From the roadside I am able to I'd many of the birds that frustrated me a week ago on the way to the Masai Mara, and am even able to add numerous Cape Rook and a Cattle Egret. I even spotted an Anteater Chat based on the white wrist patches I saw in flight that separate it from the similar looking Sooty Chat that has the white on the tertials.
We just passed a Long-crested Eagle, all brown with a crest on its head! A Km later we passed an Auger Buzzard landing in a tree (the red tail cinched ID).
Lake Nakuru, the first thing we noticed was the extremely high water levels. Lake Nakuru is home to millions of Lesser Flamingos and was a highlight scene in Out of Africa. Charles had been hearing that the water levels were forcing the flamingos elsewhere, so we didn't have high expectations. However, there were still plenty of birds to see!
and Great Egrets. Little Grebes were as numerous as Pied-billed Grebes are at Pt. Mouillee. Sacred Ibis were also plentiful along the shoreline. Superb Starlings were found in the parking lot.
|Eland w/ Red-billed Oxpeckers|
|Blacksmith Plover (Lapwing)|
|Great White Pelicans in flight|
|Sacred Ibis in flight|
|Little Grebe in a big pond|
Greater Flamingos along the shoreline. They were too far to photograph, but it was nice to see them. We then had great looks at an African Fish Eagle!
Along the shoreline a colony of Whiskered Terns were roosting near another hundred flamingos, a pair of Glossy Ibis, and a single Black Heron. We finally drove out, leaving behind a small covey of Helmeted Guineyfowl.
Driving back into the city of Nakuru we stopped at a nice hotel where Guy once stayed, and had a nice poolside lunch while Charles took the van to get serviced. He was gone for only a half hour when he announced that we had a new van! The body shop put it on a hoist and re- tightened everything. We joked that the roads to Masai Mara would now feel smooth enough to be paved.
Menengai Crater Forest Preserve, a large hilltop with gorgeous views of the valley below. The drive uphill was interesting, with smiling children on either side of the road that contained beautiful gardens and villas, and some of the most decrepit dwellings on the trip. I so wanted to take some pics of the people and buildings, but found the thought of it intrusive. So I looked for birds, finding a nice Whinchat near the summit.