Interesting happenings at Besor. The reservoir reconstruction continues and now about half the dry bed has been dug down by about 1.5 - 2.0 m. In some places the water table is showing through with fresh water in the equipment tracks. This morning Bluethroats were the order of the day - I saw 25-30 in the small area I checked with many others calling in the undergrowth so maybe triple figures in the reservoir basin? They were the commonest bird (bar spadgers, hoodies and bulbuls). Took a lot of photos as they came to the puddle to bathe.
Bluethroats have a knack of looking immaculate even after bathing in less than clean water.
Also, in the dry parts, quail jumping up from under my feet. Six or seven times. More interesting was the number of Namaqua Doves - at least a dozen, including juveniles. With no rain yet I guess they've come in for the water.
Finally a Purple Heron here. About time!
This is mainly a record of some of the birds I've seen. Many of the images are, at best, record shots.
Friday, 27 October 2017
Besor updates - large numbers of Bluethroats and Namaqua Doves
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