Birds of Africa wot I have shot….

on my camera! (and Harvey contributed one as well!!)

One of the delights of being here in Kenya is the beauty of the wildlife. Due to the nature of where we are most animals near here are domesticted ones. However, the birds are another thing. There are so many of them and so varied. So many large hawks flying around (sorry no pictures of them!).

Quite a few beautiful birds I haven’t caught on camera or are not great but I thought I would share a selection of them here. I have no idea what many of them are so if you know please do tell us! I am certainly no twitcher and I don’t have the patience to wait for an hour or two to get particular birds but it has been nice to film them – and there are several occassions when either I fumbled for my camera or they moved before I could take a picture of them.


7 comments on “Birds of Africa wot I have shot….

  1. Janet
    February 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    You did well with your photography. Your trip has been an inspiration to me. Seeing a side of Kenya that I have only read about. My experiences were much more luxurious than yours.

  2. Will Cookson
    February 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Janet, thank you so much. We have just finished our last chat with ou hosts – we’re up and off at 5am in the morning – but I must say it has been such an amazing experience and its been wonderful to have people like yourself following us and sharing in our thoughts and experiences.

    I’m hoping to get more videos up on Sunday / Monday when I get home – there is a great HIV/Aids awareness one that needs better internet connection upload as its quite large and many others. We also want to write a “bluffers guide to Kakamega”!

    Still, if we go out again – do come with us!

  3. Joan Hadlow
    February 27, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Never mind the birds wot you have shot……!!!!! What about the pets wot you have eaten!!!!!!!!!!
    Joan x

  4. Harvey Edser
    February 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Great photos Will! I can add one or two more (will be posting to Flickr). Have a look at Kenya Birds or Wikipedia’s List of birds of Kenya. Looks to me like you’ve got a Superb Starling, Marabou Stork, White Stork, African Pied Wagtail amongst others…

  5. Peter Tipping
    February 27, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Hi Will. You may remember me as Carol Pickerings dad. She asked me to look through you photos of birds-these are my best gueses.
    1090571 Maribou Stork
    589 Black Winged Stilts and Avocets
    590 Great White Pelican
    601 Greater Flamingo
    652 African Spoonbill
    653 Yellow Billed Storks
    699 African Sacred Ibis
    701 Blacksmith Lapwing
    702 Grey Heron
    726 Burchels Starling
    775 Mocking Cliff Chaff
    808 Saddle Billed Stork Grey Crowned Cranes Sacred Ibis
    0076 Marabou Stork
    0177 Robin Chat
    0180 Sombre Greenbull
    0356 Blue Waxbill
    0382 Red Billed Firefinch
    0385 Red Billed Firefinch
    7126 African Lapwing

    I’m reasonably confident with most of them but i only have a guide to South African birds so there could be regional variations. I hope the information is useful to you. I might see you at Easter when I’m next down at Carols. Cheers Peter

  6. Will Cookson
    February 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm #


    That is great and kind of you. As I said I’m not a twitcher but they did have some amazing birds there.

  7. Harvey Edser
    February 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Will, hope you’re settling back in okay!

    My other bird shots from Kenya are:

    * Marabou Stork
    * African Pied Wagtail
    * Weaver bird (of some sort)
    * Unidentified black bird
    * Black Kites (these were the ones we saw hundreds of)
    * Unidentified small birds – thought they might be some sort of Whydah but no idea really
    * Unidentified bird – I can’t work out if it’s some kind of owl or a Grey Parrot! It was in Kakamega Rainforest

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