Bird watching at the Wajee Nature Park and its Surroundings

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Wajee Nature Park being a home to the Hindes babblers, birdwatching is one of the major activities enjoyed here. The park is surrounded by well maintained forests whereby the residents have co-existenced with the flora. The community have been able to find a way whereby they can be able to practise farming without having to cut down the trees.

Our first bird to see was the common bulbul, they were in huge numbers and frequent during our hike. Am more into mammals and not birds but I was challenged this particular day. My friend ,Desire, made me grow passion to know birds more. He could be able to tell of their species by the noises they made, coloration from far and easily spotted them. He really challenged me and I will definitely get to know more of these wonderful birds with time.

I was able to enjoy birds such as the mouse birds,swifts, vultures, African pied wagtail, white eyed montane, various species of the sun birds, brown coated kingfisher, olive thrush, weaver birds, egrets, common bulbul, adad ibis, common fiscal, red-billed fire-finch, bee eaters and many more. Am still to master most of the birds species but its for a short while.

We finally made our way to the waterfall. This was the most interesting part of my day. You could feel the very thin water particles landing on our faces. As I was getting into the waters, is when I spotted a bird which Desire advised me that it was a brown coated kingfisher and boom I seemed to have learnt very fats in spotting the birds. She was hiding nearby , i guess either she had just taken some snack or was hunting for some. Shortly afterwards, the African pied wagtails joined us. They were a pair and consumed the algae that had grown on the waterfall. It was a beautiful sight watching them feed as the make their way to the top of the waterfall.

The waterfall was very tempting for some water fun and shortly after some thoughts, boom we were all immersed into the river. The water was so cold at first but got better with time. After playing for some time, we were joined by some kids who also wanted to enjoy some swimming. Being from the neighborhood, they knew the river very well. when we struggled to check first before jumping into unknown depth and rocks beneath the waters, they seem to know their way around the river. some of them even climbed through the waterfall to the top without any struggle. They could dive from up there and swimming through the nonuniform river. It was awesome.

We spent a good part of our day at the waterfall but eventually made our way back to the campsite. We continued with bird watching on our way back. Our way back was more hilly than our morning walk but we hiked through. By the time we arrived at the campsite, we were super tired and surprisingly very dry from all the water we had got ourselves back at the water fall.

It was a day well spent and should be redone again.

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