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Looking for an exceptional birdwatching, wildlife, or photography safari in Kenya?

Well look no further, Our 20-day Kenya birdwatching tour itinerary is designed with birding as the focus, but we don’t turn a blind eye to bewildering wildlife, landscapes, people, or photo opportunities. The 20-Day Birding Kenya safari escapade will cover most of Kenya’s top birdwatching destinations, amazing landscapes, and interesting bird species will be encountered. The 20-day birding & wildlife safari in Kenya is a more inclusive trip in this elegantly varied country. Of all the world’s birding holiday destinations, Kenya constantly ranks as one of the most fascinating and exotic countries, With so many species spread across breathtaking and wide-ranging habitats is little wonder why Kenya is acknowledged across the planet as a best birding expeditions destination

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Black-faced Sandgrouse

Why the 20-day Kenya birding and wildlife safari?

The 20-day Kenya birdwatching holiday takes you on an immersive journey through lush montane forests, golden-colored savanna plains, swamps, wetlands lakes, and river estuaries to see some of the most exotic bird species in the world.

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Golden Orb Spider

Kenya is a splendidly birdy country; the 20-day Kenya birding tour will cover an array of the best birding hotspots in Kenya that support more mega-charismatic and captivating bird species. Additionally, Kenya hosts an impressive list of distinctive mammals, which will be galore in all the places visited. The 20-day Kenya birdwatching tour kick-off in Nairobi and will cover Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha, Lake Baringo, Kakamega Forest, Lake Nakuru National Park, Solio Ranch, Samburu/Shaba National Reserve, Tsavo West National Park, Taita Hills, Arabuko Sokoke Forest.

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Somali Courser

Kenya is among the African countries with the highest numbers of bird species, and a magnificent heritage of the big game. On this 20-day Kenya birdwatching tour, we will focus on looking for superb bird species and, big game viewing. You will be treated to a wealth of wildlife! In addition, you can enjoy fabulous food, interesting cultures, friendly people, and a generally enticing atmosphere. We will visit the superb most diverse and richest wildlife areas on the planet.

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Nile Crocodile

The 20-day Kenya birding tour itinerary is ideal both for birdwatchers and those with a general interest in East Africa’s amazing wildlife and photography. Birds will be plentiful, and big game, reptiles, and amphibians will be abundant, including some special rare species that could be easily missed without the expert guidance of our amazing bird guides

20-Day Kenya Birding Tour Highlights

Tour Concerns for the 20-Day Kenya Birding Tour


  • Cool to hot, with some rain likely. Hot and humid on the extension.


  • Mostly easy, there are some fairly walks in Kakamega Forest, Arabuko Sokoke Forest, and Lake Baringo, areas moderately early starts are required, and in some areas, long road drives will be encountered


  • During the entire 20-Day Kenya Birding Tour, we will be based in good to excellent lodges throughout. places with superb birding grounds


  • Food will be abundant in the 20-Day Kenya Birding Tour. Breakfasts offer a good choice, with tea, coffee, juice, fruits, pancakes, the egg of your choice, and other things depending on location.
  • Lunches are taken at hotels or somewhere in the bush depending on the day’s plan.
  • Dinner meals are at the accommodation with a full dinner.
  • Vegetarian and other diets are always available


  • Travel for the 20-Day Kenya Birding Tour will be a comfortable modified safari 4×4 Toyota Landcruiser, all clients have big window seats.
  • Tarmac roads make traveling much easier these days, though there are some ‘murram’ roads, which are motorable.
  • Roads around National Parks may be rough, though we travel slowly here to maximize our chances of birding and game. Occasionally the bird we want to see is at the end of a dusty or muddy terrain!

