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Birds of the Safari Rally

Birds of the Safari Rally

I spotted these birds at the just concluded KCB Safari Rally. I arrived at the Parane Spectator Stage quite early and was taking a walk around, looking for places to position myself as the cars came by when I saw these lovlies. I have no clue what breed they are, but I know they aren’t chicken. If you know what they are, please educate me.

Thanks.

UPDATE

These are bee-eaters, Merops pusillus. Thanks Jake Grieves-Cook!

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/6.3, ISO 320

Rift Valley Birds

Rift Valley Birds

Kenya’s been blessed with amazingly beautiful birds. There’s over 1,100 different species within our borders, not including the Kenchic variety.

Here are some of the ones I spotted on a tour of Lakes Naivasha, Nakuru, Baringo and Bogoria in April 2012.

Canon 60D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/5000sec at f/4.5, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 390mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/7.1, ISO 320

Canon 60D. 190mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/200sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 120mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 200

Canon 60D. 320mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2500sec at f/5.6, ISO 500

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/6.3, ISO 500

Canon 60D. 320mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Lake Nakuru Zebras

Lake Nakuru Zebras

Nothing really special about today’s post.

Apart from the fact that one of the zebras we saw while at Lake Nakuru had spots on its stripes.

Gives the phrase ‘I spotted a zebra’ a whole new meaning.

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/500sec at f/7.1, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 380mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/8.0, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 310mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/400sec at f/8.0, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 400mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/5.6, ISO 250

Canon 60D. 200mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1250sec at f/8.0, ISO 800

Lake Bogoria Dust Storm

Lake Bogoria Dust Storm

Lake Bogoria is hot! And its not just because of the hot springs. Here, the sun is served as dry fry.

Despite heavenly showers 20km north at Lake Baringo where we were camped during #TourDeRift, we encountered a choking dust storm on our visit to Lake Bogoria. Maybe the sun had fast-dried the previous night’s rain, leaving the bare brown soil at the mercies of the howling wind. Standing boldly and braving the storm was this lonely tree, resilient and unshaken, having survived countless dust storms before.

It was the first time I was in a dust storm. Unlike the tree, I quickly retaliated into the protection of our Landrover Defender which lived up to its name.

Canon 60D. 100mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 125

Canon 7D. 33mm (EF 17-40mm f/4L USM) 1/500sec at f/13, ISO 320

 

 

 

Lake Nakuru Egret

Lake Nakuru Egret

Lake Nakuru is a great place to watch wildlife. From lions to buffaloes, flamingoes to giraffe, Lake Nakuru has it all. The lions can be elusive though, just like in my trip there in April 2012.

The birds on the other hand aren’t shy. I spotted so many, most of which I don’t know by name. I need to learn their names, and soon.

A good spotting was this egret which I got to snap as it took off from the shores of Lake Nakuru.

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/800sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Canon 60D. 365mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

Lake Naivasha Kingfisher

I took a break from normal work last week and accompanied Team Inflatables on a cycling expedition that took them from Nairobi to Iten via Naivasha, Nakuru and Baringo. I was providing support and taking photos, not cycling.

While in Naivasha, I got to photograph this Kingfisher doing what it does best, and it got me super excited. I ended up taking many more photos of birds of the Rift Valley which I’ll share in another post later this week.

Enjoy this one while the others are cooking.

Canon 60D. 275mm (EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/2000sec at f/5.6, ISO 320

Take 5: Wrong Way Down

Take 5: Wrong Way Down

In September 2009, I hooked up with Ich, Makumi and Fady and we set off for Tiwi in South Coast, via Amboseli and Tsavo. Hence the name of the trip ‘Wrong Way Down’. I promise it has no reference to a popular biking trip of two British guys across Africa. I promise.

After an almost 3-year break, I’m itching to shoot wildlife again.

I see myself being commissioned by NatGeo and other top publications to cover wildlife stories in Africa because as Africans, I believe we should capture our continent better than photographers from other continents. So help us God.

Canon 40D. 390mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 320mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/125sec at f/5.6, ISO 800

Canon 40D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/250sec at f/5.6, ISO 200

Canon 40D. 260mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/8000sec at f/10, ISO 800

Canon 40D. 400mm (100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) 1/100sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

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