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Because there were so many birds and mammals they could not all easily fit on one website. Thus, I divided them into four sub-sites:
covers the birds A to K
this site: covers the birds L to Z while
covers the mammals and the lodges.
In addition to the many photos there were many videos of birds, mammals, insects and other items. Take your time to enjoy these at:
The last stop on our birding trip to Costa Rica was the Rancho Naturalista Lodge were I met Kevin Easley, who had set up the whole trip. I learned that his parents had been missionaries in Kenya for many years and he and his brother Steven, were experts on Kenya birds as well as Costa Rica birds. I also learned that because of this experience Kevin set up birding trips to Kenya that Steven guided in spectacular fashion. Thus, in June 2013, a full year ahead of time I reserved a place for the following June 2014 for 2 a week safari with Steven. On the web I learned of Tanzania Birding and also set up 2 weeks in Tanzania. That was guided by another excellent birder, Martin Joho. The respective talented drivers, Peter and Abdul were critical to each trip.
After a flight LAX to Amsterdam Sally and I met our son Scott and daughter Karen and her husband Tom. Unfortunately, my other son Mark, could not get away from business to join us. The next day we all flew into Nairobi to start the itinerary listed below. I have listed the Parks or Reserves, the lodging, and the birds photographed, a total of 340 different species. We saw more birds than those listed but remember my motto is that “if I have not photographed the bird I have not seen it.” I have included separate descriptions of the lodges many of which were outstanding. The food was equally great.
I have not individually listed the mammals in the sites below, since the may species – lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe, elephant, rhinoceros, African Buffalo, hippopotamus, Jackal, mongoose, Spotted Hyena and cheetah – tended to be found at most sites.
The camera I used was a Sony alpha 77 with a 70 to 400 mm telephoto lens. By pressing a button it jumped to 800 mm (without the massive increase in weight of the longer lenses). It also required only a simple button press to leap into video with a through the viewfinder sighting. This avoided the problems of sunlight reflecting on the LED screen.
In addition to myself there three others were taking photographs – Sally, Karen and Scott. I have the camera with the longest lens and focused on the bird and wildlife photographs. Sally had a Sony alpha 55 with an 18 to 250 mm lens, Karen had a Canon Ti with a 200 mm L Canon lens with a 1.4x expander. Scott had a Canon Ti with a 15 to 80 mm lens. They all concentrated more on background, plant, insect, people and houses photos. When I used any of these photos they were credited with a Sa for Sally, Ka for Karen and Sc for Scott in the title of the photo.
If you are planning a birding trip to Africa and do a lot of bird photography, I recommend professionally cleaning the sensor before you leave. I have tried to clean my own censor with blowers and brushes with limited success. I was able to have it cleaned at Samy’s Camera for only $35.
Bird Books and Apps. I found the book Birds of East African by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe to be excellent. One of the things that made it so good was that the range maps were on the same page as the bird figures and descriptions. The other book, Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Dale Zimmerman, Donald Turner and David Pearson is also excellent but the range maps are separate from the figures. Finally I recommend getting the E Africa Birds app. This will provide you with the songs for all the birds. This website will alert you to the birds most commonly seen and give you a chance to review their appearance and songs on this app.
Remember, on this webste, click on the bird name of interest. There will be between one and 15 photographs of that bird. To see the photos enlarged click on them and go to the next using the Next button. When there are three or more of the same type of bird they are in a capitalized FOLDER. Click to open. There will be a description of that group of birds and a list of the different species in that group. The ones on this and other parts of the ComingsBirds.com website are highlighted in red.
Finally, an acknowledgement of Wikipedia for the source of much of the bird information.
June 14: Nairobi National Park.
Lodging: Hotel Boulevard
Birds photographed: Northern Pied Babbler, Little Bee-eater, Hartlaub’s Bustard, Augur Buzzard, Brimstone Canary, Cape Robin-Chat, Cinnamon Breasted Bunting, Singing Cistocola, Winding Cistocola, Didiric Cookoo, White-browed Coucal, Black Crake, Grey Crowned Crane, African Darter, Tawny Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Cattle Egret, Long-tailed Fiscal, African Grey Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Yellow-necked Francolin, Egyptian Goose, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, Purple Grenadier, Helmeted Guineafowl, Hammerkop, Grey Heron, Black-headed Heron, Sacred Ibis, Malachite Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Black-shouldered Kite, Blacksmith Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Long-toed Lapwing, Rufous-naped Lark, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Langani Longclaw, Pangani Longclaw, Common Moorhen, Blue-napped Mousebird, Ostrich, Speckled Pigeon, Kittlitz’s Plover, Three-banded Plover, Purple Swamphen, Secretary Bird, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Kenya Rufous Sparrow, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, African Spoonbill, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Marabou Stork, White-bellied Tit, African White-backed Vulture, Common Waxbill, Holub’s Golden Weaver, White-breasted White-eye, White-browed Scrub-Robin, White-winged Widowbird, Emerald Spotted Wood-Dove.
