Black bellied bustard

The word bustard (from the French word bistard) has its origin in the Latin words avis tarda meaning “slow bird”.These birds have distinctive long legs and necks which enable them to see over tall grass.
Taken at Amboseli National park, Kenya

Lake Bogoria- A natural home for birds

One of the most interesting, yet the least visited lakes in Kenya is Lake Bogoria . Formerly known as Lake Hannington, this is one of the most beautiful of the Rift Valley lakes. Lake Bogoria is around 250 kms from Nairobi. It is a saline, alkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region in a half- graben basin south of Lake Baringo, a little north of the equator. It was established as a National reserve in 1983.

There are geo thermal activities in the form of hot springs and geysers located on the western shore. Lake Bogoria is well known for its hot springs. They erupt at intervals of 3 minutes and go as high as 5 feet.

The flamingoes, for some curious reason- possibly chemical- tend to flock in their greatest numbers to the shallows on the western shore, where the hot springs flow into the lake( they appear immune to the heat). The Bogoria fish eagles have made a gruesome adjustment to their fierce, fishless environment: they prey on flamingoes!

The attraction of the lake apart from its scenic magnificence is the opportunity to see tens of thousands of greater and lesser flamingoes and the multitude of other water birds.

Game is far from plentiful but strangely this is the most likely place where visitors can photograph – a greater Kudu in Kenya. This is a mighty animal with its splendid spiraling horns. This park is also home to leopards, klipspringer and caracal to name a few.

Flamingo in flight

Flamingo in flight

Lake Bogoria: A natural home for birds

IMG_8330For bird lovers, one can take a bird walk near Kesubo Swamp, north of the park, which is a fascinating area with over 200 recorded species of birds.