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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.

 

 

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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.

Rains are here, and…

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sitting by the waters edge ©muokikioko2016

i’m kind of used to a croaking sound from these creaters, and so when it starts raining and the croaking ends. Instead you start getting a high pitched chirping sound, more like birds but in the dead of the night that got me curious.

But any time i got to stop near the water bodies the continous chirping ceased. So i decided to start playing the patience game and boy was i rewarded!

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frog with blown up throat ©muokikioko2016

sitting there Looking like a jazz musician about to blow his trumpet – they fill up their throats with air to a point you can clearly trace the vein network on the sac. Hold the ground firmly, test flexibility of air sac to retract and blow up again. Finally they hold their bodies steady and let the air sac’s chirp, first in low tones then it goes picking up in sound…

Wow…i did manage to capture the process in full HD..

 

 

Gooood Morning!

Wild primates Life Kilome ©muokikioko 2016

Boxing spiders of Kilome

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Armed with ‘black gloves’, protecting their bloodshot Red eyes are these ‘boxing spiders’ in kilome.

At home both on surfaces or as they glide ‘still’ on water surfaces – looking always ready to throw in a fewww punches on anything in their way. 

Armed with a front set of 4 Eyes and another two smaller eyes on the side, they are unalarmed at bigger objects in front of them like YoU!

*ID’d by Zarek Cocker as a ‘Salticidae – jumping spider’

Nature’s gardens – kilome

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While on a walk with friends one pointed out how a section on the roadside looked like it had snow.

In a short while people were lying down taking selfies against this grass that looked like tiny snow drops.
I’ve captured the scene the best I could without manipulation to show how nature beautifully arranges and displays itself in kilome. Hope you like it.

Livestock Feeds

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Grasses of kilome © muoki kioko 2016

PASTURE
Brachiaria brizantha (Signal grass)
Brachiaria decumbens
Brachiaria milliformis
Brachiaria mutica (Para grass, Water grass)
Brachiaria ruziziensis (Ruzi grass)
Cenchrus ciliaris (Buffel grass)
Cynodon species
Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot)
Digitaria decubens (Pangola grass)
Panicum maximum (Guinea grass)
Panicum maximum (Hamil grass)
Paspalum plicatulum
Urvillei
Pennisetum clandestinum (Kikuya grass)
Setaria sphacelata
Tripsacum laxum (Gautamala grass) etc.

LEGUMES
Centrosema pubescens
Desmodium intortum (Green leaf desmodium)
Desmodium uncinatum (Silver leaf desmodium)
Dolichos axillaris
Dolichos lab lab (lab lab bean)
Gliricidia maculata
Glicine javanica
Glicine wightii
Leucaena leucocephala (ipil-ipil)
Phaseolus atropurpureous(Siratro)
Pueraria phaseo-loides (Tropical Kudzu)
Stylosanthes guyanensis (Cook stylo)
Stylosanthes hamata
Stylosanthes humilis (Townsville lucerne)
Styzolobium atterimum (Velvet bean)
Trifolium pratense (Red clover)
Trifolium repens (White clover)
Trifolium rupellianum (African clover)
Trifolium semipilosum (Kenya white clover).

FODDERS
Some of the varieties listed under pastures and
legumes can also be used as fodders, e.g.
Brachiaria ruziziensis
Panicum varieties
Paspulum varieties
Glyricidia
Leucaena etc.
Some varieties that are used mainly as fodders are:
Pennisetum purpureum (Napier grass or Elephant grass) and its newly developed hybrids such as:
“NB 21” or “Poosa Giant Napier”
Fodder maize varieties
Newly developed hybrids
Fodder sorghum varieties
Newly developed hybrids etc.

adapted from Food & Agriculture organization (FAO)

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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