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Region (Nairobi-Naivasha highway), (N)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha m, swamp

Protected/registered status

Best Time for visit (time visited), entry fees are similar to other reserves, and are charged separately

Birding Site Guide

This swamp lies north of Nairobi-Naivasha highway. It is a freshwater swamp where you get to see some of the palearctic passage migrants like Northern Shoveler (Oct-April), Garganey (Oct-April), Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Sept-April) and Yellow Wagtails (Sept-May). Here, you also get to see like White-backed / Maccoa / White-faced Whistling / Yellow-billed Ducks, Red-knobbed Coots, Common Moorhen, African Jacana, Long-tailed Cormorant, Grey / Black-headed Heron, Yellow-billed / Great White Egret, Grey-crowned Cranes, Egyptian Goose and Whiskered Terns. 

Red-knobbed Coots (Shailesh Kumar Patel)


  • Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis
  • Long-tailed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
  • Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  • Little Egret Egretta garzetta
  • Common Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides
  • Yellow-billed Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
  • Great Egret Casmerodius albus
  • Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
  • Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
  • Hamerkop Scopus umbretta
  • Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis
  • Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
  • Hadada Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
  • Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
  • Fulvous Whistling Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
  • White-faced Whistling Duck Dendrocygna viduata
  • White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus
  • Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
  • Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus
  • Garganey Anas querquedula Oct-April
  • Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
  • Red-billed Teal Anas erythrorhyncha
  • Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota
  • Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Oct-April
  • Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma. from Southern Africa. Oct-March
  • Maccoa Duck Oxyura maccoa
  • Eurasian Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus Sept-April
  • African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro
  • Augur Buzzard Buteo augur
  • Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum
  • Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
  • Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  • Red-knobbed Coot Fulica cristata
  • African Jacana Actophilornis africanus
  • Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis
  • Blacksmith Plover Vanellus armatus
  • Little Stint Calidris minuta Aug-May
  • Ruff Aug-May
  • Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Aug-April
  • Common Greenshank Sept-April
  • Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos July-May
  • Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
  • Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida
  • Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus
  • Plain Martin Riparia paludicola
  • Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Aug-April
  • Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica
  • Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Sept-May
  • Grassland Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
  • Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
  • Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
  • Hunter's Cisticola Cisticola hunteri
  • Variable Sunbird Nectarinia venusta
  • Northern Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia preussi
  • Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa
  • Yellow-crowned Canary Serinus canicollis
  • Streaky Seedeater Serinus striolatus
  • Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
  • Purple Grenadier Uraeginthus ianthinogaster
  • Rufous Sparrow Passer rufocinctus
  • Baglafecht Weaver Ploceus baglafecht
  • Pied Crow Corvus albus
  • Cape Rook Corvus capensis

crowned Cranes, Egyptian Goose and Whiskered Terns. 


My name is Shailesh Kumar Patel, I was born and brought up in Kenya and started birdwatching in 1996. I have 12 years experience and because of this experience, as a guide, I can locate difficult species such as Sharpe’s Longclaw, a Kenyan endemic. To learn more about species present tryAfrican Bird Club .

If you would like to know more about me go to Bens Ecological Safaris and view clients comments. I guided Bram Piot (Switzerland) twice, and in Nairobi National Park on one day we recorded 107 species. Another client Andrew (South Africa) has also placed comments about my guiding at Kenya Bird Watching .

Try Kenya Bird Watching for the personal touch!


Author: Shailesh Kumar Patel