March 29th Pirang/Bush Track

Today was to be a full days birding a little further inland but as we set off, we knew that things were going to be rather hot. We finally caught up with a Grey Kestrel on the way as well as a Black-winged Kite, Lizzard Buzzard and Shikra.
At Pirang, everything was dry – Wire-tailed Swallows swooped around and we picked up a Yellow-throated Longclaw on the track to the viewing point. All the shrimp pools were dry apart from a couple of damp patches that attracted a few herons. We added Mosque Swallow at the creek and African Mourning Dove back nearer the village.

We headed for the bush-track (having had a brief chat with Tijan’s sister in a nearby village). Quite soon we found a pair of African Hobbies at a best site but not much else at all initially. A flock of at least 30 Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters flew high overhead whilst we ate lunch.
A little further down the track was a far more productive area with the road lined with some denser vegetation. Here we saw Brown Snake Eagle, Sulphur-breated Bush-shrike, Northern Puffback, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, a female Black-faced Waxbill as well as Sunbirds and other small passerines.
We then tried for some Greyish Eagle Owls that were in the area but drew a blank, however a very nice African Golden Oriole showed well for us.
It was now about 39 degrees in the shade and things were getting unbearably hot so we headed for the woods at Pirang where we saw more Green Pigeons but little else.
Back at the hotel, we had our first Little Swifts of the trip accompanied by a Rufous-chested Swallow.

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