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Kenya, August 1982



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I visited Kenya for the first time in 1982 as part of my elective as a medical student. It was a very exciting experience!



Saturday 14th August, 1982


Nairobi only.


Black Kite (New Species), Red-eyed Dove (New Species), Fiscal Shrike (New Species), Variable Sunbird (New Species), Compact Weaver (New Species), Pied Crow (New Species), Speckled Mousebird (New Species), Streaky Seedeater (New Species), Olive Thrush (New Species).


Sunday 15th August, 1982


Nairobi.


Black Kite, Red-eyed Dove, Fiscal Shrike, Variable Sunbird, Compact Weaver, Pied Crow, Speckled Mousebird, Streaky Seedeater, Olive Thrush, Common Bulbul (New Species), Superb Starling (New Species), Red-billed Firefinch (New Species), Bronze Mannikin (New Species), African Hoopoe (New Species), White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher (New Species), Indigo Bird (New Species), Reichenhow's Weaver (New Species)=17


Monday 16th August 1982

 

Nairobi.


Black Kite, Red-eyed Dove, Fiscal Shrike, Pied Crow, Speckled Mousebird, Common Bulbul, Black-breasted Apalis (New Species), Reichenhow's Weaver, Variable Sunbird, Yellow White-eye (New Species), Bronze Mannikin, Olive Thrush =12


Tuesday 17th August, 1982


Mombasa.


Fiscal Shrike, African Pied Wagtail (New Species), Sacred Ibis (New Species), Indian House Crow (New Species), Golden Weaver (New Species), Speckled Mousebird, Black Kite, Pied Crow, Drongo (New Species), Little Swift (New Species), Rufous Sparrow (New Species)=12


Wednesday 18th August, 1982


Mombasa.


Black Kite, Speckled Mousebird, Indian House Crow, Common Bulbul, Drongo, Palm Swift (New Species), Rufous Sparrow, Bronze Mannikin, Lilac-breasted Roller (New Species), Golden Weaver, Pied Crow, Little Swift=12


Thursday 19th August 1982


Mombasa and Nyali Beach.


Indian House Crow, Lilac-breasted Roller, Drongo, Common Bulbul, Rufous Sparrow, Bronze Mannikin, Pied Crow, Palm Swift, White-browed Coucal (New Species), Black Kite, Little Swift, Mariqua Sunbird (New Species), Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu (New Species), Fischer's Lovebird (New Species)=14


Friday 20th August, 1982


Tsavo West, Kilinguni Lodge.


Indian House Crow, Rufous Sparrow, Drongo, Fiscal Shrike, Black Kite, Common Bulbul, African Pied Wagtail, Pied Crow, White-necked Raven (New Species), African Rock Martin (New Species), Grey-headed Sparrow (New Species), Marabou Stork (New Species), Superb Starling, Little Bee-eater (New Species), Grey Hornbill (New Species), Ostrich (New Species. Masai race), White-crowned Shrike (New Species), Secretary Bird (New Species), Red-billed Buffalo Bird (New Species), Red-billed Hornbill (New Species), Crowned Plover (New Species), White-backed Vulture (New Species), Bataleur (New Species), Common Sandpiper, Three-banded Plover (New Species), Red-rumped Swallow (New Species), Lilac-breasted Roller, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling (New Species), Striped Kingfisher (New Species), Northern Brubru (New Species), Long-tailed Cormorant (New Species), African Darter (New Species), Pied Kingfisher (New Species), Tawny Eagle (New Species), Black Crake (New Species), African Fish Eagle (New Species), Hadada Ibis (New Species), Angola Swallow (New Species), African Sand Martin (New Species), White-browed Coucal, White-browed Buffalo Weaver (New Species)=41


Mammals seen included: - Elephant, Giraffe, Wart Hog, Impala, Thompson's Gazelle, Wildebeast.


Saturday 21st August, 1982


Tsavo West National Park, Kilanguli Lodge, Ngulia Lodge, Nyali Camp, Kitani Lodge.


