Eurasian Spoonbill, Tuti, 15 October 2010
Nikolaus describes Pallid Swift as rare anywhere in the country away from Jebel Marra (hills in Darfur), though he does include a sighting from Khartoum. There were several flying around over the north end of the island, allowing poor but identifiable photos.
Pallid Swift, Tuti 15 October 2010
New passerines included Common redstart, Blue Rock Thrush and Chiffchaff. There were still quite a few Lesser Whitethroats around. There were several large kettles of soaring Kites, each numbering several hundred. I wondered whether these might have been migrating Black Kites, rather than the resident Yellow-billed Kite shown in the photo below. They were flying too high to be sure. Many authorities now regard these two forms as separate species.
Yellow-billed Kite, Tuti 15 October 2010
Another interesting raptor that showed well was a dark morph Gabar Goshawk. It was in the same tree as the pale morph bird I photographed a couple of weeks ago and published here.
Dark phase Gabar Goshawk, Tuti 15 October 2010