Kenya post 2 – Day 18

Due to my GCSE exams, I had an especially long summer holiday this year and my family and I decided to take full advantage of this by going to Tanzania for three weeks, Madagascar for 4 weeks, and with a three-week school trip to Kenya wedged between them. I had one day of birding at the beginning and end of my school trip to Kenya.

Day 18 – 5 August 2018

Our bird guide, Moses Kandie (kandyrop@yahoo.com) had guided us around Kenya in 2014. Funnily enough, I saw my 4,000th bird in the world with him on my first morning of birding in Kenya. It was good to see him again. He was a great guide, which was why we were birding with him again.

This morning Moses and my parents picked me up from the Nairobi YMCA at 7.30 am. It was sad to say goodbye to all my friends, having had a really great time in Kisii and Masai Mara getting to know the communities there.

Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig in Kisii, Kenya with Chew Valley School
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We birded in Nairobi National Park, which is just on the outskirts of the city. It was strange looking out on the savannah and seeing skyscrapers in the background, but I really love it.  This was the third time I had birded here.

The new bird for the morning was Striped Crake, which was a fantastic bonus. Moses had told us that he did not even have a reliable site for this.

We also saw a Saddlebilled Stork, which was new for this trip. A Black-backed Jackal did try it’s luck, but didn’t get far!

 

Saddlebilled Stork, Nairobi NP, Kenya
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Saddle-billed Stork, Nairobi NP, Kenya
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Black-backed Jackal, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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White-winged Widowbird, Nairobi NP, Kenya
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Gabar Goshawk dark morph, Nairobi NP, Kenya
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Lesser Swamp Warbler, Nairobi NP, Kenya
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Grey-crowned Cranes, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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Trip list Kenya – 80

New birds Kenya – 4World List – 4835

Topi, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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Giraffe, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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We had seen the site where the government has burnt stashes of ivory in 2012. There had been another burning since we last visited, on 30 April 2016, with over 105 tons of ivory destroyed which amounted to the tusks of 6,000 elephants and worth 68 million pounds. I agree with them that any kind trade in ivory creates a market for it and leads to more poaching. We must stop governments around the world going back on this promise.

Ivory Burning Memorial, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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Burnt ivory, Ivory Burning Memorial, Nairobi National Park, Kenya
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We then went to Nairobi Airport for our evening flight to Madagascar.

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