Egyptian Goose (New Species), Common Bulbul, Ostrich (Masai race), Helmeted Guineafowl (New Species), Crested Francolin (New Species), Fiscal Shrike, Red-billed Buffalo Bird, White-necked Raven, Egyptian Vulture (New Species), Marabou Stork, Little Swift, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling, Lilac-breasted Roller, Drongo, Little Bee-eater, Three-banded Plover, Augur Buzzard (New Species), Superb Starling, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, Straight-crested Helmet Shrike (New Species), Rattling Cisticola (New Species), Cardinal Woodpecker (New Species), Common Sandpiper, Bataleur, Blue-naped Mousebird (New Species), Grey-headed Kingfisher (New Species), Striped Kingfisher, Grey-headed Sparrow, Blue-capped Cordon Bleu (New Species), White-crowned Shrike, White-backed Vulture, Kori Bustard (New Species), Rosy-patch Shrike (New Species), Red-billed Hornbill, d'Arnaud's Barbet (New Species), Northern Brubru, Angola Swallow, Crowned Plover, Red-rumped Swallow, White-browed Coucal, Laughing Dove (New Species), Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling (New Species), White-browed Sparrow Weaver, African Pied Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper, Ring-necked Dove (New Species), Cattle Egret (New Species), Lesser Striped Swallow (New Species), Black-faced Sandgrouse (New Species)=52


Mammals seen included: - Giraffe, Elephant, Water Buffalo, Coke's Hartebeast, Zebra, Silver-backed Jackall, Rock Hyrax, Eland, Common Waterbuck, Fringe-eared Oryx, African Hare.


Sunday 22nd August 1982


Tsavo West to Kilimanjaro (Oloitokitok and Kilanguli Lodge). Weather: - glorious morning, then clouded over a bit with long spells of very warm sunshine. Very dusty .


Crested Francolin, Superb Starling, Fiscal Shrike, Grey Hornbill, Drongo, Secretary Bird, Ostrich (Masai race), Red-billed Oxpecker (New Species), Chin-spot Flycatcher (New Species), Red-faced Apalis (New Species), Kori Bustard, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, White-bellied Go-away Bird (New Species), Red-billed Firefinch, Pied Crow, Blacksmith's Plover (New Species), Marsh Sandpiper (New Species), Yellow-fronted Canary (New Species), Black-backed Puff-back (New Species), Purple Grenadier (New Species), Rufous Sparrow, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, African Hoopoe, Cardinal Woodpecker, Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, Bataleur, Pale Chanting Goshawk (New Species), Tawny Eagle, Crowned Plover, Three-banded Plover, Laughing Dove, Ring-necked Dove, Common Sandpiper, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Blue-naped Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Bee-eater, Red-billed Hornbill, Parrot-billed Sparrow (New Species), Black-shouldered Kite (New Species), Little Swift, d'Arnaud's Barbet, African Pied Wagtail, Red-rumped Swallow, Striped Swallow, Cattle Egret, Northern Brubru, Red-billed Firefinch, White-headed Buffalo Weaver (New Species), Augur Buzzard, Mozambique Nightjar (New Species), White-browed Coucal=55


Bought Spear today from Masai village.


Mammals seen included: - Elephant, Water Buffalo, Coke's Hartebeast, Giraffe, Impala, Thompson's Gazelle, Silver-backed Jackall, Hyena, Zebra, Wart Hog,  Hunter's Hartebeast.


Spent last night at Kitali Lodge, then drove in the morning to a village on the Kenya - Tanzania border (Oloitokitok), on the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Also called in on the way back at Kilanguli Lodge. Picked up Mozambique Nightjar outside the "bandana" in Kitali Lodge when we returned about dusk.


Monday 23rd August, 1982


Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Voi Safari Lodge. Mombasa. Drove from Kitani to Tsavo East, to Voi Safari Lodge. Weather:- very hot.


