The Ostrich the largest bird in the world (followed by the Cassowary and Emu found in my home Australia)wanders the plains grassy planes of Africa including the Masai mara.
A flightless bird it sometimes crosses path with the Secretarybird
While a flighted bird it spends most of its time on the ground hunting. Unfortunately this unique bird is disappearing and is listed as vulnerable. The Secretarybird gets its name from the spikey head quills that are, I’m told, likened to the pencils that secretaries used to place behind their ear.
The Secretarybird has a featherless face and predators beak like a vulture.
The vultures featherless head and long featherless neck though is specially designed for this carrion eater.
But is was the colourful birds this I were one of the highlights of the Masai mara for me.
The Oxpecker is the Rhino’s best mate. The bright eyed warning siren for the sleeping short sighted rhino. The Oxpecker keeps an eye out for the rhino’s predators as it feeds on the parasites in the Rhino’s hard hide.
The muddy shores of the lake is also a welcome home fpt Water Buffalo
In the forests surrounding the lake the are baboons;
and cute little Deseys.
Lake Nakura is about 160km WNW of Nairobi.
This visit was over 15 years ago and from what I have read the park has been enlarged. It certainly a place that stays in one’s mind.