Incubation and fledging for wood sandpiper totals c50 days, so it is not really a great surprise that 70 days after my last record from Technopole, in late April, the first birds are back, along with the first ruff of autumn; these two males retaining a few head feather of their eccentric breeding plumage. These are two of the most abundant wintering waders in West Africa, with around a million individuals leaving European and western Russian breeding grounds in our direction.
A rarer sighting, though I suspect a pair or two is resident and breeds here, was a typically half hidden male painted snipe, eluding the camera.
The black-tailed godwits were closer than at the weekend, having moved near to the road towards the golf course. Here is a breeding plumage adult.
Here a mix of breeding plumage and duller, presumably 2012 birds are lined up with the now obligatory image of one of the semi-resident Franklin’s gulls.
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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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