Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Richard Toll, Northern Senegal, Late December 2016

Quite extreme habitat with soft sandy ground and sporadic bushes. Birds are thin on the ground but wintering migrants are present if you look hard enough. The recent east wind had really messed up the sky and it gave everything birds included a warm glow.

Temminck's Coursers

A very large Rat.

Little-ringed and Tundra Ringed Plover with Temminck's Coursers.

You wouldn't last long if you were a bird or insect that was a dead wood specialist

Cape Hare I think.

Southern Grey Shrike algeriensis

Southern Grey Shrike

End of the line for a juvenile Osprey.

Eurasian Hoopoe

Cricket Warbler.

Northern Wheatear and Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse

Tawny Pipit

Male Montagu's Harrier

Little Green Bee-eater

A warm coppery glow to crown and nape from some angles.

Yellow Wagtails

Local women washing and drying their bed sheets. The thorn bushes make good washing lines.

Black Scrub Robin and Black-headed Lapwings

Red-billed Quelea and Sudan Golden Sparrows.

Speckled-fronted Weaver

Chestnut-backed Sparrow Lark

Black-crowned Sparrow Lark

African Silverbill