8 August Technopole
The two African skimmers remain at Technopole, here in flight against the backdrop of Pikine. A piapiac, West Africa’s black magpie, flew over calling. I was surprised to find it was new to the site and so species 184.
Wader numbers continue to build up slowly, with the first counts of more than one for greenshank and common sandpiper today.
Over Baie de Ngor, an evening flight south of about 50 whimbrel on 6th was my first observation of the large autumn movement of this species along the coast at Dakar observed last year, most birds not stopping, though one and a common sandpiper were on my boulder-strewn beach at Virage.
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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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