Robin then came out and spotted another gorgeous sunbird that proved to be a Bronze Sunbird! It was a bit difficult to identify, as all I could make out was the iridescent green head and black chest. But a closer look showed tail streamers that helped ID it.
We then went inside and met with our traveling companions: Sandra Kitt, Guy St. Clair, Andrew Berner, and Deborah Tibenski. A short walk across the street took us to the Village Market, which is an open-air mall with upscale shops, banks and restaurants. While photographing some of the flowers in the courtyard I was stopped by a young man informing us that photography was not allowed in the mall. Too bad, since a pair of Black Kites and a Pied Crow were soaring right over our heads! I photographed them, anyway. After a quick ATM stop we headed back to meet with our new friend and driver Charles Ombongi Masese. While Charles, Sandi and Guy discussed plans, Deb, Andrew and Robin patiently waited to head back to the Village Market. The plan was to drive back to the market and pay the balance of our lodging fees, then head off to the National Museum of Kenya.
I retuned to the yard and found it quiet during mid- afternoon, but got some nice pics of a flyby Black Kite, and a pair of Baglafecht Weavers. They were difficult to ID since there are so many yellow and black weavers in East Africa, but there are few black mantled weavers in this region.
We then packed for our Masai Mara trip tomorrow. Our goal was to leave the large suitcase behind so that there will be enough room in the van for the seven of us and luggage. Last night we were packed like sardines with only six passengers and all the airport luggage. With a five hour drive and an extra person we will need fewer bags. Since we'll be returning here on Saturday the Guest House agreed to hold any luggage we leave behind.
Village Villa Guest House, Nairobi, Kenya
African Pied Wagtail