The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

Photos by DAVE MCKELVIE:

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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…

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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 ….

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Sounds like a leonine Oedipus complex, right??

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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…..

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One of the ‘new boys’ or The Punk Wot Did It………

A Sad Story with a Happy Ending….

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.

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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

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Further along the track I came across (perhaps) the rest of the family…..no less than 32 chicks, with 2 hens & a cock…..

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A hen in a typical courting, or in this case, protecting posture, with wings hanging limply

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Some of the 32 survivors & let’s hope many will survive to adulthood to have many chicks of their own!

Birds of NNP

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:

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Giant kingfisher, found along the Empakasi River

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Great spotted cuckoo: a seasonal migrant

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Long-tailed glossy starling, found in the Athi Basin

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Black duck , uncommon in the semi-permanent & permanent rivers in the park

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Unidentified raptor………..any birders????

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Avocet spooning in the Athi dam

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Yellow billed oxpeckers

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Scarlet chested sunbird on aloe

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Masai ostrich

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Ruppell’s griffon vulture

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Black stork in the spillway of the Olomanyi dam

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African firefinch

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Migratory white storks, all the way from Europe!!