On the final part of our weekend to Lake Baringo and Island Camp, we left the island mid-morning on Sunday in order to stop at Lake Baringo Club on the mainland. Sue told us there were many birds in and around the gardens surrounding the club. As we entered Baringo, we spotted a raptor on an electricity pole. I find id'ing raptors very difficult but have narrowed this bird down to a Goshawk, because of its attitude (straight up posture). Going through our bird book: Birds of Africa South of the Sahara, Grant and I decided it's an African Goshawk, female. This ID is open to discussion. However, I was thrilled (how often do I say this in my birding posts? lol!) to capture such beautiful images of this regal bird.
African Goshawk, female
Management relaxing after a gruelling weekend of work
As we arrived in the gardens with the lake fronting it, we spotted a family of hippos in the shallows near the jetty. The sign on the lawn warns visitors.
Another sign warning people not to use the boats without authorization. While we watched, a tour guide took four people for a ride on the lake, making a wide berth around the hippos
Jackson's Hornbill, male
Sunday was a very hot and while we enjoyed icy refreshments on the veranda, Sue, Ruth and I photographed a number of birds, this one above, at very close range. Jackson's Hornbill is endemic to East Africa.
One of the waiters scattered breadcrumbs on a birdfeeder near the veranda wall and within nano-seconds starlings, weavers, sparrows and doves were squabbling over the tasty treats. A minute later a hornbill landed on the feeder: a female Jackon's Hornbill.
Jackson's Hornbill, female joins the bird banquet
No sooner had the hornbill flown off into a nearby bush when another visitor arrived on the bird feeder.
Helmeted Guineafowl faces off the smaller birds on the table. I love the action shot of the White-billed Buffalo Weaver - coming in to land - in the top left of the photo
Posing for photos is a Lilac-breasted Roller, also the national bird of Kenya
For me the best sighting that day was of the [common] African Fish-eagle perched on a tree-top branch in the garden.
This eagle obviously had a bird's eye view of the lake and bush surrounding the garden. It sat here for about twenty minutes; then it threw its head back
This was a male Fish-eagle, with its call higher-pitched than that of the female
Within minutes the the female called, swooped in as if from nowhere, and sat on a nest in the same tree!
We arrived home in the valley at mid-afternoon after a wonderful weekend away.