Elephant Memorial. In 1989 the President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, in front of the entire world, burnt all the confiscated ivory that had been illegally obtained, showing the world that such crimes against nature cannot be tolerated, even for religious, economic, or superstitious reasons. A small memorial statue (2) (3) (4) (5) was built to commemorate the country's commitment to protect its natural resources. For good or bad there is a 'shoot to kill' policy against suspected poachers. Sadly, the crimes continue, with 2013 being particularly deadly with hundreds of elephants and endangered Black Rhinos the victim of the ivory trade.
Black-shouldered Kites were hovering over the field behind us. We drove past a singing Yellow-necked Spurfowl atop a bush. And I'm guessing that this is a Rufous-naped Lark, one of many, many small brown jobs were passed along our journeys.
two females and a cub. They posed beautifully in the morning light. Blacksmith and Crowned Plovers were found next to shore of the tiny marsh, which held a family of African Black Duck (the adult would not surface while we were there...).
Olive Baboons were snoozing in the late morning sun, and we stopped just briefly to grab a few photos. A Rock Hyrax provided a perfect late-morning pose for the camera.
|White-browed Scrub Robin|
|Red-cheeked Cordonbleu (female)|
|ID Help Needed!|
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trusts' Orphans' Project) is a refuge for those youngsters who's parents were victims of poaching. As crowds gathered the baby elephants delighted in the hot morning sun. I took refuge in the shade and looked for birds. A tiny Thompson's Gazelle was sleeping on the deck of one building, while overhead an (unidentified) olive-backed warbler with a yellow throat, white belly, long tail, gray head and a black chest spot foraged.
|They love clay baths!|
|Sandi and Guy|
Tamambo Coffee House for lunch. Beautiful place with gardens and terrace, we ordered dessert just to stay longer. Folks were joking that the chocolate Concorde that I had ordered had cookies shaped just like the giraffe pellets people were given to feed the giraffes. We had also passed by a local painter, who had several stunning paintings on display while he worked on a new piece. This was my favorite!
|painting by J. Wanderer (2013)|
Kazuri Bead Shop, which gave me a chance to relax in the shade while Robin bartered for a necklace. It was good to see Charles walking around with the extra Kowa binoculars I brought.
With beads bought we made one last stop at a roadside curio shop. I stayed outside, watching the van and a small garden plot filled with Bronzed Mannikins, Red-billed Firefinches, Purple Grenadiers, Rufous Sparrows, White-bellied Canaries and Streaked Seedeaters. The highlight was a small flock of Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters and both White-browed and Cape Robin-Chats. Another Black-throated Barbet made an appearance, and I never had to move a step! Too bad I left the camera in the van...
With shopping done we drove back to Nairobi, enjoyed a nice evening rain shower, a short dinner and an early evening.