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 brightly coloured Rollers.
And finally the most beautiful of all, the Crowned Crane.
16 thoughts on “Lockdown reflections 7 – Birds in the Masai mara, Kenya”
Thank you, I really love the colourful ones!
Hi Mic, thinking of you as we’re watching the latest Ewan McGregor bike show ‘Long Way Up’. They’re riding from the bottom of Chile to Los Angeles on electric Harleys! Cheers Pauline xx
Hi Pauline, well we just finished The Last Quarter on Adam Goodes to celebrate Vincent Namatjira winning the Archibald Prize for his portrait based on the documentary. Hope you and Swanny are well
Got to admit, I miss not doing the miles on the bike
So beautiful. The crowned crane was my favorite although they are all magnificent in their own way.
Yes I agree the Crowned Cranes are just beautifully coloured birds
So unique ❤️
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Certainly was very beautiful
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