Ostriches are actually pretty weird-looking up close

I’ve seen ostriches in zoos before, but I don’t think I ever took a really close look at them until I was in Kenya. Up close, they are actually pretty odd. You’ll notice that I didn’t include them in my birds of Kenya posts…because they don’t really feel like birds to me (though they definitely […]

Some Irish bird drawings

You guys, I don’t know what happened. I went on a total drawing binge this past weekend, even though I don’t really have the time to be wasting on drawing silly little birds. Welp, that happened. Here’s the result (NB: I realized too late that I scanned these at very low resolution, oh well): Barn […]

Some more Tsavo-an birds

I’ve been posting specific subsets of the birds I saw on my trip to Kenya (because I didn’t want to overwhelm you), but here’s a random collection! (Please feel free to correct any of my identifications if I make a mistake! I’m all about the learning) Namaqua Dove White-browed sparrow weaver Spur-winged lapwing Superb Starling […]

Some Kingfishers, Hornbills, and Drongos of Kenya

You guys, I LOVE kingfishers…a gorgeous group of birds. I did see a lot of beautiful kingfishers in Kenya, but I didn’t get very many good photos. Here are a few I did get. These grey-headed kingfishers were most common Beautiful So wish this had been in focus, story of my life Von der Decken’s […]

Birdy Cordon-bleu

(YOU GUYS I KEPT ACCIDENTALLY POSTING THINGS EARLY I’M SORRY) Can you believe there are actually birds called “cordon-bleu”? This bleu* my mind in Africa. Where I come from, cordon-bleu refers to a complicated chicken dish where breast meat is wrapped around cheese and ham and then fried, and then baked. The African cordon-bleus are […]

Some Kenyan birds with ridiculous tails

Gotta love em! The males of these species had incredibly long tails, and they looked so awkward in flight, but they were so beautiful! Paradise Whydah These guys were so common, but it was hard to get a photo of them because I was working in the field most of the time and couldn’t spend […]