Sunday 06.11.2011, I went to Technopole. I was hoping to find that European Spoonbills, Godwits and Whimbrels had arrived from Europe – and preferably ringed, so I could report back. I didn’t encounter any of those. On top of all the usual suspects; 7 – 8 species of herons/egrets, the two species of comorants, Little Grebe, Osprey, Black Kite, Pied Crown, Pied Kingfisher, White-faced Whistling Ducks, Pied Kingfisher, Black-winged Stilts, Common Sandpipers and Wood Sandpipers, some gulls and terns I found a handful of Showelers enjoying the calmness of the lake.
However, the morning ended up as a hunt for warblers and different subspecies of Yellow Wagtails of different sub-species, and they were numerous.
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