I'm still sorting through my Kenya photos from the October safari.
I have so many and will eventually need to transfer them to my
portable drive to free up more storage here on the MacBook.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite bird photos, all taken with my
bridge Canon Power Shot SX530 HS point and shoot (the one which was just
repaired after the Thanksgiving gravy spill!). I did not carry the heavy DSLR
on the trip, and had not yet purchased the Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX400V
which I'm now using and enjoying immensely.
As well as capturing shots of the mostly beautiful birds captured here, I love
viewing their resting places and seeing how well some are camouflaged on
the ground. Vegetation in the Masai Mara area of Kenya is much different from
what we're used to, especially the often painful looking thorny branches many
birds seem to pick for preening, mating, singing a song, or searching for the next meal.
Bataleur Eagle Pair
African Fish Eagle
Yellow-billed Stork family
Although on the ground here, these huge 5 foot tall, 20 pound birds are often
perched motionless on tree tops, silhouetted against the sky. Prevalent in
the city of Nairobi, and nicknamed the 'undertaker bird', they appear quite
terrifying on rooftops. They are scavengers and known to live off human
garbage and will devour anything from waste tips and slum areas.
They are called "one of the ugliest creatures of the world".
All I can say is that I'm glad they're not in my garden.
Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill