Birds of Nairobi

She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing β€œyes” in the sky.
— Monique Duval

I convinced my friend Susan to go on a bird-watching day in Nairobi which I thought would be a pleasant walk around the National Museum. Little did we know we were heading for a full day adventure to Thika Ponds. It ended up being a lovely journey where we met some amazing locals and expats and built a new network of friends. These events are held every month and led by a lovely British woman Fleur, an extremely knowledgeable bird-watcher with over 40 years experience in Nairobi. The purpose of these events is to count the number of bird species which are then reported nationally and internationally. This method of conservation keeps count of how bird patterns shift with climate change and other factors. Here's my favourite photos from the day with (most of the) descriptions of what the bird species is. Enjoy!


Hamerkop

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Sacred Ibis

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Hadada Ibis

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Grey Heron

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Grey Plover

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Starlings

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Black-Winged Stilt

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These beautiful blue birds were my favourite but definitely the hardest to snap due to their fast flying speeds. And unforunately I can't remember their name....can anyone help??

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White-Winged Tern

The most graceful of them. These were definitely my favourite birds to snap photos of. It was a bit sad watching them feed from the algae littered with garbage. A reminder that the garbage we throw away doesn't just disappear, it is picked up by animals who get sick from it.

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Unknowns

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