Lake Magadi Road Birding
Lake Magadi road birding is ideal for a birder who has some days in Nairobi, or someone with a connecting flight and has some few hours to spare
Also a bird enthusiat who attend meetings/conferences in Nairobi and has an off day or two before flying back
Lake Magadi road birding first stop if the weather is fine is at Kona Baridi southern end of Ngong Hills which dry,windy and cold in the morning.
From here, you have good views of the Great Rift Valley and Nairobi, Grassland Pipit, Augur Buzzard may be encountered.
As you start going downhill, the vegetations change to more acacia bushes and woodland.
You can make around 3 or more stops for Lake Magadi road birding after Kona Baridi along the road where you can do bit of walking.
At Icross Road the rare Pringle's Puffback and Zanzibar Greenbuls will be heard singing, a group of lesser Kudu are also encountered on the elevation to the left.
Driving further down , is Ol Kejo River which is mostly dry, a perfect place to look for Ashy Cisticola,Mouse coloured Penduline Tit and Buff Crested Bustard, other species seen around are Somali Bunting,and Tiny Cisticola.
Few minutes after the river there is a community borehole, where on the electricity lines the Taita Fiscal is seen perching, on plains adjacent, Kori Bustard will be seen puffing.
On a dam before Oltepesi Town, Red fronted Warblers are hyperactive on top of a single acacia tree, White throated Bee-eaters busy on the dam's wall excavating breeding holes .
In Oltepesi town Swahili Sparrow nesting on few acacia left on the roadside.
From here drive all the way down to Lake Magadi which in the middle of the day , the temperatures are high, to look for the resident Magadi Plover,or the Chestnut -banded Plover, Dimorphic and dark Little Egrets, flocks of Lesser Flamingoes on southern end of the lake near the hotsprings
On your way back in the on top of the electricity poles look out for Eastern Chanting and Gabars Goshawks.
Above in the sky the black chested Snake Eagle may also be seen
On a good day more than 100 bird species are recorded
Lake Magadi Road Birding can be done anytime of the year