2 February 2012.
As I wrote, we arrived at the building of the Gambian Birdwatchers Association.
Birds of prey flying around. Are they black kites, or yellow-billed kites? That is not an easy question, as both species look similar. Both have yellow bills. Completely yellow in yellow-billed kites; yellow with a black end in black kites; but one cannot always see that.
However, we saw a kite flying with a twig in its bill. Unmistakably, that bird was saying: “I am a yellow-billed kite, an all-year African resident. I am building my nest here. Unlike black kites, who will migrate back to Europe in spring.”
On the wall, and on trees, lizards. They are rainbow agamas.
On a tree, two green wood-hoopoes.
Back to Kotu sewage farm. Two wood sandpipers on a stone in the polluted water.
On a wire, an Abyssianian roller.
In a pond, four hamerkops. One climbs on the back of another bird.
Black-winged stilts. Spur-winged plovers. Grey heron. Striated heron.
Two painted snipes.
A black heron does it famous umbrella trick with its wings to catch fish.
A little egret standing in the water, and a squacco heron on a tree.
Over fifty white-faced whistling ducks.
Behind them, a long-tailed cormorant.
A commun bulbul singing on a tree.
Yesterday’s Abyssinian roller still sits on the corrugated iron roof. It dives, catches a mouse, and swallows it.
Panuccio, M., Agostini, N., Mellone, U., & Bogliani, G. (2013). Circannual variation in movement patterns of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans migrans): a review. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, DOI:10.1080/03949370.2013.812147
PDF in ResearchGate.net
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