June 15: Lake Naivasha National Park
Lodging: Lake Naivasha Country Club with a boat ride on the lake.
Birds Photographed: Yellow Bishop, Blacksmith Lapwing, Tropical Boubou, Common Bulbul, Winding Cistocola, Trilling Cistocola, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Pied Crow, African Darter, Yellow-billed Duck, African Fish-Eagle, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Grey Heron, African Paradise-Flycatcher, African Dusky Flycatcher, Hadada Ibis, Sacred Ibis, African Jacana, Pied Kingfisher, Sharpe Longclaw, Black-winged Lapwing, Great White Pelican, White-crowned Robin-Chat, Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat, Cape Robin-Chat, Cape Rook, Streaky Seedeater, Rupppel’s Glossy Starling, Superb Starling, Common Stonechat, Variable Sunbird, Yellow-billed Stork, Red-billed Teal, African Thrush, Grey-capped Warbler, Spectacled Weaver, Pin-tailed Whydah, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Nubian Woodpecker.
June 16 -20: Masai Mara
Lodging: Mara Fig Tree, Mara Serena Lodge
Birds Photographed: Arrow Marked Babbler, Little Bee-eater, Tropical Boubou, Common Bulbul, Black-bellied Bustard, Kori Bustard, White-bellied Bustard, Augur Buzzard, Brimstone Canary, Yellow-fronted Canary, Northern Anteater Chat, Sooty Chat, Croaking Cisticola, Pectoral-patched Cisticola, Rattling Cisticola, Stout Cisticola, Winding Cisticola, Double-banded Courser, Somali Courser, Temminick’s Courser, Grey-crowned Crane, Ring-necked Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Knob-billed Duck, Long-crested Eagle, Martial Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Great Egret, Red-bellied Firefinch, Common Fiscal, Grey-backed Fiscal, African Grey Flycatcher, Red-necked Francolin, Purple Grenadier, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-headed Heron, Grey Heron, Southern Ground Hornbill, Hadada Ibis, Sacred Ibis, Common Kestral, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Woodland Kingfisher, African Wattled Lapwing, Black-winged Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Red-capped Lark, Rufous-napped Lark, Singing Bush Lark, Speckled Mousebird, Ostrich, Oxpecker, Yellow-spotted Petronia, African Pipit, Buffy Pipit, Kittlitz’s Plover, Three-banded Plover, Lilac-breasted Roller, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Magpie Shrike, Norther White-crowned Shrike, Silverbird, Banded Snake-Eagle, Black-breasted Snake-Eagle, Grey-capped Social Weaver, Parrot-billed Sparrow, Swahili Sparrow, Red-necked Spurfowl, Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Superb Starling, Wattled Starling, Marabou Stork, White Stork, Lesser Striped Swallow, Rufous-chested Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Little Swift, Water Thick-knee, African White-backed Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Rappell’s Griffon Vulture, African Pied Wagtail, Common Waxbill, Baglefecht Weaver, Parasitic Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Capped Wheatear, Long-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird.
June 21- 22 Lake Nakuru Nature Preserve
Lodging: Lion Hill Sarova
Birds Photographed: White-fronted Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Yellow Bishop, Tropical Boubou, Augur Buzzard, Green-backed Camaroptera, Cliff Chat, Norther Anteater Chat, Rattling Cisticola, Red-knobbed Coot, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, Grey Crowned Crane, Pied Crow, Red-necked Dove, Laughing Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Fish Eagle, Long-creasted Eagle, Intermediate Eagle, African Pygmy Falcon, Greater Flamingo, Pale Flycatcher, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Greenshank, Common, Black-headed Heron, Grey Heron, African Hoopoe, Striped Kingfisher, Black-headed Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Mousebird Speckled, Ostrich, Red-billed Oxpecker, Pink-backed Pelican, Robin-chat White-browed, Lilac-breasted Roller, Curleu Sandpiper, Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-billed Stork, Bronze Sunbird, Lesser Striped Swallow, Wire-tailed Swallow, Cape Teal, Hottentot Teal, African Thrush, Baglafecht Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Little Weaver, Speke’s Weaver, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Long-tailed Widowbird.
