Day 8 (Tuesday, 14th November)
After a full days journey from the Masai Mara to eventually arrive at Mombassa around midnight, the first day was spent slobbing around. This meant that an early morning sortie of the hotel area had to be done early morning on the second day. The original plan was to explore the reasonably sized hotel grounds, but the lure of a fairly quiet shoreline, which is usually full of locals looking to extol money from tourists, was too much, especially with some exposed rocks further along. This short trudge along the sand was worthwhile. The hotels had ended by now, leaving a partly scrub-covered backdrop to the beach, and the sand gave way to razor sharp rocks, and this heaved with wading birds. These were mainly Turnstones, Ringed Plover, and Pacific Golden Plover. I had half hoped for Kittlitz’s Plover here, but a much bigger prize was on offer in the guise of a pair of Crab Plovers. These had been searched for in Africa and Asia for some years, and the quarry present proved to be very approachable. Behind the beach I saw an early perched Lilac-breasted Roller and calling White-browed Coucal. Cisticolas were quite a prevalent species, and behaved well enough for identification as Rattling Cisticola, one of the most common members of the family in the area. After sifting through the waders, the scrubby habitat was explored. Common Bulbuls were the most common sight and sound, but Fischer’s Lovebird landed briefly, with Parrot-billed Sparrows more obliging. Emerald-spotted Wood-doves were in small numbers. On return to the hotel, the abundant Golden Palm-weavers were found to be stitching together some rudimentary nests.