Bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park
Bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park- The park was at first gazetted as the birding sanctuary aimed at protecting the several bird species which had flocked the shore of Lake Nakuru before it was gazetted the national park by the government of Kenya. This implies that even before, Lake Nakuru National Park was is now it is recognized as an Important Birding Area.
Lake Nakuru National Park is known for housing flamingoes both lesser and greater flamingoes not only in Kenya but also in the whole world. The flamingoes are permanent residents of Lake Nakuru but sometimes because of the climate changes that reduce the food for the flamingoes, they shift to other lakes to look for food.
The Flamingo birds feed on the blue algae that are on Lake Nakuru but because of the climate changes that reduced the algae, the population of flamingos’ also does reduce. But you will still observe the flamingo birds
Lake Nakuru is soda ash which contains blue-green algae which is good food for the flamingo’s birds and this is one of the reasons why flamingos’ area is constantly found on lake Nakuru simply because of the presence of food. Other birds are also available such as the wading birds, and the Great White pelican.
Bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the great experience and adventure safaris that you will never forget. You will be welcomed by various bird species which stay in Lake Nakuru National Park. It is believed that Lake Nakuru National Park has over 400 species of birds that are both native, migration threatened, and the endemic bird species
Yes, Lake Nakuru National Park is known as the home of the flamingo birds but other bird species are found within the park and these include The pallid Harrier, Grey crested Helmet-shrike, Greater spotted Eagle, Madagascar pond-Heron among others, these birds are only found in Lake Nakuru National Park, in other words, they are endemic to the to this park.
Other species of birds that you find in Lake Nakuru National Park include those staying on the Lake Nakuru, and those that do stay on the diverse acacia woodland, those staying in bushy grassland vegetation, and those on forested areas of euphorbia trees and these bird species include Red-capped Lark, shinning sunbird, black-winged Stilt, Gull-billed Tern, Long-tailed window bird, Maccoa duck, Yellow-billed stork, Grey-headed Gull, The black-necked Grebe, African spoonbill, Long-tailed widowbird, slender-billed greenbul among other bird species.
Bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park is done throughout the whole year that is any time of the day that birding for the wildlife species. However, it is always very important that usually after the rains when there are always very many bird species within the park. The reason is that there is always plenty of food after the rains which attracts large or millions of the bird species within the Lake Nakuru National Park and thus it best time that you travel for bird watching after the rains.
Always and anytime or any day is the time for bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park thus you will be able to catch up with any birds however it is always best to do bird watching in the early morning from 6 am up to 11 am still in the morning. This is because at this time is when most of the birds come out from their nests to move out for food and the food of the young ones and in the evening also it the time when the birds’ area returning to their nests.
Lake Nakuru National Park has over 400 species of birds and its very hard to exhaust them in the whole day thus it is always advisable for the visitors to make sure that if you’re a birder enthusiast to spend at least four days in Lake Nakuru National Park while you’re exploring various bird species that are found within the park.
Bird watching is majorly done along the shore of the Lake Nakuru in Lake Nakuru National Park as you sit within the car or come out from the vehicle and stand along the shore of the lake and spot several bird species.
Visitors on game drives can as well drive through the park or stand on the viewpoints such as the Africa lookout and the stunning of all the viewpoints is the baboon cliff where you can stand and offers you the best stunning views of the bird species within the park.
Lake Nakuru National Park is found in Central Kenya in the North West of the Nairobi capital city. The park is found with the Great Rift Valley region and it features the soda lake Nakuru and other lakes. Other than birds, the park also features over 50 species of mammals that you can spot while on your bird watching safaris.
Visitors interested in bird watching in Lake Nakuru National Park can access the park by both road and air transport. The roads are good and most of the visitors use the Nairobi Nakuru highway and continue to the Lake Nakuru National Park main gate. And by air visitors will spend about 30 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Naishi airstrip within Lake Nakuru National Park.
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