Trip report: Kenya (May 2013) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Adam Scott Kennedy.

Kenya is a mind-blowing birding destination at any time of year but our May departure was especially well-timed for resident birds in full breeding plumage, intra-African migrants just arriving, and even the tail-end of the Palearctic migration. This classic set departure tour covered the vast array of habitats to be found within Kenya, through the verdant Guinea-Congolese rainforest at Kakamega; the Afro-montane forests of Mount Kenya, the Aberdares and Taita Hills; the very full Rift Valley lakes and papyrus swamps of Lake Victoria; the endless plains of the Masai Maral; the semi-arid bush of Tsavo East and West; and finally the bird-rich coastal forest of Arabuko-Sokoke. In total, we recorded 603 bird species, of which 582 were seen and, In addition, we observed 55 mammal species and 14 reptiles.

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