Magnificent Male Lions of NNP

By Will Knocker:

Yesterday I found these two magnificent male lions not far from home….looking intently into the distance & roaring softly to themselves:they were agitated…..

Soon they trotted off through the grass…..

Where THIS male was awaiting them….

And his young buddy (Micheal Mbithi please ID)…….

Males mark territory……

And wait for the Opposition….

The cause of the Rumpus: a female on heat….

But she is otherwise engaged….

With the Current Lion king (dig the mohawk!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranes of NNP

By Will Knocker:

The Grey Crowned Crane is one of Africa’s iconic birds…

In NNP, we are lucky to have many of these fabulous birds..

Each wetland -& there are may dams, swamps & seasonal pans in the park, is a potential breeding spot for a pair of cranes….

This is a gravel-pit dug by KWS as part of road maintenance in the park, now part of NNP’s many & varied habitats….

In these days when so many fabulous forms of life are endangered because they have NOWHERE TO LIVE, NNP remains an oasis……..

In the wet season, cranes pair up, but in the dry they can be found in quite large flocks on the plains…..

A young bird: this years exceptionally good rains has meant that many pairs of cranes have raised 2 chicks each!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Crowned_Crane

Funky Francolin

By Will Knocker:

Nairobi National Park ┬áis a paradise for birds & one of the commonest ‘game birds’ is the Crested Francolin, whose raucous repetitive call is the sound track to drylands such as in the Athi Basin….

I never knew that these birds were so very maridadi…….

But they are……