Planes, Buses, Birds and Dikdiks

An eventful first day – A 4pm check-in for a flight at 7, lasting almost 8 hours Off the plane at 5am local time and onto the minibuses, with a quick break to freshen up and do some birdwatching.

The airport sported populations of House Sparrows and Rock Martins, as well as the Cattle Egrets running around outside and a Black Kite which flew past several times. Into the minibuses and off for another 10 hours of traveling, and despite the scenery there was a lot of sleeping to be done. A highlight of this trip was a very unusual Indigobird, which appears to be a piebald mix of male and female feathers.

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(my apologies for the quality but I was taking this down a pair of binoculars)

Arriving at Samburu, we took the scenic route to the lodge for an hour and a half of afternoon safari, encountering, among others, Grant’s Gazelles, Gerunuk, Impala, Oryx, Superb Starlings, Zebra, Hornbills and a large number of Dikdik. oryx srarling

Once we reached the lodge, several of us jumped directly into the pool, and the rest went to lie down until dinner. Dinner included a surprise guest in the form of a Large-Spotted Genet.

With a morning safari start at 6:30, we ended the day on an early night. Day two dawned extremely early, but we managed to drag ourselves out and into the minivans for 2 and a half hours of early morning safari before breakfast, then sat down for lunch and academic discussion before returning to the safari trail in the afternoon. Stars of the show this time were Elephants, Reticulated Giraffes, a Crocodile, and several Leopards, as well as over 100 species of bird and even more Dikdiks.

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Back at the lodge, dinner was followed by a scorpion hunt that yielded absolutely nothing, a pub quiz, and then we were off to relax, ready to leave for Mt. Kenya in the morning.

eu211    January 9th, 2016    Kenya archive    , ,