Total Bird Checklist for the 20-Day Kenya Birding Tour

  • This proposed 20-day fantastic birdwatching holiday offers a chance to see more than 500 bird species. Each Kenya birding safari we create for our clients is always unique and tailored to your specific interests and target birds


  • Gratuities (guides, hotel staff, and restaurants) are not included in the quote. If therefore, you feel that they have given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip them
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20-Day Kenya Birding Itinerary


The 20-day Kenya birding commences in Nairobi National Park, a small sparkling birding jewel located only 10 kilometers from Nairobi city. The park hosts some phenomenal birds as well as spectacular mammals such as Chanler’s Reedbuck, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Maasai Giraffe, and both Black and White Rhinoceros. Nairobi National Park is a number-one birdwatching destination in Kenya due to its proximity to the capital city and astonishing high number of bird species recorded plus its relatively small size. Nairobi National Park has a whooping 500 bird species recorded, on a good birding day, more than 150 bird species may be seen. We shall spend the day in the park, birding across diverse habitats that host different bird species.

Spotted Eagle-Owl

Nairobi National Park’s most important environment is an open grass plain with scattered Acacia bushes. The  Park offers a wide range of habitats, which attracts a tremendous selection of birds. As in most national parks in Kenya, access by foot is restricted, only being limited in some designated places such as picnic sites, observation points, and Hippo pools nature trails, which are very productive in terms of birds seen

Night in Nairobi


We shall leave early morning for  Maasai Mara Game Reserve with a brief stopover at the viewpoint of Great Rift Valley, which is one of the wonders of the world, stretching from Syria, down through Africa, to Mozambique. Maasai  Mara National Reserve is extremely beautiful and offers long, undisturbed views and utterly dramatic panoramas. As for the birding, the Mara is a world-renowned birdwatching destination, with over 500 bird species seen and we will have time in the western and eastern sections of the reserve, both of which support different habitats and therefore noticeably different bird species.

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Mocking Cliff-chat

Not only is Maasai Mara a great place in which to find the Big game, but also the wide golden-green savannas, dotted with Acacia trees, make it ideal for birding and photography. Various raptors will be seen soaring the skies across the vast Maasai Mara plains including the gigantic Martial  Eagle, the idiosyncratic Bateleur Eagle, the African Harrier Hawk raiding passerine nests, Grey Kestrel, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, the African Marsh Harrier, the African Cuckoo-Hawk, the Western Banded Snake Eagle, all these plus many other birds will make the birding tour to be inspiring and entertaining

Night in Maasai Mara


On this day we shall spend the full day in the vast Mara National Reserve birding, and viewing mammals The Maasai Mara Game Reserve offers good bird-watching any month of the year, however, the best birding session is from November to April when the migrant birds from Europe and North Africa show up. This correlates with the rainy season in the Mara ecosystem when many resident bird species are breeding. June to October are the dry season and tend to be best for general wildlife viewing. 

The Maasai Mara, as it is popularly called, is Kenya’s most well-known game reserve, and it boasts an astonishing amount of birds and wildlife. Unfenced, it is bounded in the east by the Ngama Hills, in the west by the Oloololo or Siria Escarpment, and to the south by the vast Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The celebrated  Maasai Mara is the northerly end of the Great Migration, that unrivaled primeval surge of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope that sweeps in from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Maasai Mara as the Tanzanian grass starts to fail. We expect to see first-class African big game and incredible numbers of mammals. The impressive black-maned Mara Lions are possibly the stars of the show; however, Cheetahs, leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Black-backed Jackals, and Serval Cats are present in good numbers. Other mammals we can expect to see include the Maasai Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Impala, Waterbuck, Topi, Coke’s Hartebeest, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles, Common Eland, Bohor Reedbuck, Banded and Egyptian Mongooses, Common Warthog and massive herds of African Elephant, African Buffalo, Plains Zebra, and Common Wildebeest. Bird  species we may find in  Maasai Mara Reserve include; Rufous-bellied Heron, Long-toed and African Wattled Lapwing, Black Coucal, Karamoja Apalis, Coqui Francolin, Schalow’s Turaco, White-tailed, Flappet, and Melodious Larks, Rosy-throated Longclaw, Sooty Chat, Pallid, Montague’s and Western Marsh Harriers, Greater, Common, and Lesser Kestrels, Amur Falcon on passage, Northern Black Flycatcher, Trilling, Tabora, Stout, Croaking, Desert, Pectoral-patch and rarely even the rare Black-backed Cisticolas

