22/3 Red-faced Crombec at Sweetwaters. Only one seen during my trip.
After lunch we left Sweetwater for the quite long drive towards Nakuro. The drive included a long stretch over some big grassland areas. Here we got Jackson’s Widowbird, a majestic Secretary Bird, a very attractive group of 50 Grey Crowned Cranes and three Greater Kestrels. The northern Aberdares is home to the Mackinders race of Cape Eagle Owl. As we approached one of the owls favourite hang outs a local naturalist called John appeared on the roadside. The owl had moved about a kilometre and he was there to show us the excact spot of the daytime roost. We parked a kilometre ahead after having brief views of a Cinnamon-breasted Rock Bunting at the roadside. In the small valley we quickly found the owl and added Lesser Honeyguide, Grey-capped Warbler and Grey Woodpecker as well. 27 pairs of Eagle Owls nest in the northern part of the Aberdares and John works for a conservation project trying to keep the conditions good for the owls. Visiting Birders contribute to this work by paying a small amount to see the owls. The money goes to conservation but also to a clean-water programme for the farmers that kindly let birders go through their land to see the owls at their favourite hang-outs. The rest of the day was spent en route towards Nakura where I spent the night at Hotel Kunste in the city centre.
22/3 Grey Crowned Crane southwest of Sweetwaters. These birds were part of an impressive flock of 50 birds.
22/3 Mackinders Eagle Owl, Aberdares.