Bird ‘atlassing’ in wet Amboseli park

A malachite kingfisher in Amboseli National Park. Bird watching brings many people pleasure as it offers a much needed connection to nature, and it can be done virtually anywhere. Birds come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and their behaviour is often fascinating to see. PHOTO | ANDREAS FOX

What you need to know:

  • I’ve ‘atlassed’ numerous times and gotten a few friends on board too. Last week, I spent a full day in Amboseli National Park with such a group. I must add that the park is looking incredible at the moment. The rains have flooded the marshes to levels not seen this century, and the birdlife has responded appropriately.
  • You can imagine my delight when I found out that bird atlassing was in Kenya too. After all, with over 1,000 recorded species, it is second only to the DRC as the most bird-diverse country in Africa.
  • While mammals have spread across the ecosystem, as they usually do in the wet seasons, we saw countless birds, including nomadic water lovers like Great Painted Snipe and both flamingo species.

As long as I can remember, I have been keen on birds – the feathered ones, I mean. In fact, I have it on authority from my parents that my very first word was “bird” Whether I was pointing out of the window at a black kite fly-by at the time … that could be only my imagination.


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