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Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kenya (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kenya

Map of Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kenya

Holubs Golden-Weaver (Ploceus xanthops) Highland Rush Warbler (Bradypterus centralis) Gray Crowned-Crane (Balearica regulorum) Long-crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis) Chubbs Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi) Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii)
Grosbeak Weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons)

Swamp near Kitale.


Kenya Solar Eclipse

10/31/2013: Mt. Elgon climbed, it was time to start heading north toward the eclipse path. Just north of Kitale, the Saiwa Swamp National Park provided an opportunity to find the elusive Sitatunga antelope, and I was able to convince everyone that it was worth it to look for the antelope.

We camped at some old-school farmhouse near the swamp where the dinner was straight out of 1930's Britain (or so I was told). After another rainstorm, we joined Morris, a local guide, for our trip to the swamp.

Previous Visit (Mount Elgon National Park: 10/28/2013)
Next Visit (Kalokol: 11/1/2013)

Species Recorded (41)

Birds ( 37 )

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Gray Heron - Ardea cinerea

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Hadada Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash

Storks ( Ciconiidae )
Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Long-crested Eagle - Lophaetus occipitalis

Cranes ( Gruidae )
Gray Crowned-Crane - Balearica regulorum

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Rameron Pigeon - Columba arquatrix
Tambourine Dove - Turtur tympanistria

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Blue-headed Coucal - Centropus monachus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Mottled Swift - Apus aequatorialis
African Swift - Apus barbatus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Mariqua Sunbird - Cinnyris mariquensis
Northern Double-collared Sunbird - Cinnyris reichenowi
Green-headed Sunbird - Cyanomitra verticalis

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

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Red-rumped Swallow - Cecropis daurica
Mosque Swallow - Cecropis senegalensis
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
White-headed Sawwing - Psalidoprocne albiceps
Gray-rumped Swallow - Pseudhirundo griseopyga

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Yellow-whiskered Greenbul - Eurillas latirostris
Common Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Gray Apalis - Apalis cinerea
Chubb's Cisticola - Cisticola chubbi

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Northern Yellow White-eye - Zosterops senegalensis

Shrike-flycatchers ( Platysteiridae )
Black-throated Wattle-eye - Platysteira peltata

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Purple-throated Cuckooshrike - Campephaga quiscalina

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Lesser Swamp-Warbler - Acrocephalus gracilirostris
Highland Rush Warbler - Bradypterus centralis

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat - Cossypha niveicapilla

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Cape Wagtail - Motacilla capensis

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Grosbeak Weaver - Amblyospiza albifrons
Common Waxbill - Estrilda astrild
Black-crowned Waxbill - Estrilda nonnula
Baglafecht Weaver - Ploceus baglafecht
Brown-capped Weaver - Ploceus insignis
Holub's Golden-Weaver - Ploceus xanthops
Black-and-white Mannikin - Spermestes bicolor




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