Amboseli National Park – Birds

One of the many reasons we were keen on travel to Africa was to see these beautiful birds. What a fabulous experience to be so close to these beautiful flamingo. They were not scared but just continued puddling around whle we watched.

We watched them for ages. They put their beaks/heads in the water and then move around in circles puddling the water to stir up the mud. It looked like a dance, and they were all doing the same thing! Maybe it could be a new dance craze?

This is only a small area of the lake where the flamingo were. As you can see by the horizon line, they just went on and on. We were lucky to see them there as apparently when they have had enough, they just take off. We rushed out again the following morning, so pleased they were still there.

These are the funniest looking birds. They stand over a metre tall and are very elegant, walking as tho they are on a mission to get the photocopying done, with their flash hairstyles, pants and coat. It is a bird of prey and eats snakes by stomping on them and then throwing them in the air before pecking it to death.

One of these guys has had a run in with something. Note the big hole in his throat pouch..

This was taken from the top of the look out and was a distant photo. Not sure if the damaged pelican was in this mob. They travel in a v to reduce drag for the group. They are monogamous but like to be in flocks for safety.

Grey crowned crane is Uganda’s national bird. Some tribal groups used the crowns for their own headdress for ceremonies. Unfortunately the species is declining.

Grey heron is about a metre tall but very light. (about 2kg) and breed in Africa but can migrate as far as Japan.

We parked the landrover and shut it down to watch the wildlife and these plovers started about 200metres away and just got closer and closer, bobbing up and down through the grass, checking us out until they were right next to us. The crowned lapwing on the right .

These long legged white egrets are the same ones often seen on the backs or hanging around with the elephants. I guess it saves them digging too deep if the elephants stir up the mud for them.

Running away from us, this group are juveniles and probably females. The males are usually alone, have really red legs and are much bigger. See below pic. They are really fast and can cover up to 5m in a step. They only have 2 toes.

Looking out over the savannah from the highest point.

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