Night in Maasai Mara


After an early breakfast, we will depart on a final morning game drive in the Mara Reserve before making our way out of this vast wilderness and driving to Lake Naivasha a freshwater lake, 130 square kilometers in size located in the Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha, the highest lake in the Rift Valley, on a boating safari that promises to lay bare a plethora of the region’s amazing bird life. With Mount Longonot and Eburu Hills standing vigil in the distance. Lake Naivasha lies on the floor of the Great  Rift Valley and consists of a shallow freshwater lake surrounded by lush acacia woodland and open grassland. There is an abundance of dense vegetation framing the edge of the lake, making for great habitat for the abundant birds. Reeds line the lake’s shore and buffer the inlets of the Gilgil and Malewa Rivers. Lake Naivasha boasts a diverse waterbird community; the lake is home to several species of ducks and migrant waders. Pairs of beautiful African Fish Eagles will  be seen perching high on the Yellow-backed Acacia yowling out loudly

Night in Lake Naivasha


Do a morning boat ride on the main Lake. We shall look for bird species found in Lake Naivasha such as; Horus Swift, Grey-crested Helmet-Shrike, Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Schalow’s Wheatear, Great-crested Grebe, White-fronted Bee-eater, Lyne’s Cisticola among many waterbirds on the boat ride. Later in the afternoon drive to Kinangop Plateau for the endemic Sharpe’s Longclaw, and other localized bird species such as; Jackson’s, Long-tailed and Red-collared Widowbirds, Levaillant’s, Aberdare, Wing Snapping, Winding, and Hunter’s  Cisticolas, and African Snipe

Night in Lake Naivasha 


The Kenya birding tour continues to Lake Baringo, Check in at the hotel, refresh for a few minutes, then do an evening walk around the hotel looking for the area’s specialties.


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Three-banded Courser

With the help of the local  guide, we shall search for area specialties such as; Northern White-faced & African Scops Owls, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Slender-tailed NightjarThree-banded Courser, Brown-tailed Rock Chat,  Bristle-crowned Starling, Hemprich’s & Jackson’s Hornbills, Green-winged Pytilia, Red & Yellow Barbet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Black-headed Plover, Black-throated Barbet, Northern Crombec,  Somali Tit, Little, Golden-backed, Northern Masked, Lesser Masked & Black-headed Weavers, Northern Red Bishop, Red-fronted Warbler, Lanner Falcon, Verreaux’s Eagle, Blue-naped Mousebird, Red-fronted Barbet, Pygmy Batis

Night in Lake Baringo


Morning cliff walk later evening go for the nocturnal species; Lake Baringo is truly a birding heaven that never falls short of exciting birders for its effortlessly seen birds

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Pearl-spotted Owlet

More than 400 bird species have been recorded in Lake Baringo, on a good birding day it’s possible to see over 200 species. Birdwatching in Lake  Baringo is done early morning and late afternoon when birds are active. Lake Baringo has 7 islands, namely Lokoros, Rongena, Lengai, Sarmatian, Olkokwa, Parmolos, and Devil’s Island. The largest of them is called Olkokwe. In the Ilchamus language, Olkokwe means a meeting place. Word has it that the abundance of fish has supported the crocodile population in such a way that the reptiles have shown no interest in humans and other mammals

