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. (525k)
Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica)
Lesser Striped Swallows (Cecropis abyssinica, french: Hirondelle striée). (823k)
Serengeti Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana tropicalis)
Serengeti Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana tropicalis, german: Rotnackenlerche, french: Alouette à nuque rousse). (613k)
Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti)
Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti, german: Hildebrandt-Glanzstar, french: Choucador de Hildebrandt). (578k)
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis)
Laughing Dove (Spilopelia senegalensis, german: Palmtaube, french: Tourterelle maillée). (574k)
Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis)
Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis, german: Samtwida, french: Euplecte à croupion jaune). (553k)
Silverbird (Empidornis semipartitus)
Silverbird (Empidornis semipartitus). (559k)
Bare-faced Go-away Bird (Corythaixoides personatus)
Bare-faced Go-away Birds (Corythaixoides personatus, german: Nacktkehl-Lärmvogel, french: Touraco masqué). (768k)
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)
Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus, german: Elsterwürger, french: Corvinelle noir et blanc). (533k)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (526k)
Lilac-breasted Roller Ssp Caudatus
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus in flight. (498k)
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)
African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus, german: Senegalkiebitz, french: Vanneau du Sénégal). (771k)
Coqui Francolin (Campocolinus coqui)
Male Coqui Francolin (Campocolinus coqui, german: Coquifrankolin, french: Francolin coqui). (870k)
Northern Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris)
Northern Hadada Ibises (Bostrychia hagedash brevirostris, german: Hagedasch, french: Ibis hagedash). (676k)
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi)
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (1367k)
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi)
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (861k)
Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi)
Close-up of Reichenow's Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris reichenowi, german: Helmperlhuhn, french: Pintade de Numidie). (618k)
Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)
Male Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, german: Südlicher Hornrabe, french: Bucorve du Sud). (842k)
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster)
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster, german: Schwarzbauch­trappe, french: Outarde à ventre noir). (1058k)
Somali Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus)
Somali Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus, german: Riesentrappe, french: Outarde kori). This is the heaviest bird capable of flight. (683k)
Lappet-faced Vulture (Torgos tracheliotos)
Lappet-faced Vultures (Torgos tracheliotos, german: Ohrengeier, french: Vautour oricou). (672k)
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps)
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, german: Südafrika-Kronenkranich, french: Grue royale). (703k)
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps)
East African Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, german: Südafrika-Kronenkranich, french: Grue royale). (793k)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, german: Marabu, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (652k)
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)
Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax, german: Raubadler, french: Aigle ravisseur). (653k)
Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis)
Black-chested Snake Eagle (Circaetus pectoralis, german: Schwarzbrust-Schlangenadler, french: Circaète à poitrine noire). (676k)
Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
Masai Ostriches (Struthio camelus massaicus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). two males and one female. (732k)
Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus)
Male Masai Ostrich (Struthio camelus massaicus, german: Afrikanischer Strauß, french: Autruche d'Afrique). (825k)

Birds at Lake Nakuru

Pelicans Circling
Pelicans circling. (582k)
Pelicans Flight Over Two
Pelicans in flight over two Eastern African Black-backed Jackals (Lupulella mesomelas schmidti). (845k)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides)
White-fronted Bee-eater (Merops bullockoides, french: Guêpier à front blanc). (643k)
White-browed Robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini)
White-browed Robin-chat (Cossypha heuglini, french: Cossyphe de Heuglin). (862k)
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii)
Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii, german: Braundrossling, french: Cratérope fléché). (631k)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus)
Lilac-breasted Roller ssp. caudatus (Coracias caudatus caudatus, german: Gabelracke, french: Rollier à longs brins). (786k)
African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis)
Female African Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis rudis, german: Graufischer, french: Martin-pêcheur pie). (732k)
Hovering Female African Pied
Hovering female African Pied Kingfisher. (750k)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Juvenile Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus, german: Stelzenläufer, french: Échasse blanche). (719k)
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata)
Red-knobbed Coot (Fulica cristata, german: Kammblässhuhn, french: Foulque à crête). (676k)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
African Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus, german: Heiliger Ibis, french: Ibis sacré). (689k)
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea)
Western Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea cinerea, german: Graureiher, french: Héron cendré). (516k)
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra)
Black Stork (Ciconia nigra, german: Schwarzstorch, french: Cigogne noire). (585k)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia, german: Weißstorch, french: Cigogne blanche). This is a migrant. They nest in Europe (see Hungary and Poland). (809k)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia)
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia, german: Weißstorch, french: Cigogne blanche). (575k)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
Yellow-billed Storks (Mycteria ibis, german: Nimmersatt, french: Tantale ibis). (926k)
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork. (723k)
Yellow-billed Stork
Yellow-billed Stork. (687k)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer, german: Marabu, french: Marabout d'Afrique). (734k)
Close-up Marabou Stork
Close-up of a Marabou Stork. (674k)
Great White Pelican (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). (911k)
Great White Pelicans Lake
Great White Pelicans on Lake Nakuru. (890k)
Great White Pelicans Flight
Great White Pelicans in flight. (639k)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelican in flight (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (599k)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelicans marching (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (881k)
Grey-headed Gull (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). (830k)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (811k)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus, german: Rosapelikan, french: Pélican blanc). (941k)
View Lake Elmenteita Thousands
View of Lake Elmenteita with thousands of flamingos. (606k)
Pied Avocet (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. (605k)
Lesser Flamingo (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). (554k)
Greater Flamingo (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). (546k)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus, german: Rosaflamingo, french: Flamant rose) on Lake Nakuru. (610k)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, german: Weißrückengeier, french: Vautour africain). (615k)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer, german: Schreiseeadler, french: Pygargue vocifer). (583k)
Birds Feeding Carcass
Birds feeding on a carcass. (1090k)

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