Python at Silole

By Will Knocker:


Yesterday an excited Kumbu, my neighbour’s child, came to call me to see a rare sight: a python!


It had caught an adult hare & swallowed it in record time (must have been hungry!) This snake was 5 foot long, so a hare was mighty big for it!


We have a plague of Bush hyrax at Silole (& obviously not enough predators) & pythons are often killed on sight, so to me at least, this snake is very welcome….


Having put back it’s dislocated jaw (the only way to swallow such large prey) it slithered off to find a resting place, where it  will hide & digest for the next month or two….that is one Big Meal!

A Day in the Park 17th Jan

By Will Knocker:


I was woken up by this Variable Sunbird (male of course) fighting with himself in my bedroom window…..


And at Main Gate, my guest Jess & I got caught up in the early morning circus: 2 male lions rubbing themselves in a buffalo pat!


The 2 males: looking thin: c’mon guys, you are supposed to be Super Predators & the Park is full of Prey!


A Blacksmith plover….


Kanga……Guinea-fowl have done well this year, with many grown chicks evident….


Chandler’s Mountain reedbuck in the Sosian valley….


A Yellowneck spurfowl with a runny beak….


And 2 African spoonbills………spoooning…….


Athi Dam megacroc getting some dirty looks…..


Lone bushbuck……(called Abu Naba in Arabic…any Arabic speakers out there?)


As Jess said “wall-to-wall” zebras in the Athi Basin, where wildlike is concentrated at present….


Upupa epops, the African hoopoe…what a lovely bird!


And to end a splendid day in the incomparable NNP: a monitor lizard at Nangolomon Dam (it should be Narok Omom): “Black Head” in Maa, referring to the Langata forest…..


Burrakenge !

By Will Knocker:

NNP is home to a myriad forms of life, including reptiles…

This is a Nile monitor lizard, common along the rivers & near the dams & wetlands in the Park…

Monitors belong to the family which are the largest lizards in the world, such as the Komodo dragon & the goannas of Australia..

Not to be confused with the Saurians…crocodiles & alligators….

For comparison, here is a Savannah monitor, the other sp. to be found in Kenya, but not recorded, to my knowledge in NNP.