529 sp. Birds & Counting…….

Photos by WILL KNOCKER:

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Brian Finch the NNP afficianado & bird expert has just identified the 529th sp. of bird for NNP.

Above a Crowned eagle with it’s leopard-like talons…..

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Kori bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird…..

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Marabou stork which breeds in the city centre & feeds at the city rubbish dump…..

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Malachite kingfisher on the Empakasi river….

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The park is a major breeding area for Crowned cranes….

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Great white pelicans pass through from time to time……..

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Hamerkop- a frog-eater, in it’s element……

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There are currently large numbers of Helmeted guineafowl in the park after a successful breeding year: food for Martial eagles (2 pairs at least in the park: see next post………)

Ostrich Boom

Photos by DAVE McKELVIE:

It is said that Nairobi National Park  contains the world’s densest population of wild ostrich.

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Certainly this classic savannah park is primo ostrich habitat!

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This year, dry conditions during the nesting period (July,August,September)ensured excellent survival rates for young ostrich.

Despite high mortality amongst young chicks (all predatory birds & mammals enjoy them if they can evade the parents) we have several large broods of half grown chicks in the park:keeping that density statistic up to scratch!!

Black rhinos breeding well in NNP

Photographs courtesy of Patrick Bourgeix:

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Despite the bad news coming out of South Africa in particular & stories of an upsurge in rhino & elephant poaching in Kenya, here in the Nairobi Park, a long-time sanctuary for the East African sub-species of Black (Browse) rhino –micheallii– things are going well & here are photographs to prove it!

Above a cow & calf in the lower Kisembe valley….

There are at least 60 Black rhinos in NNP  & 11 Northern White (Grass) rhinos translocated in from Lake Nakuru Park.

Below cow & calf on plain below Impala Observation Point….

Just 2 of the many calves in the park, spelling out a bright future for this wondrous species.

If you live in Nairobi, come out to visit NNP: USE IT OR LOSE IT!!

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Ujonjo Alive & Pissing…..

Photos by SEAN AVERY:

The Averys & I went down to Athi Basin on sunday morning & had a splendid run, including meeting the 2 dominant males consorting with a single lioness.

Further down the road, who should we meet but UJONJO, feared dead or missing (see previous posts) after a lacerating experience with his own sons…….

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We could tell it was he by the (healed) scars on his face after his (lost) fight for dominance with his younger fitter oedipal sons…

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He seems to have moved further east in  the park & was busy doing what male lions do best: patrolling his territory & marking it with his own inimitable scent….

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Exhibiting flehmen & drawing odorous hormones through his nose….was this his own scent or that of a passing female (this is how many large mammals test to see if females are on heat…)

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UJONJo was here……….OK????