Birdwatching at Mbita Kenya

I am not the most patient individual so sneaking around in the bushes and the trying to snag a photo of an African bird is a healthy activity for me. I have to stand still and wait for the moment. Good discipline training for someone who likes to keep moving. It can sometimes be a challenge to get the bird to sit still long enough for me to get the shot and often I am torn between gawking up into the trees or stepping gingerly through the grass to avoid snakes or monitor lizards.

Here are those of the birds I have seen in the past week.

Black Bishop

Southern Red Bishop

Yellow-backed weaver

Yellow-backed weaver

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

A pied kingfisher figures out how he will eat the fish he just caught. Eventually the fish went down the hatch.

A pied kingfisher figures out how he will eat the fish he just caught. Eventually the fish went down the hatch.

Bronze sunbird

Bronze sunbird

Bronze Mannikin

Bronze Mannikin

White-browned Coucal

White-browned Coucal

And this bird is driving me crazy. It has a lovely musical whistle and inhabits a tree outside my door. When I hear it whistling I head out with my camera only to find the bird hopping quickly from branch to branch behind the leaves, never giving me more than a second to get it. On my bucket list is to get a good photo of a Black Headed Gonolek! This is the best I could manage this week.

Black-headed Gonolek

Black-headed Gonolek

One thought on “Birdwatching at Mbita Kenya

  1. Sounds like the Black Headed Gonolek is teasing you… whistling to get your attention, and then dodging you behind the leaves…playing hard to get?! There seem to be enough beautiful birds in Mbita who love to pose, like the Southern Red Bishop who fits his/her name… quite pompous!

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