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Searching for Elusive rare Bird!

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African shoebill or otherwise referred to as Whale headed stork. Likes feeding on lungfish among other fish among papyrus or flooded grasslands.
A very rare Bird around the lake region but with potential good habitats to trace it. Who will be the first to bring in a confirmed report of it’s sighting!!?

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Watching Parrots in Siaya

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african brown parrot in siaya ©muoki kioko2016

Af. brown parrots; a noisy group of birds with unmistakable call as they move around the tree tops in Siaya. Beautifull yet easily ignored as its one amoungst the abundant birdlife in the region moving accross farmlands or forests.

This ‘af brown parrot’ is a more rare parrot species inhabiting the western side of Kenya that closely resembles the ‘brown headed’ species thats much more widespread in Kenya. so much so that a quick google search will more likely turn up info on’brown headed parrots’. Making it a reason why its worth making a visit to this region to search for it.

When it gets cold..

Nature has a way of self adjusting in a manner that may at times make it unrecognisable.

This is a ‘white browed coucal’ All puffed up on a chilly morning, looking quite different than it would on a normal day.

Lake Kanyaboli

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lake kanyaboli ©muoki Kioko 2016

Ox-bow lakes are normally created when a major river changes its course, cutting-out a major bend of its original path as it straightens out. The ensuing enclosured mass of water at the bend in the form of a ‘bow’ thus is referred to as Ox-bow lake. Lake Kanyaboli is the Largest such lake in Africa.

One of Africa’s hidden gem’s with unique ecosystems.

At times referred to as a satellite lake to lake Victoria, it holds unique fish species known to be extinct to its larger bordering sister lake (lake Victoria – The worlds 2nd largest fresh water lake). Some estimates put it at about 110 unique species like the ‘thickskin‘, ‘blue firefin’ and the ‘fine bar scraper’

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Kanyaboli view ©muoki kioko2016

It’s wetland mash vegetation are also one of the largest known homes of one of the worlds hardest/rarest & unique antelopes to see the ‘Sitatunga’

The lake is said to have been one of the two Luo royalty bath sites.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

African Migrants in Siaya

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abdims stock flying © muoki kioko

Abdim’s storks are migrants from the Northern Tropic’s arriving around October and departing mid-April.

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Migrating abdim's storks © muoki Kioko 2016

Moving in flocks sometimes hundreds at a go, visiting grasslands and cultivated areas of Siaya

They Make spectacular nose dives as they descent.
Black and white in color with a purple tint on the black areas. Has a white under belly but difference with ‘black stork’ is black stork has a red bill while abdim’s a grey one.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Birdwatching Raptors in Siaya

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Brown snake eagle perched(siaya) ©muokikioko2015


This Brown Snake-Eagle is a fearless bird capable of killing and carrying off a two metre long snake. It usually hunts from a prominent perch in the woodlands, scanning the lands below
for prey.
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Brown snake eagle swooping(siaya) ©muokikioko2015

When it sees a snake, it swoops down, seizes the reptile behind the head and crushes the spine with its talons (toes & nails) and beak.
If it loses the advantage of a surprise attack and the snake turns on it, the Brown Snake-Eagle will flap its wings to try and induce the snake to ‘spend the last bullet in the chamber’ before going in for the kill.

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Brown snake eagle in flight(siaya) ©muokikioko2015

… in flight it appears brownish with white under the wings and a barred tail.

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Siaya Steppe Eagle ©muokikioko2015

The ‘Steppe Eagle’ a migratory,
bird from southern Asia arriving Siaya late October- November.
Unlike the Brown snake eagle that has a greyish bill and feet, the steppe eagle has yellow feet with feathers running all the way down the legs and a yellow beak with a black tip.

*All images here taken in Siaya County.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Yala Swamp

yala swamp ©muokikioko2015

Aluru traps

Aluru are a local delicacy among the local community, prepared by boiling in salted water then fried. Local s say the wild species is sweeter than farm bred.
A bird known for it’s sweet sound, local hunters make use of its sweet call to attract its mates to traps set nearby.

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Sigol bird basket ©muokikioko2015

Placed in beautifully hand woven special baskets known as ‘sigol’, they are hung on specially selected sticks known as ‘tal’

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Where they spend their day calling out attracting pass by birds.
Tours can be arranged by local guides either for the ‘Aluru’ trapping experience or to learn how to make ‘sigols’, which make unique house decor (even better is that their size permit s easy packaging).
Or better is a cultural visit to learn how the whole process is handled traditionally.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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