Lake Nakuru National Park - A must see destination for wildlife photographers Hot

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In the Rift Valley of Kenya lies a network of Soda Lakes that attract thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and over 450 other bird species to their shores, associated bushy grasslands and woodlands. Lake Nakuru National Park is probably the best known of these, being home to large herds of antelope and plenty predators. It is a top photodestination for wildlife and outdoor photographers.

The lake occupies about a third of the national park and is fringed by swamps and grasslands that extend into vast Fever Tree forests and rocky hillsides. Lesser Flamingo flocks, that number into the thousands, are attracted to the lake by the blue-green algal blooms upon which they feed. Given the caustic waters of the lake these birds bathe on a daily basis at freshwater stream inlets and are joined by huge flocks of Great White Pelicans and other waterbirds.

On the short grasslands, Thompsons and Grants Gazelles graze together with Burchelles Zebra, Impala, Eland, Defassa Waterbuck and large herds of Cape Buffaloes, the bulls of which spend the heat of the day wallowing in the shallow waters of the lake. Good numbers of lion, leopard and spotted hyena also occur with the hyena mostly being seen at dawn as they patrol the shores of the lake for dead or dying waterbirds. Both Black and White Rhino also occur and are closely guarded against poaching.

Given the intensity and diversity of photographic subjects, it is well worth spending several days at this reserve and basic camping is available together with more upmarket accommodation through two luxury lodges. In my opinion the best way of maximizing the opportunities of this amazing reserve is to hire a small 4x4 vehicle and then to camp as this allows full freedom of exploring the reserve.

Nakuru National Park by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

1 of 15: There is a good network of roads that cover all of the habitats within the Lake Nakuru National Park.

Yawning white rhino by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

2 of 15: A young White Rhino begins a wide yawn.

Marabou Stork on Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

3 of 15: A Marabou Stork patrols the shallows in search of sick and dying flamingoes.

Lesser Flamingo in Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

4 of 15: A Lesser Flamingo wades through the shallow waters of Lake Nakuru.

Saddle-Billed Stork by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

5 of 15: An immature Saddle-Billed Stork feeds together with African Spoonbills and Great White Pelicans in a feeding frenzy of small fish trapped in the shallows.

Great white pelican bathing by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

6 of 15: A Great White Pelican bathes in a fresh water stream as it enters the lake.

fever trees on the banks of Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

7 of 15: Towering Fever Trees line the open grasslands.

Long-crested eagle by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

8 of 15: A Long-Crested Eagle hunts from a perch in a dead tree.

1Red-Billed Oxpecker and Thmpsons Gazelle by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

9 of 15: A Red-Billed Oxpecker plucks hair to line its nest with from the back of a resting Thompsons Gazelle.

Black rhino at Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

10 of 15: A Black Rhino makes a rare appearance onto the open grasslands.

southern Crowned crane at Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

11 of 15: Southern Crowned Cranes feed in the lush grasslands around the lkae.

Spotted Hyena at dawn by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

12 of 15: A Spotted Hyena patrols the lake shore at dawn for sick and dead waterbirds.

Cape Buffalo on the shore of Lake Nakuru by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

13 of 15: A Cape Buffalo bull stands on the lake shore with Lesser Flamingo flocks in the background.

Superb glossy starling by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

14 of 15: Superb Glossy Starlings are amongst 450 species of bird to be found in Lake Nakuru National Park.

baglafecht weaver by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick

15 of 15: A Baglafecht Weaver searches for insects in an acacia tree.

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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.