Who Looks for Birds in Savannahs !

“It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than to be absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

I must be nuts clicking birds in Masai Mara. Some other guides and big five seekers would sneer / guffaw / politely curse under their breath when they realized that we had stopped for a (damned) bird, unless the bird was an Ostrich. Who stops for other birds, specially in Mara or Serengiti !!

Well, big five draw big crowds and big bucks, but these lesser mortals too contribute to the entire ecosystem in their own ways and make the Jungle Book complete.

Here are some birds from Msasai Mara (Kenya), Serengiti (Tanzania) and Ngoro Ngoro (Tanzania).

African Chanting Goshawk
Coqui Francolin
Yellow Throated Sandgrouse
Ruppell’s Long Tailed Starling
Yellow Throated Bee Eater
Lesser Grey Shrike
Lilac Breasted Roller
Lappet Faced Vulture
African Fish Eagle
Helmeted Guineafowl
Great White Pelican
Saddle Billed Stork
Grey Crowned Crane
Southern Ground Hornbill
Common Ostrich
Kori Bustard
Black Bellied Bustard
A Juvenile Lanner Falcon
Sacred Ibis
Secretary Bird

These are just a handful few which I was lucky to see. There are countless others, I am yet to see – next trip maybe. However, I do hope that you would enjoy watching the birds as much as a cheetah or a giraffe.

Just in case you think that I totally skipped the big five, do spare some time for my other stories !

Happy Birding !!

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  1. Shikha

    Beautiful clicks as always sir ??
    Some great captures

    • 20/12/2020

      Thank you @Shikha. Pleasure sharing.

  2. Jayant rajguru

    Very true, we miss the smaller joys and beauty in a bid to look at big animals as well as events in life.
    Awesome pics

    • 29/12/2020

      Dear Jayant, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Karan

    Jo sir,
    As always, Awesome.

    • 29/12/2020

      Dear Karan, Thanks for the encouragement – as always !

  4. Avinash Kour

    Beautiful birds clicked beautifully, thanks for sharing this through your lense for those who can’t be there in person. Waiting for more!

    • 05/01/2021

      Thank you Avinash !

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