Friday, 31 August 2018

A walk near the fish market

Last Saturday, I went for a walk with a new work colleague near the coastal fish market. This was not a full blown birding session. My colleague is not a birder and birding was not the main objective.

However, there were some sightings:

  • A European cuckoo was seen for the second week running in the Nouakchott area
  • Many black tern are obviously migrating south. Unlike the other marsh terns, they primarily migrate along the coast
  • a nice flock of little egret were earnestly flying south over the sea
  • In contrast a larger flock of great white pelican were flying north. There is much movement all year of resident great white pelican moving back and forth between Banc d'Arguin and the Senegal River Delta
  • Very few gulls near the lagoon.

blue-cheeked bee-eater

black tern



migrating little egret

black tern. Immature left

great white pelican

Laughing Dove  
Namaqua Dove  
Common Cuckoo  
Common Sandpiper  
Common Redshank  
Audouin's Gull  
Lesser Black-backed Gull  
Black Tern  
Royal Tern  
Great Cormorant (White-breasted)  
Great White Pelican  
Little Egret  
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater  
Crested Lark  
Barn Swallow  
Sudan Golden Sparrow  


  1. I remember running 'non-birding' errands like this with you Rob... but there is just always one there... happy times!

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