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Kenya: a west-to-east birding + mammal safari January 14-29, 2017

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#101 offshorebirder

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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:31 PM

For some reason the embed code from xeno-canto did not display correctly on Safaritalk's web interface.

 

Here is a direct link to the player:   


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:34 PM

One thing I forgot to mention in the post above was that we saw illegal grazing taking place well north of the Mbagathi River.  


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:58 PM

Here you go @penolva (see above).    I hope you have a great outing on August 23!


What a day! Some beautiful birds and the Sunni, not seen one of those before! Pen
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:14 AM

 

Here you go @penolva (see above).    I hope you have a great outing on August 23!


What a day! Some beautiful birds and the Sunni, not seen one of those before! Pen

 

 

@penolva - I bet you will have several sightings if you work those less-traveled forested areas.

 

Good luck Pen!


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 06:33 AM

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Sorry just seen this now.  Been offline for a while.  It is indeed the hermit crab, rather than the snail, which makes the little sand balls.  I can't remember what the purpose is.  I can try to look it up. My knowledge of marine life is woefully low.  There's SO much to learn.  I wish I could spend more time down there learning.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:34 PM

@offshorebirder Hi. We're a family of five from Texas and are planning a trip to Kenya in August. We have looked up many tour operators but have got the best quote from Ben's Ecological Safaris. However, I can't seem to find any reviews for Ben on tripadvisor but I can see that you have had a fantastic trip with Ben and Simon this year. Your pictures speak a thousand words and leaves me with no doubt that Ben's Ecological Safaris are reliable tour operators but I just thought to double check with you before we confirm our trip to Kenya with Ben.

 

Thank you very much.

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Elizabeth.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:51 PM

Hi @Lizblues - you are going to have a LOT of fun in Kenya.    I can wholeheartedly recommend Ben's Ecological Safaris.   Ben has contacts EVERYWHERE in Kenya - it is uncanny how he knows people everywhere you go - at airline counters, safari camps, game ranger stations, shopping centers, hotels, game reserves, airports, etc. etc. 

 

Anything that goes wrong, Ben will be able to work around it with his staff, extra vehicles, business contacts, and so forth.

 

Ben also uses local guides to supplement his phenomenal  birding and safari guide abilities.  This is because the local expoerts know the current status of your target species and where to find them on any given day. 

 

Ben is SUPER reliable - if he says it, you can take it to the bank.    But don't be dismayed if it takes a couple of days for your email to be returned - sometimes his office staff doesn't want to give a wrong answer and they'll leave it to Ben to answer when he gets "back on the grid" after guiding in the wilderness. 

 

I will PM you my email address - feel free to ask any follow-up questions you might have. 


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