Regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or a veteran twitcher, the Masai Mara offers something for everyone. Look out for the world’s largest bird (ostrich), the world’s most numerous bird (red-billed quelea), Africa’s heaviest flying bird (Kori bustard) or the dazzling array of tiny sunbirds that flit between the flower blossoms. There is Africa’s largest raptor (martial eagle) as well as its smallest (African pygmy falcon). Not to mention millions of filter feeding flamingos, intricate nest builders like weavers, or the hideously ugly carrion feeders like the marabou stork.
When it comes to birds Kenya has an unbelievable assortment of shapes and sizes. You can literally spend days spotting and identifying new species. A recent census showed that Kenya’s capital Nairobi was home to more than 600 resident and migratory bird species – more than any other capital city in the world. And that is in the city, once you get out into nature it is next level as the equatorial climate, the diverse range of habitats, the unique geographical features and an abundance of food resources mean that birdlife is able to thrive like nowhere else.