Fiscal Shrike, Secretary Bird, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Bataleur, Black-bellied Bustard (New Species), Ring-necked Dove, Superb Starling, Ostrich (Masai race), Crested Francolin, Namaqua Dove (New Species), Wood Sandpiper, Three-banded Plover, Blacksmith's Plover, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Crowned Plover, Drongo, African Pied Wagtail, Striped Swallow, Kori Bustard, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting (New Species), Marsh Sandpiper, Egyptian Goose, Little Bee-eater, Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu, Grey-headed Sparrow, Common Bulbul, Spotted-flanked Barbet (New Species), Violet-backed Starling (New Species), Amethyst Sunbird (New Species), Woolly-necked Stork (New Species), Grey Hornbill.


Mammals seen included: - Elephant, Giraffe, Gerenuk, Water Buffalo, Rock Hyrax, Thompson's Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeast, Warthog, Zebra.


Tuesday 24th August, 1982


Mombasa and Nyali beach.


Indian House Crow, Little Swift, Indigo Bird, Speckled Mousebird, Common Bulbul, Grey-headed Sparrow, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove (New Species), Singing Cisticola (New Species), Grey Heron, Pied Crow, Lilac-breasted Roller


Wednesday 25th August, 1982


Mombasa.


Indian House Crow, Little Swift, Rufous Sparrow


Thursday 26th August, 1982


Mombasa.


Indian House Crow, Little Swift, Rufous Sparrow


Friday 27th August, 1982


From Mombasa to Malindi.


Indian House Crow, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Swift, Palm Swift, Grey Heron, Pin-tailed Wydah (New Species)


Saturday 28th August, 1982


Malindi.


Indian House Crow, African Pied Wagtail, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Grey Heron, Variable Sunbird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black Kite, Common Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Sooty Gull (New Species), Angola Swallow, Little Swift, Palm Swift, Crab Plover (New Species), Pied Kingfisher


Barbecue on the beach - rock cod - next to the tent - Superb!!


Sunday 29th August, 1982


Malindi - Mombasa.


Yellow-billed Stork (New Species), Black-headed Heron (New Species), Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Lilac-breasted Roller, Palm Swift, Redwing Bush Lark (New Species), African Pied Wagtail, Grey- headed Sparrow, Indian House Crow, Pied Crow, Grey Heron, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Turnstone, Sooty Gull, Ring-necked Dove, White-browed Coucal, Speckled Mousebird, Pied Kingfisher, Striped Swallow, Common Bulbul, Black Kite, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel


Monday 30th August, 1982 - Friday 3rd September, 1982


Working at Coast Province General Hospital, Mombasa. Birds seen included: -


Black Kite, Lilac-breasted Roller, Grey-headed Sparrow, Indigo Bird, Drongo, Palm Swift, Indian House Crow, Common Bulbul


Saturday 4th September, 1982


To Diani Beach, Mombasa.


Black Kite, Indian House Crow, Crowned Hornbill (New Species), Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Sanderling, Greenshank, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Layard's Black-headed Weaver (New Species), Ringed Plover, Gull-billed Tern (New Species), Pied Kingfisher, Green Pigeon (New Species), African Pied Wagtail, Zanzibar Puff-back (New Species), African Golden Oriole (New Species), Grey-headed Kingfisher


Sunday 5th September, 1982


Diani Beach, Mombasa.


Common Sandpiper, Green Pigeon, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Green Coucal (New Species), Speckled Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Mangrove Kingfisher (New Species), Crowned Hornbill, Palm Swift, Red-fronted Tinkerbird (New Species), African Pied Wagtail, Striped Swallow, Common Bulbul, Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul (New Species), Zanzibar Puff-back, Green-headed Sunbird (New Species), Little Purple-banded Sunbird (New Species), Variable Sunbird, Bronze Mannikin, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (New Species), Pied Crow, Golden Palm Weaver (New Species)


Monday 6th September, 1982


Mombasa.


