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Sibiloi National Park, Kenya (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Sibiloi National Park, Kenya

Map of Sibiloi National Park, Kenya



Sibiloi Guards Sibiloi - Walking to the Eclipse Monument Sibiloi - Sandstorm Sibiloi - Traditional Dancers Sibiloi Solar Eclipse - Moments Before 2nd Contact Sibiloi - Partial Eclipse at Sunset
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) - Non-breeding Red-fronted Warbler (Urorhipis rufifrons) Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) Mourning Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decipiens) Grants Gazelle (Gazella granti) Little Stint (Calidris minuta)
Kittlitzs Plover (Charadrius pecuarius) White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata) Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) African Savanna Hare (Lepus victoriae) Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) Variable Sunbird (Cinnyris venustus) - Male
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix signata) Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) - Juvenile

Desert park in remote Kenya.

Trips

Kenya Solar Eclipse

11/3/2013: Our arrival to Sibiloi National Park was a bit disconcerting. My first impression was a wasteland covered in dust and thorn bushes. Everywhere was battered by a very strong sun. I was nervous about spending two nights in that place. After some time and money spent, we were deposited by a "taxi" into some scrubland to set up camp.

All of our gear had been soaked on the boat ride over, so I ventured over to a nearby campsite where I borrowed some matches from a group of three from Nanyuki. This campsite turned out to be a good choice as we were invited over to share their fire. We met some interesting guys from the Kenyan Wildlife Service as well. The weather became much more comfortable after the sun went down, and the desert is a place that grows on you.

On eclipse day, we spent most of the day trying to avoid the sun. In the afternoon, we walked over to a monument that had been set up as a prime spot for viewing the eclipse. Just after first contact, however, the wind picked up. The sun was totally obscured by a combination of thunderstorms and sandstorms. Traditional dancers who had been trucked in brought additional surreal qualities to the event.

As we fretted about our chances for seeing the eclipse, we encountered the Nanyuki group. After some discussion, it was decided that the clouds were too thick to stay still. Yes, we were going to ignore the advice of Dr. Eclipse once again (His advice was to never move, and he was clouded out in China). We all piled into the car and started driving around the desert in search of a break in the clouds. This is the point where things got chaotic enough for me to ditch the camera...

With about five minutes to spare, we reached a spot that looked promising. We all got out of the car to get a better look, and sure enough, we had planned it just right. We got a very clear viewing of about 10 seconds of totality! We talked to some people who had not moved, and they saw the eclipse as well, partially obscured by the cloud cover.


Previous Visit (Central Island National Park: 11/2/2013)
Next Visit (Kainuk: 11/5/2013)



Species Recorded (44)

Birds ( 41 )

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
Lesser Flamingo - Phoeniconaias minor

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca
White-faced Whistling-Duck - Dendrocygna viduata
Comb Duck - Sarkidiornis melanotos

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Black Kite - Milvus migrans
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Yellow-necked Francolin - Pternistis leucoscepus

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Common Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula
Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius
Crowned Lapwing - Vanellus coronatus
Spur-winged Lapwing - Vanellus spinosus

Coursers ( Glareolidae )
Collared Pratincole - Glareola pratincola

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

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea
Little Stint - Calidris minuta
Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Sandgrouse ( Pteroclidae )
Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse - Pterocles exustus
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse - Pterocles lichtensteinii

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Speckled Pigeon - Columba guinea
Namaqua Dove - Oena capensis
Mourning Collared-Dove - Streptopelia decipiens

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Slender-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus clarus

Mousebirds ( Coliidae )
Blue-naped Mousebird - Urocolius macrourus

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Variable Sunbird - Cinnyris venustus

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Chestnut-headed Sparrow-Lark - Eremopterix signatus
Crested Lark - Galerida cristata

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Red-fronted Warbler - Urorhipis rufifrons

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Pied Crow - Corvus albus

Wheatears ( Muscicapidae )
Isabelline Wheatear - Oenanthe isabellina

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Spotted Flycatcher - Muscicapa striata

Wagtails and Pipits ( Motacillidae )
Western Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Somali Fiscal - Lanius somalicus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Wattled Starling - Creatophora cinerea

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
White-headed Buffalo-Weaver - Dinemellia dinemelli
House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver - Plocepasser donaldsoni
Lesser Masked-Weaver - Ploceus intermedius

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