The drive from Sunbird Lodge to Lake Nakuru gave a brief glimpse into what was awaiting. Great Egret (Egretthegre), Yellow-Billed Stork (Gulnebbstork) and African Spoonbill (Afrikaskjestork) gave a glimpse into the long-legged birds, and an African Hawk-Eagle (Afrikahaukørn) sat on a post gave a hope of seeing many raptors as well.
Since it is difficult to quite remember all the details about the drive around the lake, I will use the bird-guide to go thruogh some of the more interesting species that I managed to identify around the lake.
Both Great White-(Hvitpelikan) and Pink-Backed Pelican(Rosenpelikan) where seen on the lake, and a roost of Great Whites gave good possibilities for photographing.
|Swimming Great White Pelicans (Hvitpelikan)|
|Roosting Great White Pelicans(Hvitpelikan), theyre all GWP's even though some are quite pinkish.|
|Great Cormorant/Storskarv, surrounded by Cape Teal/Kappand, Greater Flamingo/Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo/Dvergflamingo and Grey-Headed Gull/Gråhodemåke.|
Egrets, herons and other long-legged birds have allways fascinated me, and here I got to see all that I wanted! Common Squacco Heron/Topphegre is a species that have eluded me for quite a few years. People have seen individuals in the exact same spot as me just minutes before I have gotten therem but when I get there it has off course left the location! But here one of them sat just next to the road, trying to be as impossible to see as it could! A beautiful species!
|Common Squacco Heron/Topphegre|
Of the white Egrets I got to see Little Egret/Silkehegre, Great Egret/Egretthegre and the one I really wanted, Intermediate Egret/Duskhegre. I did not think that I would be able to distinguish between Great and Intermediate, but the bill was a good way of telling them apart! I allso got to see the familiar Grey Heron/Gråhegre. Just like seeing it at home, except for everything surrounding it!
Of the other long-legs I got to see, many were very nice to see in close-up. Yellow-Billed Stork(Gulnebbstork) and White Stork(Stork) are both majestic birds which deserve to be watched thurroughly! Ibises are strange birds that allways catches my interest, while the African Spoonbill(Afrikaskjestork) is just a beauty. The flamingos, both Greater-(Flamingo) and the Lesser Flamingo(Dvergflamingo) looks like they have bought stilts, and that they dont want to leave them behind.
|Yellow-Billed Stork/Gulnebbstork - juvenile|
|Yellow-Billed Stork/Gulnebbstork - adult|
|African Spoonbill/Afrikaskjestork, with a Hottentot Teal/Hottentottand next to it, and a Cape Teal/Kappand in the background.|
|Grey-Headed Gull/Gråhodemåke, Ruff/Brushane, Greater Flamingo/Flamingo|