Archive for the ‘ bird photography ’ Category

Enjoying picnics in kilome..

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Great views, Super FRESH Air!! and steamed goat meat from Ksh400 a kilo – beat that!!

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Love birds of Konza

Caught up with these two at konza. Need I say more about the 1/2 hr they spent together! 

Is that why they are called love birds? 

Strange visitor in kilome

strange skulker in kilome1©muoki kioko2017

strange skulker in kilome1©muoki kioko2017


Face resembles a weavers but it skulks and the rest of the body is more of greenbul nature (sorry non-birders). Very shy and solitary.

Paradise birds of Kilome

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Af Paradise Flycatcher – Ferreti ©muoki kioko 2016

i had to literally drop my pants to capture this! 🙂

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Terpsiphone Viridis (white Morph) – ©muoki kioko 2016

6 Years in the waiting to get image of this one! Just when i’ve given up looking out for it and put away my camera it lands a mere one metre infront of me completly ignoring my presence flapping it’s fabulously long white tail (some 30cm or so) and takes it’s time preening itself turning its body back and forth!

Off for my camera and its gone..

Love the way it’s tail follows it, flowing in a wave like manner.

Proop, proop, prooop

With their distinct light blue underbellies

Making loads of proop, proop sounds as they swarm an area

These annually migrating birds move in flocks from Europe and asia and are here on their way down to southern Africa and are known as ‘Eurasian Bee Eaters’.

Looking at their size and thinking of the journey they make annually gets me asking – if this small creation has the courage to cross oceans, desert’s and seas on its small wings ‘What does that say about a people that have Never visited the village next door’?

Ostrich farming (Part 2)

Ostrich value chain © ostrich business planning

Above is the ostrich value chain and below Ostrich leather product being sold locally

Ostrich leather purse © muoki kioko 2016

Ostrich Processing

Ensure there is a supply of slaughter birds to keep the abattoir commercially viable.   

Processing includes all of the following activities:  – – – – – – –

  • slaughtering birds  
  • deboning the carcass 
  • value adding the meat (portioning, ready meals, hams, bacon etc)  
  • skin tanning  
  • manufacturing leather goods 
  • cleaning and dying feathers  
  • manufacturing feather products

 The ostrich has a unique fat pan that carries other manufacturing opportunities once consistent quantities of a fat are produced

As ostrich is a new industry it is understood that there is a lack of product knowledge from producer level right through the chain and as a result the market is confused with differing information.   

Examples: – – – 

  • Dark and light coloured muscles being accepted as normal and/or age or genetic related, when the cause is nutritional.   
  • Genetic influences on hides have been taken as caused by age at slaughter 
  • Less tender meat cuts being sold as Filet quality  

African Black  Eagles of Kilome

souring over us probably looking out for ‘hyrax’ which we had just seen sunbathing, it soon attracts the attention of other birds of prey(raptors) in the vicinity. An alarm call is sounded by one and they all come together – buzzards and falcons.

The Black Eagle quickly makes a turn, flapping its wide wings (about 2 meters wide) and heads straight into its adversaries. They quickly scatter as it takes advantage to disappear over the hills with the other raptors in hot pursuit…

*watch a 3 minute BBC clip how this birds hunt: 

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