The Hottentot Teal is the smallest duck in the region. The blue-grey bill, dark crown and small size is diagnostic. The female (although similar to the male) has a slightly lighter/browner crown and in flight, trailing edges to secondaries are white. The bird above is a male.
African Sacred Ibis (Juvenile)
The juvenile African Sacred Ibis has a bare head and a spares feathered neck. I managed to snap this bird several times from a great distance. When I downloaded the photos I chose this one to share. I hope you can see it clearly enough!
At least when it lifted its head, I was able to snap it almost completely
Southern Pochard (Female)
The Southern Pochard male has a dark brown head and upper parts, with a red eye and pale blue-grey bill (with black nail). However, today I'm posting the Southern Pochard female which plumage is overall paler with a whitish crescent extending behind the eye. She has a brown bill and brown eye. Next week I'll post the male and the pair together.
A closer image of the Southern Pochard (female)
Close below the bird hide we photographed several small waders who feed on the shores. I was thrilled to see the Three-banded Plover.
This is the only plover in the region with a double black breast band. It's a common resident, mostly sedentary but undergoes large scale movements in response to water levels.
I hadn't had one of these in my viewfinder since Mwadui days. (*sigh* how I miss Africa!)
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