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Birds of the Mara, Dec. 2012

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Birds of the Mara, Dec. 2012

Post  Safariman on Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:48 am

As promised some photos of the birds I encountered on my visit to the Mara in Dec.



Black-chested Snake Eagle



Ruppell's Griffon Vulture



The rarely seen Rufous-bellied Heron



Yellow-throated Longclaw



The beautiful Plum coloured Starling in the early morning light



Bare-faced Go-away-bird



Grey Crowned Crane



Bateleur Eagle



Juvenile Bateleur Eagle. It takes about 5 years for the youngsters to develop adult plumage.



Yellow-billed Oxpecker



A cold, hunched-up Lappet-faced Vulture waiting for the early morning sun to warm it up.







Secretary Bird



Tawny Eagle



Greater Blue-eared Starling



White Stork


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Re: Birds of the Mara, Dec. 2012

Post  Laikipia on Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:48 pm

http://i73.servimg.c and Thanks Safariman.

A lovely selection of birds found in the Mara. I never tire of seeing all the wonderful birds of East Africa.

The Grey Crowned Crane is pin sharp and beautiful, but they are all great to look at.

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Post  whitestarling on Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:05 pm

Beautiful photos Safariman, and there are quite a few I've never heard of before the Rufous-bellied Heron, Yellow throated long claw ( thats a cracking shot ) , and the Plum coured Starling. As Lai says the Grey Crowned Crane shot is superb really crisp, and the Lappet faced Vulture looks as though it's really cold. 5 Yrs seems a long time in bird life for the
Bateleur Eagle to get its adult plumage, I wonder what their lifespan is. Thanks for sharing those Safariman really made my day Very Happy
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Post  littlewid on Tue Apr 09, 2013 4:33 pm

Oh my goodness, go off for a bit and this is what you are missing out on. They are stunning photo's Safariman. As you know I do love the big birds but I must say I really am taken with the Plum coloured Starling and also the Blue starling, they are beautiful. The jevenile Bateleur is brilliant, not really a comparison you or he really wants but when I first saw him, his head plumage reminded me of a poodle......yes odd I know!
Thanks for such stunning pictures Safariman, I always enjoy your photo's.
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