This time he brought his scope. It proved to be invaluable as he picked up an unusual bird at the edge of some distant reeds.
Allen's gallinule 1
Allen's gallinule 2
In Mauritania it is only regular in the Senegal River delta area. However there is a recent record of one roaming as far north as Dakhla in western Sahara which is directly north of Mauritania.
Allen's gallinule 3
North Noaukchott Lake is fresh water and should be attractive to such a species.Time will tell whether this is just a roaming bird.
Otherwise the lake held very similar species to two weeks ago. All five duck species were still present: marbled duck, wigeon, northern shoveller, pintail and teal. Though in each case numbers were down.
Only one each of wigeon and marbled duck were observed this time.
Northern shoveller remains the most numerous duck.
While duck numbers are down, waders are up. There are more common sandpiper, wood sandpiper and green sandpiper around than all winter at the moment. Three common snipe were observed too. However more common ringed plover were present than any other wader this time.
common ringed plover
I could only locate one of the two black-necked grebe which have been wintering here. Though this has happened before, only for me to see two the next time.
Not long before we left, a mixed flock of gull arrived. Most as ever were black-headed gull with a few Meditteranean gull mixed in.