|suspected Gambaga Flycatcher|
Though we are in the mountains it is the dustiest place to date. The roads are covered with inches of fine, clay dust that hang much longer than the dust in the Masai Mara. Though the roads are graded they are washboard-ridged to the point that the entire van shakes like hell while we drive. Not the most pleasant 25 minute drive to the park.
|Eastern Chanting Goshawk|
|African Pied Wagtail|
Elephants. This herd had a fresh baby so the adults were agitated as they crossed the road in front of us. A Von Der Decken's Hornbill gave me few pics from the van while we waited for the elephant troop to pass.
Ol Dukai Lodge, which had been abandoned years ago. Now it is home to dozens of Olive Baboons, which were all over the place. We stopped to photograph those with cute little babies.
hippo stop, so we drove across a barren wasteland to the airstrip to use the restrooms. Dust devils were popping up everywhere, so it was surprising to see Zebra and Wildebeest in the area. We even saw another herd of Elephant. Outside the building the parking lot played host to Red-rumped Swallows and tiny flocks of Fisher's Sparrow-Larks, which closely resemble House Sparrows.
|Saddle-billed Stork (male)|
Taveta Golden Weavers, mostly due to their bi-colored bills. Red-billed Quelea and Cardinal Quelea were also scatted among the scrub bushes lining the road. More Fisher's Sparrow-Larks also appeared on the top, as well as another Eastern Chanting Goshawk. An African Silverbill made a very brief appearance, but flew off before I could get a better photograph.
|Fisher's Sparrow Lark, juvenile|
|The view from Observation Hill|
|one Superb Starling|
|Little Bee Eater|
White-bellied Go-away Birds before settling down to lunch.
|Northern Black Flycatcher|
unexpected cattle stop). Once inside the gates we we treated to a group of Rothschild's Giraffes in the late afternoon sun. It was especially nice since the skies had cleared to reveal Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory!
But we were after Elephants, so Andrew suggested turning right at the first possible chance to take the road down into a marshy area to see the elephants and birds. As we drove it became apparent that we were not on the right road. We had barren scrub on either side of the road. I didn't mind until I saw what looked like a large hawk on a bush up ahead. It turned out to be a small bird on a clump of leaves at the end of the branch, so I told Charles to continue on. No sooner did we pass it did I realize I just missed a Pygmy Falcon!
ar out in the open grassland several hundreds of meters away. No sooner did Charles turn off the van that the entire herd turned our way and started running! Big old elephants and tiny little babies were now kicking up dust and heading in our direction.
|another Eastern Chanting Goshawk|
Spotted Hyenas that were rooting around in a large bush. While stopped I grabbed a quick few photos a small Double-banded Courser (also referred to as Two-banded Courser).
Once back at the lodge it was time for our farewell dinner. Guy arranged for Champagne to be brought to the table in honor of our last night in Kenya. Robin and I will be heading back to the States tomorrow while Guy, Andrew, Sandi and Deb continue their trip for another week. We toasted, expressed thanks, ate, and headed back to our rooms to pack. Great day!