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Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Map of Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Flooded Lake Nakuru Nakuru Waterfall Stay in the tent, baboons Stay in the tent, buffalo
Gray-headed Kingfisher (Halcyon leucocephala) White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) Lion (Panthera leo) Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
Ruff (Calidris pugnax) Impala (Aepyceros melampus) Gray-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus) Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii) Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) Leopard (Panthera pardus) Augur Buzzard (Buteo augur) Plain-backed Pipit (Anthus leucophrys)
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus) Burchells Zebra (Equus burchellii) - Battle! Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) Ring-necked Dove (Streptopelia capicola) Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

A national park with a big lake.


Kenya Solar Eclipse

10/25/2013: We arrived to Nakuru to find that the lake was flooded and the flamingos had relocated. It was getting later in the day, so we decided to camp at the south end of the park.

On the way in, we did some game drive activities which included checking in on a lion kill. Fortunately, we hired the guide or I doubt if we would have ever found the campsite.

We arranged special permission to drive in the park during the night so that we could eat in the restaurant. I asked our guide about finding owls, but he was pretty sure that there were none. He had not seen one in four years of guiding.

Of course, twenty minutes into our drive to the lodge, I spotted an owl on the top of a tree. Shortly after that, we encountered a leopard on the road.

We dropped the guide off at the lodge, and then we spent an hour lost in the savanna looking for the campsite.

The next morning, I woke up to find a lone male buffalo just outside my tent! It chose not to trample me, however.

Previous Visit (Naivasha: 10/25/2013)
Next Visit (Kitale: 10/27/2013)

Species Recorded (83)

Birds ( 69 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Great White Pelican - Pelecanus onocrotalus

Grebes ( Podicipedidae )
Little Grebe - Tachybaptus ruficollis

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Long-tailed Cormorant - Microcarbo africanus
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea
Black-headed Heron - Ardea melanocephala
Western Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus
Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Saddle-billed Stork - Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Marabou Stork - Leptoptilos crumenifer
Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Lesser Flamingo - Phoeniconaias minor
Greater Flamingo - Phoenicopterus roseus

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca
Yellow-billed Duck - Anas undulata

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Augur Buzzard - Buteo augur
Common Buzzard - Buteo buteo
Wahlberg's Eagle - Hieraaetus wahlbergi
Long-crested Eagle - Lophaetus occipitalis
African Harrier-Hawk - Polyboroides typus

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Red-knobbed Coot - Fulica cristata
Eurasian Moorhen - Gallinula chloropus

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Gray Crowned-Crane - Balearica regulorum

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Little Ringed Plover - Charadrius dubius
Pied Avocet - Recurvirostra avosetta
Blacksmith Plover - Vanellus armatus
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-winged Stilt - Himantopus himantopus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Ruff - Calidris pugnax
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Gull-billed Tern - Gelochelidon nilotica

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Ring-necked Dove - Streptopelia capicola
Red-eyed Dove - Streptopelia semitorquata

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Spotted Eagle-Owl - Bubo africanus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Nyanza Swift - Apus niansae

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Speckled Mousebird - Colius striatus

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Gray-headed Kingfisher - Halcyon leucocephala

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater - Merops oreobates

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias caudatus

Hoopoes ( Upupidae )
Eurasian Hoopoe - Upupa epops

Scimitarbills ( Rhinopomastidae )
Common Scimitarbill - Rhinopomastus cyanomelas

Paradise-flycatcher ( Monarchidae )
African Paradise-Flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Fork-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus adsimilis

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Black Sawwing - Psalidoprocne pristoptera
Plain Martin - Riparia paludicola

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Green-backed Camaroptera - Camaroptera brachyura
Hunter's Cisticola - Cisticola hunteri

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Pied Crow - Corvus albus
Black-crowned Tchagra - Tchagra senegalus

Gonoleks ( Malaconotidae )
Tropical Boubou - Laniarius major

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
White-bellied Tit - Melaniparus albiventris

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Arrow-marked Babbler - Turdoides jardineii

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Pale Flycatcher - Agricola pallidus
Cape Robin-Chat - Cossypha caffra
Northern Anteater-Chat - Myrmecocichla aethiops

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Plain-backed Pipit - Anthus leucophrys
Mountain Wagtail - Motacilla clara
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Gray-backed Fiscal - Lanius excubitoroides

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Red-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus erythrorynchus
Wattled Starling - Creatophora cinerea
Greater Blue-eared Starling - Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Superb Starling - Lamprotornis superbus

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Baglafecht Weaver - Ploceus baglafecht




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