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Lolldaiga Hills Ranch is a 200 km2 (49,000 acre) cattle ranch and wildlife conservancy. Located 20 km north west of Mount Kenya at an altitude of 1,800 – 2,300 m, the Ranch has outstanding views of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

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The Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape (LHCL) is comprised of four properties; Lolldaiga (ca. 200 km²), Ole Naishu (ca. 125 km²), Enasoit (ca. 17 km²), and Ol Jogi (ca. 210 km²)...

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  • First record for Gadwall (Mareca strepera) on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

First record for Gadwall (Mareca strepera) on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

Tom Butynski, Per Aronsson & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

A solitary adult male Gadwall Mareca strepera was observed at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (N0.29216; E37.13620; 1830 m asl) by Per Aronsson on 14 December 2017 and spent more than a month at this site. This individual was observed and photographed by Per Aronsson, Yvonne de Jong, Tom Butynski, and Carly Butynski on 4 January 2018. 

Solitary adult male Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

Gadwalls are Palearctic migrants that depend on fresh water dams, lakes, and marshes. Although common in many part of its wide geographical range, Gadwall is a rare species in Kenya with only about five records in during the past 15 years (Brian Finch pers. comm.). This appears to be only the second record for Gadwall east of the Eastern Rift Valley, and the first record for the Kenya Highlands.

Solitary adult male Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

The Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List now stands at 401 species. Click here to view the bird List.

Solitary adult male Gadwall Mareca strepera at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (4 January 2018). Photographs by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

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