Night in Lake Baringo


An early morning boat ride to search for the White-back Night Heron, Northern Red Bishop, Lesser Moorhen, Goliath Heron, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, and Senegal Thick-knee, later depart to Kakamega Forest through Kerio valley. We shall have several stopovers along the scenic Tugen Hills and Kerio Valley in search of some localized bird species found in the area such as; the Gambaga Flycatcher, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Mocking Cliff Chat, Boran Cisticola, White-crested Turaco. Lunch will be also in an establishment, where birding is usually rewarding due to its location, at the top cliff, where during the bird migration, you may be lucky to see hundreds of different raptors taking advantage of the thermals from the valley to soar high. The Kerio Valley escarpment rises some 1500 meters above the Rift Valley floor. The valley is bisected by the Kerio River flowing north towards Lake Turkana, with Lake Kamnarok lying on the floor of the valley it hosts more than 600 African Elephants and a huge number of Nile Crocodiles

Night in Kakamega Forest



Morning and afternoon walk in the forest  Kakamega Forest is a rain forest easternmost remnant of once continuous forest spreading from the Congo basin to East Africa and Central Africa, the forest has 380 tree species, and 410 bird different species of which 194 species are forest-dependent, two globally threatened bird species are known to occur in Kakamega forest; Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eremomela. Birdwatching in Kakamega forest is productive in the morning and late afternoon when the bird parties are actively feeding and singing

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Kakamega Forest

Night in Kakamega Forest


Have morning breakfast and, then leave for Lake Nakuru National Park. We shall have a stopover at Timboroa Dam/ Lake Narusha  to look for the Lesser Jacana and other interesting water birds that inhabit the dam

Birding in Lake Nakuru National Park is regarded as “the greatest ornithological spectacle in the planet due to the high flock of the finicky Lesser Flamingos which feeds on the blue-green algae abundant in the lake. The acacia woodland around  Lake Nakuru is a fine example of this habitat, and we’ll search for bird species such as the Red-throated Wryneck, Arrow-marked Babbler, Hildebrandt’s Francolins, and Grey-crested Helmet Shrike. The park is an excellent birdwatching destination in Kenya with more than 450  bird species recorded 

Lake Nakuru National Park is rich in wildlife which includes the Rothschild’s Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Southern Rock Python, Defassa Waterbuck, Silver-backed Jackal, Eland, Hippopotamus, both Black and White Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Spotted Hyena

Night in Lake Nakuru National Park



Early morning breakfast and check-out from the lodge, we shall drive slowly searching for whatever species we may have missed in our earlier birding session, and later depart to Nyeri with a stop-over in Nyahururu for lunch and short birdwatching around the famous Thomson’s Fall, here we shall look for bird species such as the Slender-billed Starling, African Black Duck, Hunter’s, Cisticola, Golden-winged & Tacazze Sunbirds, Sharpe’s StarlingSilvery-cheeked Hornbill, Scarce Swift, Highland Rush Warbler, Purple-throated Cuckooshrike, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Savi’s Warbler may be heard calling on the reeds, 


Night in Nyeri


We shall have an early morning rise, to go look for the endemic Hindes Babbler and localized Cape Eagle Owl and later proceed to Shaba Game Reserve, located just north of the equator in the rain-shadow of Mount Kenya three separate reserves, Shaba, Buffalo Springs, and Samburu protect a combined 40 kilometers square of mountains, plains, savannah, and scrub desert. Set along the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro River this stunning wilderness area is not as well-known as other reserves, which offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Kenyan wilderness away from the crowds. This remote reserve is probably most famous, among birders, for its populations of the rare and little-known endemic Williams’s Lark.

Williams’s Lark appears to be strongly connected to the lava fields in this part of its tiny range and this will be one of the undoubted specials to find in Shaba. Birding here can also usually be extremely productive and we are likely to see many other beautiful species 

Night in Shaba


Shaba is known as one of the most scenically attractive reserves in Kenya, and together with neighboring reserves – Buffalo Springs and Samburu, they boast a unique collection of the game only found in this region, including Reticulated Giraffe, the attractive Grevy’s Zebra, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, and Beisa Oryx.

