Mara Birds

by Robin Fuller November. 21, 2020 180 views

There are more than 500 species of birds recorded in the Mara. Here are just a small selection, mainly of larger birds to which my cameras then could do justice.

Rüppell's vultures (also Rüppell's griffon vulture), here with empty crops so waiting in the early morning for thermals to help them to fly off for a feeding opportunity.

Rüppell's vultures (also Rüppell's griffon vulture), here with empty crops so waiting in the early morning for thermals to help them to fly off for a feeding opportunity.

Two Rüppell's griffon vultures share the remains of a small carcass.

Two Rüppell's griffon vultures share the remains of a small carcass.

Tawny eagles have a breeding range that covers much of the African continent and the Indian subcontinent.

Tawny eagles have a breeding range that covers much of the African continent and the Indian subcontinent.

The African fish eagle, photographed in dense shade with backlight - always a challenge. It is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large areas of open water provide an adequate food supply.

The African fish eagle, photographed in dense shade with backlight - always a challenge. It is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa wherever large areas of open water provide an adequate food supply.

The African grey hornbill is omnivorous, feeding mainly in trees, taking insects, fruit and reptiles.

The African grey hornbill is omnivorous, feeding mainly in trees, taking insects, fruit and reptiles.

The Southern Ground Hornbill is carnivorous, mostly hunting on the ground.

The Southern Ground Hornbill is carnivorous, mostly hunting on the ground.

Guineafowl are insect- and seed-eating, ground-nesting, birds.

Guineafowl are insect- and seed-eating, ground-nesting, birds.

The Secretarybird has an eagle-like body on crane-like legs. It's said to get its name from an old-fashioned, sexist image of a secretary with white blouse, black skirt and pens tucked in her hair-bun. Food may include insects, small mammals, lizards, snakes, tortoises, small birds and eggs.

The Secretarybird has an eagle-like body on crane-like legs. It's said to get its name from an old-fashioned, sexist image of a secretary with white blouse, black skirt and pens tucked in her hair-bun. Food may include insects, small mammals, lizards, snakes, tortoises, small birds and eggs.

The Kori bustard is said to be the heaviest living animal capable of flight, though it is actually a ground-dwelling bird.

The Kori bustard is said to be the heaviest living animal capable of flight, though it is actually a ground-dwelling bird.

A male (black) and two female Ostriches. A male may mate with more than one female but the females tend to mate with only the dominant male.

A male (black) and two female Ostriches. A male may mate with more than one female but the females tend to mate with only the dominant male.

A female Ostrich.

A female Ostrich.

The Marabou stork is a massive and, In my opinion, ugly bird with its gangly legs, huge bill, near-bald head and the strange 'gular sac' hanging at its throat, used to store prey while hunting - or food waste when, as it does, it scavenges urban rubbish dumps.

The Marabou stork is a massive and, In my opinion, ugly bird with its gangly legs, huge bill, near-bald head and the strange 'gular sac' hanging at its throat, used to store prey while hunting - or food waste when, as it does, it scavenges urban rubbish dumps.

Yellow billed storks are rather more attractive representatives of the stork family.

Yellow billed storks are rather more attractive representatives of the stork family.

African spoonbills take a break.

African spoonbills take a break.

The African crowned crane is omnivorous, eating plants, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and eggs of aquatic animals. This handsome species is Uganda's national bird.

The African crowned crane is omnivorous, eating plants, seeds, grain, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and eggs of aquatic animals. This handsome species is Uganda's national bird.

The African jacana, sometimes called a lily trotter, has long toes and long claws that enable it to walk on floating vegetation.

The African jacana, sometimes called a lily trotter, has long toes and long claws that enable it to walk on floating vegetation.

The Hammerkop - with its hammer head - is a wading bird feeding mainly on amphibians and fish.

The Hammerkop - with its hammer head - is a wading bird feeding mainly on amphibians and fish.

Oxpeckers, here on a Wildebeest, perch on large grazing mammals in general, eating ticks, small insects, botfly larvae, and other parasites.

Oxpeckers, here on a Wildebeest, perch on large grazing mammals in general, eating ticks, small insects, botfly larvae, and other parasites.

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Bob Chappell 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Fabulous set Robin

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Southbaytimes 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Fabulous captures!❤️❤️

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