On Sunday, Grant and I took Bertus to see the flamingoes of Bogoria. I have posted about visiting this amazing lake and its thousands of flamingoes but just had to record another trip.As it's early summer here in East Africa, there were many babies along the way to the lake. Baby donkeys, baby goats, (kids) baby cattle (calves) and baby monkeys. As we entered the park, the first thing we saw was a herd of zebra with two babies in tow.
Once again, we weren't disappointed by the display of flamingoes
Last time I posted, I only showed one Greater Flamingo. This time we spotted at least four Greater Flamingoes amongst the more prolific Lesser Flamingoes. The two birds at the back with pink bills tipped with black, are also larger than their "lesser" relations - the two to the front show these with their dark red, black-tipped bills
The Greater Flamingo feeds by filtering food from the bottom mud of shallow waters. Note the waterline on the bird at the rear of the photo which has just re-emerged from dipping it's head into the water. The Lesser Flamingo which occurs in much larger numbers, are surface feeders, filtering their food from the top few centremeters of the water. See the bird to the left front of the image doing just this
The Greater Flamingo (rear) with it's head immersed in the water while it searches for food in the mud
This time around I was determined to photograph other waders and waterbirds. In the rear is a Black-winged Stilt while the bird to the front is Spur-wing Plover also known as a Spur-wing Lapwing
We drove further along the lake to the geysers - time for photos again! Being a longweekend in Kenya, there were many tourists visiting the park and the flamingoes moved into the centre of the lake
One of the visitors asked Grant and Bertus if she could photograph them. She then noticed I was photographing her at the same time and asked her companion to take a photo of her and me!
The boiling geyser in which an egg can be boiled
Just beyond the geyser above, is this boiling cauldron
Driving back to the gate, we spotted many buck again, including the elusive Dik-dik's which I've posted about before. Near the end of the park, we spotted this family of warhogs grazing in the shadows. I just love the way they kneel to graze
As a farewell treat this Marabou stork posed on one leg atop an acacia near the end of the park
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