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Birds of Kenya

Observed: 8th November 2012 By: okapi85
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Hello
I took these pictures while on Safari on Tsavo East National Park, Kenya and I am struggling to identify the birds in the photos. I know the photos arent great but any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Comments

ophrys's picture

Try the iSpot south Africa site...

http://www.ispot.org.za/

But it is best to put up each photo separately, really.

Ian
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Ray Turner's picture

OK Lets Have a Go

Starting top left and working across:

White-browed Sparrow Weaver; confidence likely but can’t be sure
Martial Eagle (immature); might be
Little Bee-eater; likely but can’t be sure (not with this photo)
Greenshank; likely but can’t be sure
White-headed Buffalo-weaver; likely but can’t be sure (very tempted to say sure for this one)
Your guess is as good as mine, someone more familiar with E African raptors may be able to narrow it down on jizz but I doubt if you could get an ID to species from this photo.
Wattled Starling (juvenile); likely but can’t be sure

Tsavo’s great isn’t it.
Ray

Ray

jerebarker's picture

IDs

Agree with Ray on all but one of those, with the comment that #6 might just, just, be Red-footed/Amur Falcon, but that's a bit of a stab in the dark.

Think #2 is African Hawk-eagle Hieraaetus spilogaster. Doesn't seem massive enough for Martial, which has dark breast as adult and whitish head as juvenile, and doesn't show that pale flecking on the back. Seems a bit long-bodied for Martial too.

J

Ray Turner's picture

You may be right Jeremy.

I ummed and ahhed between AHE and ME for a long while, I plumped for ME in the end solely due to the size of the bill which I thought too massive for an AHE.

Ray

Ray

Ray Turner's picture

Red-footed (East or West) or Sooty

I think you may have hit the nail on the head Jeremy with Red-footed Falcon/Amur (and I may have been too quick to dismiss the photo); though it was also the right time of year for Sooty, just to throw a third in the mix. Pretty much has to be one of those three.

Ray

Ray

bobthebirder's picture

African birds

I can confirm the greenshank, but as for the rest...

Well, the raptor that Ray wasn't sure about is certainly a falcon,probably one of the smaller ones. It seems to be chasing an insect but the wings are too short for hobby, so perhaps a red-footed falcon.

Bob Ford

Ray Turner's picture

Well spotted ...

... Bob, totally failed to see the dragonfly(?) in the shot.

Ray

Ray