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Reticulated Giraffe

The three reserves are punctuated by the Ewaso Ng’iro River which provides superb riverine woodland habitat that truly stands out from the surrounding dry scrub. Early Morning birding looking for Kenya’s North of Equator specialties namely:  Vulturine Guineafowl, Somali Ostrich, Somali Bee-eater, Denham’s Bustard, Stone Partridge, William’s Lark, Donald-Smith’s Sparrow Weaver, Singing Bush Lark, Pink breasted Lark, Somali Crombec, White-headed Mousebird.

Accommodation in Shaba National Reserve


After morning breakfast, we shall spend the morning in search of any species we might still need and then depart to Nairobi. Accommodation will be inside the Swara Plains Wildlife Conservancy, the place teems with both birds and wildlife.

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Fan-tailed Raven

Depending on the arrival time, we shall do birding around the 20,000 hectares of the sanctuary on the many trails. The Swara Acacia Lodge organizes a night drive on request

Night in Swara Acacia Lodge



Early morning drive around the Swara Plains searching for some interesting bird species found in the area which include; the Red-throated Tit( Endemic to Kenya and Tanzania), Brubru, d’Arnaud’s Barbet, Von der Decken’s Hornbill, Short-tailed Lark, Athi Short-toed Lark, White-tailed Lark, Abyssinian ScimitarbillOrange-breasted Waxbill, African Hoopoe, Lilac-breasted Roller. Also, some sightings of Mammals that migrate from Nairobi National Park; Maasai Giraffes, Impalas, Grant’s and Thomson’s Gazelles, Vervet & Kolb’s Monkeys. Depart to Tsavo National Park afterward. Proceed with the safari towards Kiboko along Mombasa road, where lunch will be served, a nice and amazing area to do birding before the lunch is ready. We shall have around for a couple of minutes,  a wetland plus huge fruiting fig trees which attract birds may offer or add new bird species for the tour

Bird species likely to be seen in Kiboko

Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Black-headed Heron, Retz’s Helmet shrike, African Grey Hornbill, Crowned Hornbill, African Golden Weaver, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Golden Palm Weaver

Entering the Tsavo West National  Park in the late afternoon, we’ll make our way through the immense bird and mammal-rich Park, driving slowly as we bird watch/game view the lodge. Over 60 species of mammals occur in the park, including the scarce and elusive Lesser Kudu and African Wild Dog, while Lion, Spotted Hyena, Yellow-spotted Hyrax, Banded and Dwarf Mongooses, Beisa Oryx, and Coke’s Hartebeest are expected

Accommodation in Tsavo West 


Have an early breakfast; with packed lunch slowly do birding in the Park, an area worthy of visiting Mzima Springs, where walking/birding on foot is allowed. Tsavo West National Park is one of the excellent places in Kenya for birdwatching. Tsavo ecosystem holds an assemblage of different bird species, the park is home to more than 400 species. Tsavo West National Park is also famous for the annual bird ringing at the Ngulia Safari Lodge with thousands of European and Asian Palearctic migrants on their way south, which happens every year in the months of November and December.

Bird Checklist in Tsavo West National Park; Taita Falcon, Black-bellied Sunbird, Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Chestnut Sparrow, Wattled Starling, White-naped Raven, White Helmet Shrike, Rosy patched Bush-Shrike, Slate-coloured Boubou, Taita Fiscal, Beautiful Sunbird, Hunter’s Sunbird, Scaly Chatterer, Rufous Chatterer, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Friedmann’s Lark, Bare-eyed Thrush, Fire-fronted Bishop, Northern Brownbul, Straw-tailed Whydah. If times allow we shall drive to Lake Jipe for the Taveta Golden Weaver, Hartlaub’s Bustard, and leopards that hang their prey on acacia trees along the road. Later proceed to  Taita Hills


