Masai Mara – Birds, too

The Masai Mara park hosts not only felines (I went there specially to watch them) and their preys (all kinds of antelopes), but also a large number of birds of all kinds. Travelling with Alain Saunier, reknowned ornithologist photographer, and with some other bird watchers allowed to stop and contemplate some very colourful (or less colourful) specimens of various birds present in the park.

Everyday, everywhere

The most common (or most visible) amongst the small birds if the roller that we found about everywhere (as the Fiscal Shrikes).

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Lilac-breasted Roller, or Lilac-throated Roller
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African Pygmy Kingfisher and its reflection

Birds of prey

They are omnipresent. The unavoidable african vultures share the space with a number of eagles.

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African vulture
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Tawny eagle
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Lappet-faced Vulture
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Juvenile African fish eagle

Large birds

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Two marabou storks
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Secretary bird
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Kori bustard (courtship behaviour)
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Grey Crowned Cranes form very long lasting couples
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Saddle-billed Stork

Smaller birds

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Black-headed Heron
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African Open-billed Storks
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Hartlaub’s Bustard
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Southern Ground Hornbill – Let’s notice in the open beak the seed it shot to swallow it

Thanks to all those that would help me by correcting or providing details I missed (mostly for the correct descriptions of these birds). I am not a specialist and errors are quite easy. Most of the inormation I used comes from the magnificent Kenya Birds web site.