June 23 - 24 Lake Baringo Nature Preserve
via Thompson Falls
Lodging: Lake Bogoria Spa Resort
Birds Photographed: Red and Yellow Barbet, White-throated Bee-eater, Slate-colored Boubou, White-bellied Buffalo-Weaver, Tiny Cisticola, White-browed Coucal, Heuglin’s Courser, Cuckoo-Hawk African, African Morning Dove, Red0eyed Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, African Grey Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher White-morph, Little Grebe, White-crested Helmet-shrike, Hemprich’s Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Northern white-faced Owl, Kittlutz’s Plover, Green-winged Pytilia, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Northern White-crowned Shrike, White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Magpie Starling, Black-winged Stilt, Anethyst Sunbird, Beautiful Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Tacazze Sunbird, Olive Thrush, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Red-fronted Warbler, Red-rumped Waxbill, Yellow-belliew Waxbill, Little Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Yellow White-eye
June 25-27 Samburu Nature Preserve
Lodging: Samburu Lodge.
Birds Photoraphed: Back-throated Barbet, D’Arnaud’s Barbet, Red and Yellow Barbet, Pygmy Batis, Little Bee-eater, Somali Bee-eater, Slate-colored Boubou, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Common Bulbul, Common Dotson Bulbul, Somali Golden-breasted Bunting, Rosy-patched Bush-shrike, Buff-crested Bustard, Kori Bustard, White-bellied Canary, Eastern Chanting-Goshwak, Rufous Chatterer, African Morning Dove, Laughing Dove, Namaqua Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Fish Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Pygmy Falcon, Cut-throat Finch, Taita Fiscal, Fischer’s Starling, Crested Francolin, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, White-bellied Go-away Bird, Egyptian Goose, Gabar Goshawk, Purple Grenadier, Helmeted Guineafowl, Vulturine Guineafowl, African Hawk-Eagle, Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Jackson’s Hornbill, Red-billed Hornbill, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-shouldered Kite, Foxy Lark, Pink-breasted Lark, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Blue-napped Mousebird, White-headed Mousebird, Red-billed Oxpecker, African Orange-bellied Parrot, Yellow-spotted Petronius, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Slack-capped Social-Weaver, Somali Bee-eater, Chestnut Sparrow, Parrot-billed Sparrow, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, African Spoonbill, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Fischer’s Starling, Golden-breasted Starling, Hildebrant’s Starling, Superb Starling, Marabou Stork, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, Spotted Thick-knee, Black-headed Weaver, Golden Palm Weaver, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Donaldson-Smith’s Sparrow-Weaver, Parrot-billed Sparrow, Chestnut Sparrow, Black-capped Social-Weaver, Violet Wood-Hoopoe.
June 28 Mount Kenya National Park
Lodging: Mountain Lodge Serena
Birds Photographed: Chestnut-throated Apalis, Grey Apalis, Tropical Boubou, Egyptian Goose, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, African Hawk-Eagle, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Crowned Hornbill, Black-headed Oriole, Streaky Seedeater, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Bartailed Trogon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Pied Wagtail, Cape Wagtail, Grey-headed Warbler, Baglefecht Weaver, Montane Whiteeye, White-headed Wood-hoopoe.
June 29th Hotel Boulevard to Kilmanjaro Intl airport and transfer to Korona House, Arusha.
June 30 Arusha National Park
Lodging: Korona House, Arusha.
Birds Photographed: Augur Buzzard, Winding Cristicola, White-browed Coucal, Long-crested Eagle, Common Fiscal, African Blackheaded Oriole, Southern Pouchard, Brown Snake-Eagle, Common Stone-chat, Variable Sunbird, Nirina Trogon, Pin-tailed Whydah.
July 1-2 Tarangire National Park
Lodging: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Birds Photographed: Arrow-marked Babbler, Northern Pied Babbler, Red and Yellow Barbet, Batelear, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, Winding Cisticola, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, Two-banded Courser, Crested Francolin, Diederik Cuckoo, Laughing Dove, Namaque Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Hamerkop, African Fish Eagle, Long-crested Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Lanner Falcon, Pygmy Falcon, White-bellied Go-away Bird, Northern White-crested Helmet-Shrike, African Grey Hornbill, Von der Decker’s Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Crowned Lapwing, Fischer’s Lovebird, Yellow-collared Lovebird, Masked Weaver, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Red-billed Oxpecker, Orange-bellied Parrot, Three-banded Plover, Red-billed Quelea, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Abyssinian Scimitarbill, Mapie Shrike, Grey-headed Sparrow, Swahili Sparrow, Red-necked Spurfowl, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Ashey Starling, Wattled Starling, Saddle-billed Stork, Marico Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Spotted Thrush, African White-backed Vuture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Rupell’s Griffin Vulture, Lesser Masked Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Grey Woodpecker, Nubian Woodpecker.
