On first arrival at the Lodge we had a late lunch and went on a short boat ride around a small part of the lake. At this point I will hold my hands up and say I did not adjust the camera for the reflected light in the lake so a lot of the photos are not great, However, as we pottered along on our hour long ride we got to see a fair amount;
A distant shot of what I believe is a Nubian Woodpecker, this one appears to have a distinct black and white face which is indicative and I think this is female as it appears to have a red hindcrown.
Have quite a few photos of the Hippos in the lake but probably the more interesting ones would have been those at night (if I had them). we were warned not to come down to the hotel alone after dark because the Hippos come up onto the hotel lawn to graze. As we were being chaperoned by the security man later in the evening he shone his torch either side of the path and there they were about 20 feet away. A little disconcerting when you think these are among the most dangerous animals on the continent.
The Waterbuch heard wandered about the hotel lawns all day and all ran towards the dining room in the evening. I am not certain but I guess they are being fed there.
We set off the following morning for the Masai Mara having only had about 6 daylight hours at this site but as with every other place we visited I would return here in a heartbeat and for much longer to see if I could get some more of that 600 bird list.
© Bernard Bracken