Last week when Grant spotted the stork with an arrow through its crop, he took me back to the dam the next day. To get to this particular body of water, we always cross the Kimwarer River which runs from the mountain down past the offices and towards the bottom of the valley. From habit we both look up and down the river as we drive across. I was looking to the left and Grant looked up - river. I drew a blank and he spotted a cat! Not a thin, feral cat. This was a large black-and-white cat who had to belong to somebody (there are huts just above this point of the river) This cat obviously sits here and hunts for it's supper. Many rats, squirrels, birds to choose from.
A large black-and-white cat on the banks of the river running past the offices
One of the two resident Nile crocodiles basking in the midday sun
Fascinating reflections on the surface of the water
After photographing the "arrowed" stork on the opposite side of the dam, which I posted about on Monday, I focussed on a small flock of storks nearby. Several birds were crouched down in a relaxed manner. I panned in on one who seemed to have such long lower legs and feet that it looked hilarious.
A Yellow-billed Stork in repose. Note the long lower legs and feet. This bird's plumage is more diffused with pink and wing covert tips are almost crimson, which means it's a breeding adult
As usual, the Pied Kingfishers were there in their dozens and fishing constantly. Since I first saw these birds feeding at this dam, I've tried to capture the hovering, the dive and the upward swoop with a fish in its beak. Saturday was no exception. I focussed on a bird and clicked (missed more times than not, LOL!) Eventually I managed to get a sequence but missed the fishing and rising from the water.
Pied Kingfisher looking for its food
Hovering between three and five meters above the water the kingfisher spots a fish
Rising up from the dive in which almost its entire body is submerged, the kingfisher is about to try again
On the way home, I saw a little brown bird (known to birders as LBJ's - Little Brown Jobs) sitting in a thorn tree. Grant stopped and I got my photo.
The African Grey Flycatcher is endemic to North East Africa and a common bird in the valley