Day 9 (Wednesday, 15th November)
Waking up early again for the second morning in a row, I made the same tracks northward up the beach. Despite a cursory look over the exposed rocks, where many of the waders had left for the exposed reef further out, I concentrated on the scrub behind the beach this morning. Early Pied Kingfishers and Lilac-breasted Rollers were again on the same perches as on the previous visit, with Common Bulbuls again the predominant species, and Rattling Cisticolas just as obvious. The Fischer’s Lovebirds made occasional appearances, and there was a flypast of a pair of larger parrots, which seemed to have the markings for Meyer’s (Brown), although this spot is out of their normal range. There were plenty of hirundines and Little Swifts flying over, the former having Lesser-striped Swallows in their count. The scrub became more interesting as the morning progressed. A rather exotic call from deep with a bush pinpointed a very skulking bird, which eventually gave tantalising views and the identity of Tropical Boubou. A female Zanzibar Bishop was followed by a stunning male, which landed briefly before flying over the wall into the next tree lined area, but was followed and tracked down easily. White-browed Coucals were calling constantly but too distant to see. Parrot-billed Sparrows were again in the area, along with a very timid Black-headed Heron.