Bird watching is an upcoming favourite
past time amongst the Kenyans. It is evident that this has been
influenced greatly by tourists visiting our country. Bird watching
is just that – watching the birds without hunting or catching them.
The are mainly interested in knowing more about birds – their names,
origin characteristics, eating habits, etc.
It is common to see people with
binoculars gazing up the sky just observing the birds. Usually they
will have a book on birds to refer to just to try and identify the
There are many spots in Kenya
where one can go for birdwatching .
The bird gallery at the National Museum displays about 900 species
and serves as an introduction and varied birdlife of Eastern Africa.
The gallery is arranged to follow the order in which scientist believe
birds evolved. Many of the exhibit cases include eggs and nests.
Species of interest include the
greater and lesser flamingoes, which provide magnificent spectacles
on saline lakes such as Nakuru and Bogoria. The skill of the weaver
birds, of which Kenya has over forty species, is impressive. The
colourful and often iridescent sunbirds occupy a similar ecological
niche as the hummingbirds in the Americas.
Following are some of the spots
to visit for birdwatching.
• Nairobi Snake park
• The Ostrich farm
• National Museums.