Maasai Mara: The Wetlands

September 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

While the Maasai Mara is primarily grassland, there are also significant areas of swampland in the Mara Triange (the area west of the Mara River).  Our visit to the Mara Triangle included visits to these areas where we enjoyed vieiwing a variety of wetland birds and animals.

The Defassa Waterbuck is most at home in wetland areas such as the Saparingo Swamp.

Defassa Waterbuck grazing in marsh, Maasai MaraDefassa Waterbuck grazing in marsh, Maasai Mara

A variety of birds make the swamp their home, including the Black-headed Heron and Egyptian Goose.

Pair of Egyptian Geese, Maasai MaraPair of Egyptian Geese, Maasai Mara

This Black-headed Heron is very similar to our local Great Blue Heron.

Preening Saddle-billed Stork, Maasai MaraPreening Saddle-billed Stork, Maasai Mara Preening Saddle-billed Stork; preening is an essential activity for birds to keep their feathers conditioned.


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