Our Cabin :).
We had less than 24 hours at Sweetwaters before starting the long trip south so I had to get out and abut quickly to try get to see some birds. Happily that did not prove to be very difficult. The afternoon after arrival we headed out on a safari around the national park which was wonderful and the 5am start to get to see some birds before departure was great too. Sweetwaters is located on the North west side of Mount Kenya and has some very different habitats, here it is very green and animals we saw were well fed and healthy. There are a lot of Rhino in the park and even more rangers about to look after them.
A Northern Black Flycatcher, very similar to the southern but has a matt plumage and juveniles have a browner colour. I am thinking this is a juvenile moulting to adult plumage.
With moments left before we had to set off I spotted this lovely White Browed Coucal in this bush by the entrance to the estate. Result :) !!
Not got a clue at the moment, will update if I find out what this is.
A Lion in the distance, shortly after this was taken another male came and sat behind this guy,
A Spotted Hyena in the scrub, I think this one was asleep and was startled by the car passing. I thought we would see more of these in Kenya but in all we only saw 2 individuals.
Our visit to Sweetwaters was very brief but it will remain in my memory forever. Definitely worth a visit and if you are looking for somewhere to support the associated charities are well worth considering.
© Bernard Bracken