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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? 

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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.

Masters of Camouflage

Camouflage master ©muoki kioko2017

Sitted amongst the dry vegetation on the ground it’s almost unoticable. As you approach it, it Squint’s its eyes the main thing that gives away it’s presence.

Welcome to the world of Dusky Nightjars in Kilome. When disturbed it let’s out a soft whistle sound. Sitting still all day in vegetation that resembles its body pattern it takes to flight at dusk to feed on insects

Mt.Kalembwani (arm chair Mt.)

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Mt.Kalembwani ©muokikioko2017

At 5141 ft Mt kalembwani a Volcanic cone within Kilome, Makueni county owned by the local community is an easy to get to day hike just off mombasa-nairobi tarmac road/highway for individuals, educational institutions or organised groups

Arm Chair – Mt.Kalembwani ©muoki kioko

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walking up kalembwani’s volcanic scree ©muokikioko2017

having erupted some 10,000yrs ago its had cultural significance to the community and provides both educational and leisure activities

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summiting kalembwani with local guides ©muokikioko2017

through community guides. It also provides brilliant opportunity for star gazing, photography, camping, birdwatching, butterfly watching and raptor watching while at same time giving splendid views of kilome topography and on clear days Africas highest Mountain – mt kilimanjaro

Local guides are always happy to arrange for local indegenous meals or free range goat meat roasting on request. Secure Car park with toilets available.

Accomodation of all categories is available nearby from budget to 5star should you want to extend your enjoyment.

 

 

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  
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