Photos by DAVE MCKELVIE:
Portrait of a fallen King: poor old Ujonjo ran into a coalition of 2 other males (very likely his own sons) & this is the result…
Poor old chap: adult male lions have about 7 years to reach maturity, carve out a territory (& mating rights over the females within it) & other user’s rights, until somebody stronger & meaner comes along ….
Sounds like a leonine Oedipus complex, right??
Ujonjo, deposed, came out the worse for wear in the fight for dominance & has a lonely & dangerous future ahead of him: his newly dominant sons will quite likely kill him if they find him in their territory…..
One of the ‘new boys’ or The Punk Wot Did It………
Nairobi National Park is ostrich country; it boasts the densest population of wild Masai Ostrich anywhere…..
I recently came across the dead bodies of these 2 young ostrich chicks, newly hatched.
A sad sight, although one knows mortality amongst young ostrich chicks are very high.
Hatching clutches of eggs seems to have been delayed this year & although dry it is perhaps a good thing that violent & cold thunderstorms are not wreaking havoc on the many new ostrich chicks in NNP
Further along the track I came across (perhaps) the rest of the family…..no less than 32 chicks, with 2 hens & a cock…..
A hen in a typical courting, or in this case, protecting posture, with wings hanging limply
Some of the 32 survivors & let’s hope many will survive to adulthood to have many chicks of their own!
Nairobi National Park is home to over 500 species of birds owing to its rich diversity of habitats.
Here are pics of some of them:
Giant kingfisher, found along the Empakasi River
Great spotted cuckoo: a seasonal migrant
Long-tailed glossy starling, found in the Athi Basin
Black duck , uncommon in the semi-permanent & permanent rivers in the park
Unidentified raptor………..any birders????
Avocet spooning in the Athi dam
Yellow billed oxpeckers
Scarlet chested sunbird on aloe
Ruppell’s griffon vulture
Black stork in the spillway of the Olomanyi dam
Migratory white storks, all the way from Europe!!