Black Kite, Green-headed Sparrow, Rufus Sparrow, Speckled Mousebird, Indian House Crow, Common Bulbul, Indigo Bird, Sacred Ibis, Palm Swift, Lilac-breasted Roller, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Black-shouldered Kite, Woolly-necked Stork


Tuesday 7th September, 1982 - Thursday 9th September, 1982


Mombasa beaches only. Mombasa Beach Hotel - birds seen included Grey Plover.


Friday 10th September, 1982


Thursday night train to Nairobi from Mombasa.


Black Kite, Fiscal Shrike, Variable Sunbird, Pied Crow, Speckled Mousebird, Superb Starling, Rufous Sparrow, Marabou Stork, Ostrich (Masai race), Kori Bustard, Crowned Crane (New Species), Red-eyed Dove, Common Bulbul, Yellow White-eye, Streaky Seedeater, Olive Thrush


Saturday 11th September 1982


Day one of wildlife bus, from Nairobi youth hostel. To Isiolo and Samburu.


Black Kite, Red-eyed Dove, Variable Sunbird, Olive Thrush, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Pied Crow, Tropical Boubou (New Species), Fiscal Shrike, Black-shouldered Kite, Sacred Ibis, Striped Kingfisher, Crowned Plover, Yellow-billed Stork, Hammerkop (New Species), Little Grebe, Common Bulbul, White-headed Wood Hoopoe (New Species), Hartlaub's Turaco (New Species), Crowned Hornbill, Superb Starling, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow Weaver (New Species), Namaqua Dove, Dwarf Raven (New Species), Vulturine Guineafowl (New Species), Yellow-necked Spurfowl (New Species), Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Spur-winged Plover (New Species), Black-capped Social Weaver (New Species), White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Red-billed Hornbill, Cattle Egret, Pearl-spotted Owlet (New Species), Bearded Woodpecker (New Species), Slate-coloured Boubou (New Species), Little Sparrowhawk (New Species), Drongo, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (New Species)


Sunday 12th September, 1982


Samburu Game Reserve.


Ostrich (Somali race), Marabou Stork, Martial Eagle (New Species), Pale Chanting Goshawk, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Helmeted Guineafowl, Crowned Plover, Cream-coloured Courser (New Species), Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Spur-winged Plover, White-browed Coucal, Lilac-breasted Roller, Red-billed Hornbill, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Drongo, Taita Fiscal (New Species), Red-billed Oxpecker, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Dwarf Raven, African Fish Eagle, Mourning Dove (New Species), Secretary Bird, Ruppell's Vulture (New Species), Lappet-faced Vulture (New Species), Bataleur, Common Sandpiper, Little Bee-eater, Blue-naped Mousebird, South African Black Flycatcher (New Species), Crombec (New Species), Tawny-flanked Prinia (New Species), Angola Swallow, Slate-coloured Boubou, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting, Namaqua Dove, Bearded Woodpecker, Common Bulbul, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit  (New Species), Black-faced Waxbill (New Species), Yellow-billed Stork, Egyptian Goose, Crested Francolin, Water Dikkop (New Species), Ruff, Cattle Egret, Laughing Dove, Speckled Pigeon (New Species), Wire-tailed Swallow (New Species), Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird (New Species)


Mammals seen included: -


Ground Squirrel, Elephant, Zebra, Grevy's Zebra, Fringe-eared Oryx, Eland, African Buffalo, Warthog, Reticulated Giraffe, Grant's Gazelle, Thompson's Gazelle. Also seen it: - Crocodile.


Monday 13th September, 1982


Samburu to Lake Nakuru via Thompson's Falls.


