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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Benjamin's forest

Benja using the telescope to identify water birds 

It is another day in the heart of Mama Africa, specifically in Shimoni South Coast of Kenya where beauty is always near, on Monday very early in the Morning I woke up at around 6am and was ready for the Forest. I was excited I couldn’t wait to see many mammals and birds though the weather was very hot I was ready.

Woolly necked stork in the water 
We roll down to the Shelf East of Shimoni where we carried out birds Survey where I used a telescope for the first time, on our way to the Shelf we encounter many species of birds which I had never seen in all my years in Kenya such as Silvery cheek hornbills, Fork-tailed Drongos, Common Bulbuls, Black kites and Crowned hornbills and my day becomes special  when I was the first to spot an Angolan Black and White Colobus monkey which I dedicated to Bolton Wanderer player Fabrice Muamba who collapsed on the football pitch on Saturday during the match of Bolton against Tottenham. It was really a fantastic day for me because I  was also the first to spot the Sykes monkey playing in the trees we then carried another bird’s survey on the Reef where we saw several birds Great Egret and Strait Heron. I was really happy as I saw things beyond any expectation.

Angolan Black and White Colobus 
Benjamin Saruni from Kenyan, GVIs national scholarship programme.