August 1-2 Technopole
August is the main month for rain in Dakar and, on cue, a brief, heavy storm converted my local road to a river. At Technopole, the two skimmers are still the highlight.
Ruff numbers are increasing quickly and with 50 or so this is now the most numerous Palearctic wader. The first marsh sandpiper arrived on 1st and green sandpiper and black tern on 2nd. On the latter date the main lake was suddenly full of great white pelicans, with more than 400. I imagine these are birds returning north towards Djoudj and other breeding sites.
Technopole is also a working landscape; the lush grass is being bagged up for the city’s livestock and fishing with hand nets busier as the lake level rises.
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The defunct, twin volcanoes of Mamelles, in Dakar’s Ouakam arrondissement, with Cape Verde Shearwaters and Bottle-nosed Dolphins. The rocky coast of Dakar, forming the Cap Vert Important Bird Area, is an outstanding site for seabirds (photo: P. Robinson). Technopole and its numerous waders, herons, gulls, terns and other waterbirds (including Greater Flamingos when conditions are right) is one of the best sites for birds in the greater Dakar region (photos: B. Piot)
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