Technopole 10 August
Three days after the first prolonged, heavy rains, there was a sense of busy bird activity. The flooded car park was full of tadpoles and perhaps the same or their progenitors were being fed on vigorously by a mix of herons, egrets and cormorants on the smaller golf club pools
A southern grey shrike in a bush at the edge of the smaller pool was a surprise and only my second individual here. More time than usual was spent wandering along the western edge, where trees and shrubs border further market gardens. This produced two new species (after a recount, numbers 195 and 196 for the period of this blog since August 2011); a buffalo weaver perhaps northwards bound with the rains and a pair of yellow-fronted tinkerbirds.
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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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