Kenya - Mount Kenya[1]

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Day 5 - today we headed for the Castle Forest area on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya, where we spent 2 nights at the Castle Forest Lodge at 2,150m amsl. The lodge was originally built as a retreat for the British royal family, and later used by the army for senior officers. It is situated in a clearing in the natural forest at the end of a 2.5 km road which provides an excellent opportunity for forest birding.

Mount Kenya seen from south-east of Nyeri


Entrance to the Castle Forest section of Mount Kenya


the chalets at Castle Forest Lodge - believe it or not Batian peak of Mount Kenya lies in the cloud behind


We ticked off 71 species in the day and a half of birding here, but what we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality

African Dusky Flycatcher ssp murina- a bit bedraggled from steady drizzle


African Hill Babbler - despite its name it is a warbler, placed in the Sylvidae


African Olive Pigeon - I didn't manage any photos of one of the lifers here, the Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon


African Pied Wagtail ssp vidua


African Stonechat ssp axillaris- male and female




immature Augur Buzzard


male Baglafecht Weaver - ssp reichenowi


Bar-tailed Trogon - it did not turn around, but there is just enough in this shot to be sure of the ID


Black Saw-Wing ssp massaica


Black-collared Apalis


Black-throated Apalis


Brown-capped Weaver - male and female




Grey-headed Nigrita


Hadada Ibis ssp brevirostris



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5 years 3 months ago #80009 by mossie
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Thanks Neil

I thoroughly enjoyed your trip photos and naration!!!

Much appreciated.

Mossie

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5 years 3 months ago #80225 by docandy
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Lovely story and photos! :D

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