Birds of Kenya

I still have absolutely zero interest in photographing birds when I’m at home, but in Africa they are often brightly coloured, pretty, or very very big!

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And one of my favourites – the lilac breasted roller.  

 

Lilac Breasted Roller
Lilac Breasted Roller

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Whilst in Kenya I saw more Eagles in two weeks than I have in the rest of my years put together!

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And then there are the ugly ones!  The marabou stork and the vulture.   When on safari, most people want to see The Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.  The reason for the Big 5 name is that these five animals were the hardest to shoot by big-game hunters as they are particularly ferocious when cornered and injured.  Tour operators and guides have picked up the phrase and used it as a marketing term and it very cleverly it has stuck. However, there is also an Ugly 5 –  hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork.maasai-40

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