[ Kenya ] Dances with Flamingos at Lake Bogoria

On the fourth day of this trip, we were on our way around 6:30am to Lake Bogoria. The trip takes about 2.5hr.

As we exit the hotel ground, our driver Patrick was quick to spot this bird on the tree top.


This long-crested eagle has a pretty funky hairstyle. It looks pretty small not only because it was really quite faraway, this specie of eagle is actually relatively small in comparison to the others. It’s only about 55cm in height.


There were also interesting sighting along thr way. eg this Gaudi-like ‘art piece’ by the road. It’s actually a natural termite mound…..


We drove past the equator again today and saw some interesting sights along the way but weren’t fast enough to capture those ‘fleeting’ moments. There were turtles swimming inthr pot holes on the road and when we drove on small iron bridge, we sae 2 donkey drinking water by the river… After  about 2.5hr we finally arrived at Lake Bogoria.


We were here for the flamingoes. Lake Bogoria is an alkaline lake that’s quite shallow (average depth 10m).


This is the only place where we could get off the car. (no lions or leopards around and it’s quite an open space.. so spot any immediate danger easily).


The flamingoes were not exactly close to the shore. To see them in detail you’ll need a binocular or good camera lens to zoo in. You could see their foot moving as if they were dancing.


The specie of flamingo found here is the “lesser flamingo”(there’s also a specie called the “greater flamingo”). The lesser flamingo are paler (whitish pink). Their height when standing is about 80-90cm. Wing span is about 90 – 105cm. The lesser flamingo has the most number in comparison to the other species of flamingo. But they are considered endangered as well because their breeding grounds have increasingly become polluted.


The flamingoes are here for the algae. They may also eat small shrimp.


Walking around here is not exactly pleasant ’cause you’d get an intense smell of the flamingo’s “droppings” or whatever… (stinks, basically).  Here we also find some flamingo feather. It was pinkish / peach.


It was about noon time when we were there. Our skin was burning under the sun. So I quickly rushed back to the car after we took all the photos and videos we wanted to take. We’d still get a nice panoramic view from the car.


Then 3 local kids came and chased after the flamingoes. The flamingoes basically took off and make some impressive flying pattern in the sky.


But if people keep disturbing these flamingoes, who knows if they’d return in the future.

Video of the flamingoes in action:

Day 4 (6:8) To Lake Naivasha – Video Flamingo from perladipace on Vimeo.

After we were done with the flamingoes, we were on our way again. We saw some more interesting sights.

 
Such as people selling honey by the road. Or a “donkey-wagon” on a street.


We also passed by a school with lots of educational materials painted on the outer wall of the school building. Isn’t it good to be able to pick up some knowledge as you walk around?


It felt like we were bathed in dusts everyday. So it was important to protect our lungs with face masks! I bought my collection of mask “fashion” from Breathe Home.

 
Other scenery along the way.


Zebra is a common sight. You’d hardly see the “horses” as we know here.


These trees were actually humonguous. It was interesting to see people just sitting around under these huge trees by this big road and just chilling/chatting.

After 2 hours, we arrived at our hotel by Lake Naivasha. After lunch at the hotel, we were off again on our boat safari trip. The boat safari was fantastic. The scenery we saw on that trip was nothing like what we saw elsewhere.

 

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