Technopole 2 May
This time of year sees perhaps the lowest total numbers of waterbirds here, fewer than 500 from a rough and lazy count, but still new arrivals. After last year’s bumper breeding season of black-winged stilts, the first bird appeared to be sitting on a half hidden nest platform and a hundred or so others were maybe waiting for a further decline in the water levels. The 90 plus pink-backed pelicans (above) are a transitory feature. With huge numbers of common terns offshore, it was not a surprise to see 8 here amongst the gull-billed terns and slender-billed gulls.
Palearctic passerines are now nil, but some waders remain, predominantly common ringed plovers, a few summer plumaged little stints and one each of grey plover, sanderling, curlew sandpiper, common sandpiper, whimbrel and greenshank.
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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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