July 3-4 NDUTU region
Lodging: NDUTU Safari Lodge
Birds Photographed: Usambiro Barbet, Slate-colored Boubou, Augur Buzzard, White-bellied Canary, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Rattling Cisticola, Blue-capped Cordon-bleu, White-browed Coucal, Heuglin’s Courser, Temminck’s Courser, Two-banded Courser, Laughing Dove, Long-crested Eagle, Tawny Eagle, Tiata Fiscal, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black-headed Heron, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Blacksmith Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Fischer’s Lovebird, White-headed Mousebird, Plain-backed Pipit, Three-banded Plover, Red-billed Quelea, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Silverbird, Black-crested Snake-Eagle, Grey-capped Social Weaver, House Sparrow, Rufous Sparrow, Swahili Sparrow, Grey-breasted Spurfowl, Hildebrant’s Starling, Superb Starling, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Variable Sunbird, Cape Teal, Red-billed Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Usambiro Barbet, Black-faced Waxbill, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Capped Wheatear, Nubian Woodpecker.
July 5-6 Serengeti National Park
Lodging Seronera Wildlife Lodge
Birds Photographed: Black-lored Barbet, Black-lored Babbler, Red-fronted Barbet, Usambiro Barbet, Little Bee-eater, White-headed Buffalo-Weaver, Black-bellied Bustard, White-bellied Bustard, Croaking Cistocola, Black Crake, Ring-necked Dove, Martial Eagle, Grey-backed Fiscal, Coqui Francolin, African Goshawk, Dark Chanting-goshawk, Striated Heron, Greater Kestrel, Striped Kingfisher, Black-winged Lapwing, Blacksmith Lapwing, Crowned Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Magpie Shrike, Rock Martin, White-phase African Paradise-flycatcher, Brown Parrot, Plain-backed Pipit, Three-ringed Plover, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Fischer’s Sparrow-Lark, Blue-eared Greater Starling, Hildebrandt’s Starling, Marabou Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, Red-billed Teal, Spotted Thick-knee, Masked Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Capped Wheatear.
July 7-8 Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Lodging Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Birds Photographed: Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Kori Bustard, Northern Anteater Chat, Hunter’s Cisticola, Zitting Cisticola, Greater Flamingo, White-eyed Flycatcher, Cocqi Francolin, Northern White-crowned Helmet Shrike, Black-shouldered Kite, Black-winged Lapwing, Red-capped Lark, Rufous-napped Lark, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Ostrich, Plain-backed Pipit, White-napped Raven, Cape Robin-chat, Streaky Seedeater, Swahili Sparrow, Wattled Starling, Common Stonechat, Yellow-bellied Stork, Golden-winged Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Tacazze Sunbird, Spotted Thick-knee, Grey-capped Warbler, Masked Weaver, Rufous-tailed Weaver, Speck’s Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Capped Wheatear, Fan-tailed Widowbird.
July 9 Ngorongoro Highlands
Lodging: Lunch at the GibbsRanch, Overnight at the Tloma Lodge
Birds Photographed: Black Bishop, Red-faced Southern Bishop, White-tailed Blue Flycatcher, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Rufous-backed Black and White Mannikin, Speckled Mousebird, Paradise-flycatcher African, Thick-billed Seedeater, Yellow-rumped Seedeater, House Sparrow, Bronze Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird, African Pied Wagtail, Baglafecht Weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Spectacled Weaver, Schalow’s Wheatear, Yellow White-eye.
July 10 Lark Plains North of Arusha
Lodging: Korona House
Birds Photographed: Beesley’s Lark, Pied Crow, White-headed Mousebird, Great White Pelican, Pringle’s Puffback, White-browed Sparrow-Weaver, Saddle-billed Stork, Golden-breasted Starling, Water Thick-knee, Mouse-colored Penduline Tit, Black-necked Weaver, Capped Wheatear.
July 11-13 West Usambara Mountains
Lodging Muller’s Mountain Lodge
Birds Photographed: Pied Crow, African Grey Flycatcher, African Hawk-Eagle, Giant-Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Mountain Wagtail, Taveta Weaver, Pintail Wydah
July 14 International Flight out
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