Our trip took us to Nairobi and from there north to the Aberdares National Park where we stayed at the Treetops hotel. This was originally a treetop hide for watching wildlife at a nearby waterhole which was gradually developed over the years. Guests reside on the top 3 floors and can watch the waterhole from their rooms, bar, restaurant or special viewing platforms. The rooms are pretty good but in reality the stars of the show are the animals.The hotel's main claim to fame is that Princess Elizabeth was staying there when her father king George VI died, thus becoming Queen Elizabeth II.
All around the grounds were little flocks of Speckled Mousebirds, these are a beautiful little bird and very active in the bushes and trees. The guide describes them as drab brown but I think that does them a dis-service.
The bird below is a Streaky-Seed Eater which I managed to get a quick photo of before he vanished. A largish brown canary.
Still trying to identify this little fellow. He is about sparrow sized and a seed eater but so far I have not managed to identify him.
The Greater Blue Eared Starling were very common about the area and flocked in largish groups.
The Baglafecht Weaver at a distance. I really struggled to get a good photo of this bird as it kept disappearing into the tree about 30 yards away :(
Also spotted some Common Bulbul and Barn Swallos but I did not manage to get usable photos of these. This is an amazing place for birds and unfortunately I only had one evening there so did not get out into the surrounding areas, some day I will return.