yellow-crowned Canary
  154. Dark Chanting Goshawk

    Dark Chanting Goshawk, Lake Baringo
  155. Spotted morning Thrush

    Spotted Morning Thrush, Lake Baringo

Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kenya Bird Watching

In a recent tour to Saiwa Swamp National Park I managed to spot over 70 species of bird in a period of 48 hours. I stayed at the a self-catering Tree Top House which was quite unique. Just after I checked in, from the balcony, I had brilliant view of a female Sitatunga with a young baby!! That was the better way to begin birding and in a few minutes of observation I had recorded: Little Rush Warbler, Grey-crowned Crane and Chubb’s Cisticola. That evening I did a long walk to platform (Tower) 4 where I was lucky enough to see the male Sitatunga and Yellow-billed Duck. The next day I hiked to Tower 5 route, Acacia Nature trails and Bushback observatory tower. It will be unfair not to mentioned the great view I had of a group of endagred De Brazza monkey and the curious looking Colobus Monkey. It is indeed a great place to spend a weekend and as for birders and Twitchers, it is a must visit place.

Below is the list of birds I observed:

Bird List for Saiwa Swamp National Park seen on 28th to 30th October 2011

  1. Long-tailed Cormorant
  2. Little Bittern
  3. Goliath Heron
  4. Grey Heron
  5. Yellow-billed StorkYellow-Billed Stork
  6. Hamerkop
  7. Sacred Ibis
  8. Hadada Ibis
  9. Yellow-billed Duck
  10. Great Sparrow hawk
  11. African Hawk-Eagle
  12. Long-crested Eagle
  13. Grey-crowned CraneGrey-crowned Crane
  14. Spur-winged Lapwing
  15. Common Sandpiper
  16. Blue-spotted wood-Dove
  17. Tambourine Dove
  18. Ring-necked Dove
  19. Ross’s Turaco
  20. Black-and-white Cuckoo
  21. African Cuckoo
  22. Klaa’s  Cuckoo
  23. African Emerald Cuckoo
  24. Blue-headed Coucal
  25. Woodland Kingfisher
  26. Malachite Kingfisher
  27. Lilac-breasted Roller
  28. Crowned Hornbill
  29. Yellow-rumped  Tinkerbird
  30. Lesser Honeyguide
  31. Cape Wagtail
  32. African pied Wagtail
  33. Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  34. Cabanis’s Greenbul
  35. White-headed Saw-wing
  36. White-starred Robin
  37. Grey-winged Robin-Chat
  38. African Thrush
  39. Little Rush Warbler
  40. Cinnamon Bracken Warbler
  41. Chubb’s Cisticola
  42. Tawny-flanked Prinia
  43. Grey-capped Warbler
  44. Grey-backed Camaroptera
  45. Black-collared Apalis
  46. African Dusky Flycatcher
  47. Swamp Flycatcher
  48. Black-throated Wattle-eye
  49. African Paradise-flycatcher
  50. Yellow White-eye
  51. Green-headed Sunbird
  52. Northern Double-collared Sunbird
  53. Green-throated Sunbird
  54. Ludhers’s Bush-shrike
  55. Pringle’s Puffback
  56. Marsh Tchagra
  57. Forked-tailed Drongo
  58. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  59. Lesser Blue-eared Starling
  60. Grey-headed Sparrow
  61. Grosbeak Weaver
  62. Northern Brown-throated Weaver
  63. Fan-tailed Widowbird
  64. Yellow-mantled Widowbird
  65. Black-bellied Firefinch
  66. African Firefinch
  67. Common Waxbill
  68. Black-crowned Waxbill
  69. Pin-tailed Whydah
  70. Thick-billed Seedeater
Birding in Saiwa Swamp
Birding from Tree Top House in Saiwa Swamp National Park