The Sarova Lion Hill Lodge is lovely and we have visitors at breakfast…African Speke’s Weavers.
They have made nests outside the main hall at Lion Hill, so we get to enjoy their antics before our game drive.
Lake Nakuru National Park is small and quite unique. It is a refuge right beside the city of Nakuru--like having a huge natural zoo at your back door. Almost all species of African animals live here except the elephant. Because it is next to the city, there is no way to contain the huge elephants. They pretty much go whereever they want, so they would endanger the people in town. We plan a full morning before we must head off to our next lodge. We start in the yellow acacia forest and find our olive baboon friends, again.
Then a real treat—a beautiful Long-crested Eagle. It’s early morning so it is watching for prey, usually a rodent.
We move toward Lake Nakuru—bird central-- and find an old tree “decorated” with yellow-billed storks.
Near the lake, Sacred Ibis crown the yellow acacias,
And a Sacred Ibis lift-off from the lake. This is a grand sight.
Then we see a Hammerkrop wading at the shore. It is named because the feathers on the back of it head resemble a hammer.
Flamingos reflect across the lake as they take flight.
Nakuru is an alkaline lake and is one of the prime viewing areas for lesser and greater flamingos. Flamingos are attracted here becuase the soda lake produces the Spiruina algae. This food source also produces the pink of their plumage. When they dry their feathers we can appreciate the spectacular display.
Beside the flamingos, we have a mélange of other water birds—Maribou stork, Great Cormorants, Egyptian Geese, heron and gray-headed gulls in flight and on the ground.
This is a birder’s paradise. There are large numbers of pelicans.
And they put on a synchronizedswimming show
As they nosh along the shore—it is still breakfast time, after all.