This morning we will have an early start at six on the dot and start the ascending drive to Ngango forest- the second largest forest in the Taita hills. The forest is special in that it hosts all three endemic birds of Taita Hill. The Taita Hills cover an area of 1000 kilometers square and they form the northernmost part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are isolated from other mountainous areas to the southeast (Shimba Hills), south (Pare and the Usambara Mountains), southwest (Mount Kilimanjaro), west (Ngulia and Chyulu Hills), and northwest (Kenyan Highlands) by the vast plains of Tsavo National Park

Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin

Taita Thrush, Taita Apalis, Taita White Eye, Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Eastern Bearded Scrub Robin, Placid Greenbul, Narina Trogon, Silvery cheeked Hornbill, Mustached Green Tinkerbird, Pale Flycatcher, Yellowbill, Striped Pipit, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Evergreen forest Warbler, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Ruppell’s Robin-Chat. Birding in  Taita Hills will involve walking quietly inside the forest with the help of an experienced community guide, we shall be relying more on the call and sounds made by the thrushes as they turn the dry leaf litter as they search for food. Afterward, we shall depart for  Arabuko Sokoke forest, with a stop-over along the way for lunch.

Accommodation in Watamu



Arabuko Sokoke Reserve covers 420 square kilometers of coastal forest consisting of Brachystegia woodland, dense Cynometra forest, and Afzelia lowland forest that offers some of the finest birding in East Africa. Birding in the forest can be difficult and patience is required to find the shyer forest dwellers. Species of birds to keep an eye for may include; the Green Malkoha, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Mombasa Woodpecker, Scaly-throated and Pallid Honeyguide, Fischer’s and Lowland Tiny Greenbuls, the captivating Little Yellow Flycatcher, Black-headed Apalis, Eastern Nicator, Bearded Scrub Robin, Red-tailed Rufous Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Pale and Forest Batis, Retz’s and Chestnut-fronted Helmetshrikes, and the striking  Four-colored Bushshrike. Dry trees are preferred roosting for many bird species and definitely worth checking for Green Tinkerbirds, White-eared and Green Barbets, and raptors including Southern Banded Snake Eagle. Flocks of Bohm’s Spinetail and Ethiopian Swallow may be seen soaring overhead while the scarce Forbe’s-Watson’s Swift is another species to watch out for. Along the forest edge, we may find the Fischer’s Turaco, Mangrove Kingfisher, the dazzling Red-throated Twinspot, and the elusive and skulking Scaly Babblers always in small groups, which feed by hopping across the ground.

Accommodation in Watamu


Spend the morning hours in the forest looking for rare birds such as the near-endemic Sokoke Pipit which creep across the forest floor and are hard to see amongst the leaf litter. The exquisite East Coast Akalat a shy undergrowth skulker and other bird species include the endemic and little-known Kilifi Weaver, totally restricted to the East Coast of Kenya Forest, and the extremely localized Amani Sunbird. In the afternoon with the help of the local guide drive to Cynometra forest and the thickets to search for the tiny Sokoke Scops Owl in their roosting trees. On our way back will look for Fiery-necked Nightjar and African Wood Owls which may be encountered feeding on the sides of the nature trails. Mammals we hope to see in Arabuko Sokoke forest include the Blue Monkey, the tiny Blue Duiker, the Golden-rumped ElephantShrew, the Caracal, and the African Civet

Accommodation in Watamu



We shall have an early morning breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, and visit Mida Creek. The creek is home to many migratory birds and a crucial protected area for their survival. This makes Mida Creek one of the most cardinal and glamorous natural attractions on the Kenyan coast. Counts of over 6,000 waders have been made on Mida Creek including seven species that are regionally threatened. The mangrove forests around the edge of the creek are also important roosting places. The populations of Greater and Lesser Sandplover and Crab-plovers at Mida Creek are internationally important. Mida Creek is a significant feeding area for Dimorphic Egrets, Lesser Crested, and Roseate Terns. Common migrant shorebirds here include Sanderling, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Whimbrel, Grey Plover, and Greater and Lesser Sandplover. Birding in Mida Creek is conducted on foot