Red-billed Hornbill, Bearded Woodpecker, Superb Starling,  Mourning Dove, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Laughing Dove, Chin-spot Flycatcher, Mouse-coloured Penduline Tit, Black-faced Waxbill, Drongo, African Hoopoe, Namaqua Dove, Martial Eagle, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Long-crested Eagle (New Species), Kori Bustard, Spur-winged Plover, Speckled Pigeon, White-bellied Go-away Bird, African Pied Wagtail, Black Roughwing Swallow (New Species), Dusky Flycatcher (New Species - Nanyuki), Taita Fiscal, Brimstone Canary (New Species, Reichenhow's Weaver, White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Grey-backed Fiscal (New Species), Cattle Egret, Black-chested Harrier Eagle (New Species, 1, Immature), Augur Buzzard, Black-shouldered Kite, Crowned Plover, Lilac-breasted Roller, Cinnamon-chested Bee Eater (New Species), Red-rumped Swallow, Olive Thrush, Northern Double-collared Sunbird (New Species - at Thompson's Falls), Streaky Seedeater, Common Waxbill (New Species), Wattled Starling (New Species), Angola Swallow, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Slate-coloured Boubou, Pin-tailed Wydah, White-fronted Bee-eater (New Species), Anteater Chat (New Species), Black-necked Heron, White Pelican (New Species), Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret (New Species), Sacred Ibis, Yellow-billed Stork, Marabou Stork, Lesser Flamingo (New Species), African Spoonbill (New Species), Cape Teal (New Species), Maccoa Duck (New Species), Hottentot Teal (New Species), Egyptian Goose, Bataleur, Crowned Crane, Kittlitz's Plover (New Species), Three-banded Plover, Blacksmith's Plover, Black-winged Stilt (New Species), Whiskered Tern (New Species), Grey-headed Gull  (New Species), Gull-billed Tern, Speckled Mousebird, Green Wood-hoopoe (New Species), Grey-rumped Swallow (New Species), Common Bulbul, Rufous Sparrow, Long-tailed Widow Bird (New Species), Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Ruff


Mammals seen included: - Defassa Waterbuck, Grant's Gazelle, Ground Squirrel.


Tuesday 14th September, 1982


Nakuru to Masai Mara game reserve.


Red-rumped Swallow, Grey-rumped Swallow, Fiscal Shrike, Anteater Chat, Horus Swift (New Species), Black-headed Heron, Hildebrandt's Francolin (New Species), Long-crested Eagle, Red-eyed Dove, Pied Crow, White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher, Reichenhow's Weaver, Sacred Ibis, Marabou Stork, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Black-shouldered Kite, Brimstone Canary, Mottled Swift (New Species), Nyanza Swift (New Species), White-rumped Swift (New Species), Little Swift, Speckled Pigeon, Streaky Seedeater, Speckled Mousebird, Augur Buzzard, Red-knobbed Coot (New Species), Black Roughwing Swallow, Stonechat, Bronze Sunbird (New Species), Golden-winged Sunbird (New Species), Crowned Crane, Mosque Swallow (New Species), Malachite Sunbird (New Species), Hildebrandt's Starling (New Species), Black Kite, Common Bulbul, Olive Thrush, Superb Starling, Black-winged Plover (New Species), Yellow-rumped Seedeater (New Species), Yellow-fronted Canary, Grey-headed Silverbill (New Species), Grey-headed Sparrow, Drongo, Helmeted Guineafowl, Capped Wheatear (New Species), White-headed Vulture (New Species), White-backed Vulture, Ruppell's Vulture, Hooded Vulture (New Species), Tawny Eagle, Helmeted Guineafowl, White-bellied Bustard (New Species), Kori Bustard, Kittlitz's Plover, Three-banded Plover, Mourning Dove, White-browed Coucal, Lilac-breasted Roller, Striped Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, White-headed Barbet (New Species), Ethiopian Swallow (New Species), African Sand Martin, Paradise flycatcher (New Species - one male - orgasmic, clitoridal and crippler +++), Chin-spot Flycatcher, South African Black Flycatcher, Grey-headed Sparrow,  Jackson's Widowbird (New Species), Ruppell's Long-tailed Glossy Starling, Secretary Bird


Mammals seen: - Ground Squirrel, Zebra, Thompson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Warthog, Defassa Waterbuck.


Wednesday 15th September, 1982


Masai Mara.


Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, White-backed Vulture, Ruppell's Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Bataleur, Tawny Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Red-necked Falcon (New Species), Red-necked Spurfowl (New Species), Helmeted Guineafowl, White-bellied Bustard, Kittlitz's Plover, Crowned Plover, Wattled Plover (New Species), Wood Sandpiper, Ring-necked Dove, White-browed Coucal, African Scimitarbill (New Species), Speckled Mousebird, African Hoopoe, Lilac-breasted Roller, Pied Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher (New Species), Striped Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Spotted-flanked Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Longclaw (New Species), African Pied Wagtail, African Sand Martin, Common Bulbul, Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Flycatcher, Grey-backed Cameroptera (New Species), Black-breasted Apalis, Green-cap Eremomelia (New Species), Fiscal Shrike, White-breasted Tit (New Species), Yellow-rumped Seedeater, Yellow-fronted Canary, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Purple Grenadier, Holub's Golden Weaver (New Species), Spectacled Weaver (New Species), Grey-headed Sparrow, Drongo, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling, Senegal Plover, Golden-tailed Woodpecker (New Species), Long-billed Pipit (New Species), Plain-backed Pipit (New Species), Striped Swallow, Rattling Cisticola, Red-faced Crombec (New Species), Grey-capped Warbler (New Species), Wahlberg's Eagle (New Species), Ostrich (Masai race), Yellow Bishop (New Species), African Scops Owl (New Species)


Mammals seen: -


Yellow-winged Bat, African Buffalo, African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros (x 4 - two mothers, each with young; one charged our lorry that we were in), Zebra, Olive Baboon, Cheetah (x 1 male - superb views to less than 5 yards. Seen chasing (and failing to catch) Thompson's Gazelle), Lion (x 15), Spotted Hyena, Silver-backed Jackal, Masai Giraffe, Tree Hyrax, Warthog, Duiker sp., Coke's Hartebeast, Wildebeest, Topi, Impala, Grant Gazelle, Thomson's Gazelle, African Hare.


Thursday 16th September, 1982


Masai Mara.


Egyptian Goose, Hooded Vulture, Ruppell's Vulture , White-backed Vulture, Marabou Stork, Lappet-faced Vulture, Crowned Plover, African Hoopoe,  Grey Hornbill, Redwing Bush Lark, Fawn-coloured Lark (New Species), Sooty Chat (New Species), Lilac-breasted Roller, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Ostrich (Masai race), Bataleur, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Golden tailed Woodpecker, Yellow-rumped Seedeater, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, White-browed Coucal, Little Spotted Woodpecker (New Species), Mosque Swallow, Grey Kestrel (New Species), Grey-headed Social Weaver (New Species), Grey Flycatcher (New Species), Grey Heron, Little Swift, African Pied Wagtail, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling, Black Kite, White-headed Barbet, Three-banded Plover, Speckled Mousebird, Pygmy Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Spotted-flanked Barbet, Fischer's Sparrowhawk (New Species), Common Bulbul, Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Flycatcher, South African Black Flycatcher, Black-faced Sandgrouse, Grey-backed Cameroptera, Rattling Cisticola, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Spectacled Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Black-headed Oriole (New Species), White-necked Raven, White-browed Robin Chat (New Species), Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Woodland Kingfisher (New Species), Brown-headed Tchagra (New Species), Secretary Bird, White-breasted Bustard, Kittlitz's Plover, Ground Hornbill (New Species), Grey-capped Warbler, Black-breasted Apalis


Mammals seen: -


African Buffalo, African Elephant, Zebra, Olive Baboon, Hippopotamus, Cheetah (x 1 female - good views), Lion (x 8), Spotted Hyena, Silver-backed Jackal, Bat-eared Fox, Masai Giraffe, Warthog, Wildebeest, Topi, Grant's Gazelle, Thomson's Gazelle, African Hare, Defassa Waterbuck


Friday 17th September, 1982


From Masai Mara to Nairobi via Narok.


