Kenya: Lake Bogoria

From Wikipedia:

Lake Bogoria is a salinealkaline lake that lies in a volcanic region in a half-graben basin south of Lake BaringoKenya, a little north of the equator. Lake Bogoria, like Lake NakuruLake Elmenteita, and Lake Magadi further south in the Rift Valley, and Lake Logipi to the north, is home at times to one of the world’s largest populations of lesser flamingoes. The lake is a Ramsar site and Lake Bogoria National Reserve has been a protected National Reserve since November 29, 1973. Lake Bogoria is shallow (about 10 m depth), and is about 34 km long by 3.5 km wide, with a drainage basin of 700 km².

With all the flamingos gone from Lake Nakuru (there were a couple hundred dotted around the lake), we decided to charter a plane and fly over Lake Bogoria to try to get some aerial images of the flamingos there.  Well, it turns out that “We should have been there yesterday!” all the flamingos had left Lake Bogoria too.  There were several thousand but, not anywhere near the pink bathtub ring we had hoped for.  Nonetheless it was a great flight and I managed to capture a few keepers.

We began with an early start from Lake Nakuru and while we were waiting for our plane to arrive, we were photographing the sunrise and nice light on the trees when we discovered a big male lion in the brush watching us.  Unfortunately, my big lens was with our guide and our plane was on approach so, I made an environmental portrait of the handsome guy…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

Our plane landed and we quickly jumped aboard and took off for Lake Bogoria.  As we approached, I began to see pinkish dot’s scattered around the lake…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

The noise from our plane would cause some of the flamingos to take flight…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

creating interesting patterns and shadows on the water…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

As we flew around the lake a few times, I would direct the pilot where to go looking for interesting groups and backgrounds…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

While Lake Bogoria did have some of the algae that the flamingos need…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR

 

there wasn’t enough to sustain the millions of flamingos that they are known for.  It gives me something to shoot for on my return trip next year.*  Stay tuned.

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