Birds in Yala Swamp


At 6am at the vast Yala Swamp in western Kenya, a birdwatcher can have a spectacular view as waders catch prey and devour it at a comfortable site.

Simply hide behind some water plants and use binoculars to zoom in on the birds as they move from their nests.

Seen through the magnifying lenses is an out-of-this-world experience.

The binoculars enable one to see minute, fascinating details such as the colour and movement of a sparrow’s eye, beautifully coloured collars and long scaly legs of a heron — which is not normally possible with the naked eye.

Yala is an ornithologist’s paradise, with the more than 200-square-kilometre swamp that stretches along the shores of Lake Victoria in Siaya and Busia counties home to thousands of bird species.

The birds inhabiting the swamp include the blue breasted bee eater, papyrus gonolek, swamp flycatcher, papyrus canary, white winged warbler, great snapper and baillor’s crane.