blue-naped mousebird 1
This was the first of four flocks I came across during the day. You can see the eponymous blue napes in the photos.
blue-naped mousebird 2
In a near-by tree, cattle egret were still roosting when I arrived.
female beautiful sunbird 1
female beautiful sunbird 2
A mobile flock of weavers flew by but I followed to where they landed. Most birds were village weaver which is a relatively large weaver.
Soon after the weavers, I observed the only African silverbill of the whole trip.
There were at least two types of brood parasite on the farms. I spotted a village indigobird and several pin-tailed whydah, both male and female.
female pin-tailed whydah
Pin-tailed whydah parasitises a wider range of Estradid finch particularly waxbills apparently.
male pin-tailed whydah
northern masked weaver
Village weaver was not the only weaver seen on Tuti Island. A small number of northern masked weaver were also observed.
black bush robin
Black bush robin were numerous in the wooded areas in the farms. They seem to inhabit roughly the same habitat as Cretzschmar's babbler which is also known as white-faced babbler.
This babbler is very noisy and once the call is known they are easy to trace and find.
cut throat finch
One of the lifers for me on the trip was cut throat finch which seems to like perching out in the open.
White-browed coucal on the other hand is much larger bird which hides as soon as it is discovered. However it often leaves its head out in a position to see its surrounds. This bird is well known to me from sightings in south west Saudi Arabia.
rufous bush robin
graceful prinia 1
Two other familiar birds were graceful prinia and Namaqua dove. I only managed to gain photos of these birds at the end of the day's session.
graceful prinia 2
The reasons for the late photos were different. Graceful prinia were mostly keeping out of the direct sunlight which Namaqua dove wasn't that common.
female Namaqua dove
I am grateful to Tom Jenner for advice on where to visit and on some identifications. Tom was based in Khartoum until recently.
Species seen on Tuti Island
Little Ringed Plover
Spotted Sandgrouse (flock seen flying over the Nile heading north)
Western Yellow Wagtail