I spent two days in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It was a fantastic visit. I saw a lot of animals, including a lot of birds.

Later I visited Lake Nakuru for a day. Again the number of birds was astounding. There were lots of pelicans and flamingos and other wading birds.

Among the birds in Maasai Mara was the Somali Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus, german: Riesentrappe, french: Outarde kori), the heaviest bird capable of flight. Males are 1.1 m (3.6 ft) long and 0.6-0.9 m (2.0-3.0 ft) tall. The heaviest birds can weigh over 20 kg (40 lb).

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Birds in Maasai Mara

Weaver Bird Nests
Weaver bird nests. (524k)
Cecropis abyssinica
Lesser Striped Swallows (Cecropis abyssinica, french: Hirondelle striée). (815k)
Mirafra africana tropicalis
Serengeti Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana tropicalis, german: Rotnackenlerche, french: Alouette à nuque rousse). (604k)
Lamprotornis hildebrandti
Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti, german: Hildebrandt-Glanzstar, french: Choucador de Hildebrandt). (569k)
Streptopelia senegalensis
Laughing Dove (Streptopelia senegalensis, german: Palmtaube, french: Tourterelle maillée). (567k)
Euplectes capensis
Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis, german: Samtwida, french: Euplecte à croupion jaune). (546k)
Melaenornis semipartitus
Silverbird (Melaenornis semipartitus, french: Empidornis). (550k)
Corythaixoides personatus
Bare-faced Go-away Birds (Corythaixoides personatus, german: Nacktkehl-Lärmvogel, french: Touraco masqué). (759k)
Urolestes melanoleucus
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus, german: Elsterwürger, french: Corvinelle noir et blanc). (529k)
Coracias caudatus caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (512k)
Lilac-breasted Roller Ssp Caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus in flight. (497k)
Vanellus senegallus
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus, french: Vanneau du Sénégal). (765k)
Peliperdix coqui
Male Coqui Francolin (Peliperdix coqui, german: Coquifrankolin, french: Francolin coqui). (866k)
Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris
Northern Hadada Ibises (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (665k)
Numida meleagris reichenowi
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (1370k)
Numida meleagris reichenowi
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (863k)
Numida meleagris reichenowi
Close-up of Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (613k)
Bucorvus leadbeateri
Male Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud). (843k)
Lissotis melanogaster
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster, german: Schwarzbauch­trappe, french: Outarde à ventre noir). (1063k)
Ardeotis kori struthiunculus
Somali Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus, german: Riesentrappe, french: Outarde kori). This is the heaviest bird capable of flight. (672k)
Torgos tracheliotos
Lappet-faced Vultures (Torgos tracheliotos, german: Ohrengeier, french: Vautour oricou). (665k)
Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, german: Südafrika-Kronenkranich, french: Grue royale). (690k)
Balearica regulorum gibbericeps
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, german: Südafrika-Kronenkranich, french: Grue royale). (790k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, german: Marabu, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (645k)
Aquila rapax
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (650k)
Circaetus pectoralis
Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis, german: Schwarzbrust-Schlangenadler, french: Circaète à poitrine noire). (668k)
Struthio camelus massaicus
Masai Ostriches (Struthio camelus massaicus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). two males and one female. (725k)
Struthio camelus massaicus
Male Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (821k)

Birds at Lake Nakuru

Pelicans Circling
Pelicans circling. (579k)
Pelicans Flight Over Two
Pelicans in flight over two Eastern African Black-backed Jackals (Lupulella mesomelas schmidti). (844k)
Merops bullockoides
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides, french: Guêpier à front blanc). (632k)
Cossypha heuglini
White-browed Robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini, french: Cossyphe de Heuglin). (862k)
Turdoides jardineii
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii, german: Braundrossling, french: Cratérope fléché). (623k)
Coracias caudatus caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (776k)
Ceryle rudis rudis
Female African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (726k)
Hovering Female African Pied
Hovering female African Pied Kingfisher. (749k)
Himantopus himantopus
Juvenile Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, german: Stelzenläufer, french: Échasse blanche). (713k)
Fulica cristata
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata, german: Kammblässhuhn, french: Foulque à crête). (673k)
Threskiornis aethiopicus
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (680k)
Ardea cinerea cinerea
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (510k)
Ciconia nigra
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra, german: Schwarzstorch, french: Cigogne noire). (584k)
Ciconia ciconia
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia, german: Weißstorch, french: Cigogne blanche). This is a migrant. They nest in Europe (see Hungary and Poland). (809k)
Ciconia ciconia
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia, german: Weißstorch, french: Cigogne blanche). (569k)
Mycteria ibis
Yellow-billed Storks (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt, french: Tantale ibis). (931k)
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork. (722k)
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork. (687k)
Leptoptilos crumenifer
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, german: Marabu, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (728k)
Close-up Marabou Stork
Close-up of a Marabou Stork. (670k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Pelicans on Lake Nakuru. They are mostly Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc), some are Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens, german: Rötelpelikan, french: Pélican gris). (910k)
Great White Pelicans Lake
Great White Pelicans on Lake Nakuru. (889k)
Great White Pelicans Flight
Great White Pelicans in flight. (639k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelican in flight (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (593k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelicans marching (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (882k)
Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Great White Pelicans. They were flapping their wings in the water, presumably to clean. In front are a couple of Grey-headed Gulls (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus, german: Graukopfmöwe, french: Mouette à tête grise). (829k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (810k)
Pelecanus onocrotalus
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (942k)
View Lake Elmenteita Thousands
View of Lake Elmenteita with thousands of flamingos. (605k)
Recurvirostra avosetta
Wading birds on Lake Nakuru. The first row are Pied Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta, german: Säbelschnäbler, french: Avocette élégante). The second row are Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor, german: Zwergflamingo, french: Flamant nain), behind them are Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus, german: Rosaflamingo, french: Flamant rose). The Lesser Flamingos have darker, black tipped beaks and are pinker. The beak of the Greater Flamingo is much lighter, and the plumage is whiter. (602k)
Phoeniconaias minor
Flamingos on Lake Nakuru. The first row are Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor, german: Zwergflamingo, french: Flamant nain), behind them are Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus, german: Rosaflamingo, french: Flamant rose). (549k)
Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus, german: Rosaflamingo, french: Flamant rose) on Lake Nakuru. In front are a couple of Calidris Sandpipers (Calidris sp., german: Strandläufer). (537k)
Phoenicopterus roseus
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus, german: Rosaflamingo, french: Flamant rose) on Lake Nakuru. (607k)
Gyps africanus
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, german: Weißrückengeier, french: Vautour africain). (609k)
Haliaeetus vocifer
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (573k)
Birds Feeding Carcass
Birds feeding on a carcass. (1089k)

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