Wildlife

Enduro Dirt Masters Championships at Champagne park

The Enduro Dirt masters Championship Finals were held at Champagne Park in Ngong. The annual event attracts bikers, campers, nature and mud lovers. Most of all is a good time out to watch different riders battle tough designed courses testing their skills and machines. It is usually very competitive across all the classes, the terrains are almost unforgiving, mental strength is key and a positive attitude is the only way out. The fans are always anticipating good riding and fun along the splashes and so are we

Machoni Mwangu Photography was in place again to showcase the event as it happened through our eyes. Watch out for 2019 events as the year is packed with fun and adventure. See the images of what transpired on this actual day.

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Birds in Captivity

A visit to Elsamere Conservancy in December 2018 brought us back to several birds that we had seen in captivity 3 years ago at Naivasha Owls centre. The owner of the centre then was Sarah Higgins who took time to rehabilitate eagles, owls and other injured birds that were brought to the centre. These birds had been brought in by well wishers who found them in unfortunate situations. Some had been electrocuted while perching on electric poles while others had been knocked down by man et al

This lady managed to set up the centre in her home which we found to be quite amazing. Several birds had gone through her hands and on recovery were released back to the wild. Others were not so lucky and even after recovery could not be released out. They either missed a body part or were blind meaning that they could not survive in the wild by themselves if released. others had got imprinted on man as well and were not capable of taking care of themselves if released as well

Unfortunately Sarah passed on and the birds were sent out to different locations and fortunately a few were rehabilitated at Elsamere Conservancy Centre where we got to visit and see them this time again. Elsamere opened a bird rescue centre to assist in what Sarah had been doing earlier which we found to be very good of them to assist these creatures. The birds at Sarah’s were split with some being taken to the rescue centre in Elsamere and the others to the raptors rescue centre in Soysambu conservancy. While there, we got to see the below this time round

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

Augur Buzzard.

Augur Buzzard.

Unfortunately the great blue Turacco which Sarah was also rehabilitating had been sent to Soysambu conservancy and we did not manage to see it. It was a great sight to behold with beautiful colours. We plan to visit the raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre in Soysambu in the coming year and hope to support the centre as well. Plan to visit and see how you can assist to save our fallen raptors as well

In search of Waterbirds in Lake Naivasha

As the year 2018 was coming to an end and majority were up to their christmas festivities and delicacies, we at Machoni Mwangu photography went on a search of waterbirds in Lake Naivasha. The weather around this time was great with the vegetation around the lake very lush and we expected to see a large variety of birds

We found that waters around the lake were infested with the water hyacinth that was rapidly spreading. this was mostly washed towards the beaches by the current which made it difficult to boat in some areas of the lake. Nevertheless, one morning opened up nicely and we managed boat and see a huge check listing of birds. Below are a few of the images captured and more are on our Nature page

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Great Cormorant in flight

Great Cormorant in flight

Great Cormorant in blue sky background

Great Cormorant in blue sky background

Great egret

Great egret

Great Egret on take off

Great Egret on take off

Long Tailed cormorant

Long Tailed cormorant

Nubian Wood Pecker

Nubian Wood Pecker

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

White-Browed Robin chat

White-Browed Robin chat

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And that day the landscape from Oserian castle closed the show nicely with a beautiful layer of colours fading in black, grey to blue pink sky which only lasted a few minutes before darkness came in. The outdoors were simply amazing and this is what at Machoni Mwangu photography thrive in

Game Drive in the Nairobi National Park on Eid-al-Adha Day 2018

Public Holidays are usually great days to pack up the family and head out to the park. And so it happened during this holiday of Eid-al-Adha. We decided to head outdoors to our favorite park - Nairobi National Park and view some game.

We were up early and by 0630hrs, we were at the park via the East gate which is through Mombasa road. There were several cars already while checking in and many were anticipating to see the big cats.

I was in hoping to take great pictures as with every drive, there is always amazing scenes and interesting happenings. We made our payments and entered and turned left towards Hippo pools of which we were anticipating a peaceful drive without many people at that time and also game viewing before the rest of the park visitors started storming in. See below some images captured as we slowly drove through the park

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew

Grooming Baboons

Grooming Baboons

Bee Eater

Bee Eater

Male Rufous Sparrow

Male Rufous Sparrow

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

White-Faced Whistling Duck

White-Faced Whistling Duck

Cattle Egret
Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

The time spent with family is always memorable and to crown it all with something that we all love, makes it even better. Some days are public days in 2019 will come in handy for such plans with the family. Kenya is very beautiful, travel and see the nation before the parks are out run by encroachments

Celebrating Earth day 2018

With the death of Sudan the world's last male northern white rhino in the Ol Pajeta conservancy in Kenya in March 2018, concerns about its extinction became more clearer than before. If scientists are not able breed another male to sire calves with the remaining females, generations to come may not see these huge beautiful creatures. Some may only get to know about them in history through lessons in class or books just as we read about the dinosaurs in the old

As we celebrate Earth day 2018 geared towards going green, specifically encouraging use of more eco-friendly materials remember that every action has a consequence. A simple visit to the park to see nature is purely as a result of huge conservation efforts by the governments and communities. If we do not conserve every aspect of our environment, we may loose what is purely natural. Take a step and do your bit to conserve. Plant a tree or two

A rhino grazing in the Nairobi National Park

A rhino grazing in the Nairobi National Park

People are being encouraged to reduce the use of plastics hence forth. The theme of Earth day 2018 is to End plastic pollution. It may not happen in a day, but a step at a time towards these efforts may go a long way. With the end of using plastic bags in kenya currently underway, it goes to show that it can be done. Take a step and make a pledge to stop the consumption of plastics

Conservation steps taken by all of us will assist save the earth. Its our civic duty to ensure that our environments are clean, to plant trees around us to ensure that we have adequate water and influence better climatic conditions. Someone once said that the flight of a butterfly in one part of the world will indeed influence the weather in another. It might be a small step, but it is a bold step