White-headed Barbet, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling, Hildebrandt's Starling, Common Bulbul, White-necked Cormorant (New Species), White-fronted Bee-eater, Variable Sunbird, Marabou Stork, Secretary Bird, Augur Buzzard, Tawny Eagle, Kittlitz's Plover, Crowned Plover, Ring-necked Dove, African Hoopoe, Speckled Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Little Bee-eater, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Anteater Chat, Fiscal Shrike, Reichenhow's Weaver, Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Superb Starling, Black Kite, Pied Crow, House Swift (New Species)


Saturday 18th September, 1982


Day trip to Nairobi National Park/orphanage.


Great White Egret (New Species), Yellow-billed Egret, Hammerkop, Sacred Ibis, Hadada Ibis, Marabou Stork, African Openbill Stork (New Species), Tawny Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Bataleur, Helmeted Guineafowl, Black Crake, Crowned Plover, Namaqua Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Speckled Mousebird, Giant Kingfisher (New Species), Lilac-breasted Roller, Pied Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, African Pied Wagtail, Common Bulbul, Ostrich (Somali race), Chin-spot Flycatcher, South African Black Flycatcher, Black-breasted Apalis, Rattling Cisticola, Crombec, Fiscal Shrike, Variable Sunbird, White breasted Tit, Red-billed Firefinch, Black-faced Waxbill, Reichenhow's Weaver, Yellow Bishop, Rufous Sparrow, Drongo, Hildebrandt's Starling, Pied Crow


Mammals seen: - Zebra, Olive Baboon, Syke's Monkey, Cheetah (x 5 - one adult and four old cubs. Excellent views), Warthog, Masai Giraffe, Coke's Hartebeast, Wildebeest, Thompson's Gazelle, Common Waterbuck, Hippopotamus.


Reptiles seen: - Crocodile (x 2. 12 to 15 feet long each.)


Sunday 19th September, 1982


Nairobi youth hostel .


Malachite Sunbird, Pied Crow, Reichenhow's Weaver


Friday 1st October, 1982


From Malindi to Lamu. Six hours bus journey. Terrible! Hot, humid, overcrowded. Cost 67 Kenyan shillings.


Long-tailed Cormorant, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Sacred Ibis, Hadada Ibis, Marabou Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, African Spoonbill, African Fish Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Vulturine Guinea-fowl, Three-banded Plover, Spur-winged Plover, Sooty Gull, Namaqua Dove, Laughing Dove, White-browed Coucal, Speckled Mousebird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Pied Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Carmine Bee-eater (New Species), Grey Hornbill, African Pied Wagtail, Common Bulbul, Fiscal Shrike, White-crowned Shrike, Grey-headed Sparrow, Drongo, Grey Plover, Greenshank, Curlew


Saturday 2nd October, 1982


At sea from Lamu to Telivi Islands, on Arab dhow called Swahilina. Cost 100 Kenyan shillings.


African Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Gull, Bridled Tern (New Species), Caspian Tern (New Species), Common Noddy (New Species) Red-billed Tropicbird (New Species, male), Sooty Tern (New Species), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Turnstone


I was dozing under the canopy of the dhow, trying (successfully) to stave off seasickness when I heard a chorus of what sounded like seabirds - true enough!


Sunday 3rd October, 1982


At sea.


Bridled tern, Common Noddy (ate three of these chicks. Boiled on the boat. Small, salty, but surprisingly tasty - didn't vomit. However stayed off the ugali!), Little Tern, Sooty Gull.


Stopped off some rocks further south for the night.


Monday 4th October 1982


At sea.


Bridled Tern, Sooty Gull


Surprising how devoid the Indian Ocean is of birds!! Much emptier than Atlantic or North Sea -? Due to what has been killed in the past?


Tuesday 5th October, 1982


At sea - to Malindi.


Bridled Tern, Sooty Tern, Caspian Tern, African Pied Wagtail.


Thank God we got off the boat today - conditions over the last five days and four nights were indescribable, so I won't bother. Jack Meredith has a few good photos to send down to me from Glasgow. Ah well! Bus to Mombasa, then train to Nairobi tomorrow after an £8.50 night at Lawford's hotel, Malindi.


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