Spotted on Safari: Magnificent Birds in Kenya
If you enjoy bird watching, Kenya’s national parks are excellent for sightings, with over 1,000 species of birds offering ample opportunities for a diverse range of bird spotting. We are delighted to share some stunning photos taken by our Driver Guide Martin Weru, who has been with us since 2000, alongside some facts which he shared with us about each of the bird species featured.
We love this shot of a Black-Winged Stilt, which is recognisable from its fine straight bill, long reddish pink legs and black and white plumage. Both in flight and at rest the long red legs are characteristic. They are usually found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, mudflats, and the shallow edges of lakes and rivers.
The Nubian Woodpecker is a species of bird in the family Picidae. It is distributed widely in Central and Eastern Africa. Typically the male has a red crown and nape and a reddish streak on the cheek, while the female has a black crown speckled with white, a red nape, and a dark cheek stripe with white speckling. They are usually found in open savannah and woodland, especially where there are bushy areas and scrub. The Nubian Woodpecker is a non-migratory bird, and its diet is almost entirely ants, termites and sometimes other insects.
If seeing these wonderful photos of birds has inspired you to want to go on safari, and enjoy some bird watching yourself, we have some amazing itineraries available and can advise you on the best spots for it, or alternatively, create a bespoke itinerary for you.
We would love to work with you to plan the safari holiday of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000, or visit our website here:
All photos are credited to Martin Weru.