Birding/Ornithology

June 19, 2011
Birding/Ornithology

   In the past, Africa to the traveler meant the large game animals and primitive tribes. And the object of going on safari was to shoot. Today shooting has been replaced by the more civilized sport of photographing – or just looking. The herds of big game are now confined to the parks and reserves. The once picturesque native peoples except the Maasai and certain marginal groups are now so westernized that they are as commonplace in their dress and activities as Europeans.
The tourist on the other hand will find increasing pleasure in the spectacular birdlife. People all over the globe will marvel at the iridescent sunbirds, bizarre hornbills, and gem-like bee-eaters, rollers and touracos.
Already Lake Nakuru, ninety miles north of Nairobi (Kenya’s capital town) in the rift valley is becoming a mecca for tourists from all parts of the world who are drawn by the spectacle of the flamingoes. Of the world’s six and a half million flamingoes, the lesser is most numerous. About 4 million live in the alkaline lakes of the East African Rift Valley. But the marabouts, stilts, and waterfowl that populate the shore also merit attention, and so do the ground hornbills, secretary birds, emerald cuckoos and other fascinating birds that haunt the acacia groves

1 comments:

  1. Safaris and big game was all I liked in Africa. Though it is sad to know that the activities are being limited but still are accessible. Seeing birds and photographing is worth to visit Africa for.