Thursday, 17 May 2012

Al Dabbaseen Bridge - By Julie Dewilde

Friday, 11th of May

Location : 15°30’53 N,  32°27’50 E ; near the Al Dabbaseen bridge still under construction

I went to the Al Dabbaseen bridge, with Laurent. It was a very interesting place, quiet, with few human disturbance. We parked near the bridge. A lot of swallows were flying, among them ethiopian swallows, plain martins and a lot of african palm swift as well.

Ethiopian Swallow

From the bridge, we could see that the Nils was shallow and some tiny herbaceous islands where great egrets, little egrets and grey herons were gathered. A couple of african jacanas was flying and chased by spur-winged lapwings. A couple of senegal thick-knee was walking along the shore. Some terns were also flying and fishing : white-winged terns, whiskered terns and some gull-billed terns.
We walked along the Nile to the south, and saw 4 common squacco herons, some kittlitz plovers and some egyptian plovers. We arrived on a nice place with a lot of small herbaceous islands.

Herons and Egrets

Whiskered Tern

Islands in the Nile

We could observe 7 glossy ibises and 4 white-faced whistling-duck, a lot of long-tailed cormorants flying, great egrets and little egrets, grey herons, black-winged stilts, kittlitz plovers and one common ringed plover. Besides this, we could observe pied kingfisher, european bee-eater, and a couple of  blue-cheeked bee-eaters.

Glossy Ibises and White-faced Whistling Ducks

Little Egrets

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Far away, we could see a big flock of birds, but too far to identify the ducks/birds. Fortunately (or unfortunately) a car drove and scared the flock who flew in our direction. Among them, about 15 fulvous whistling-duck, 15 little egrets, 35 long-tailed cormorants and three hottentot teals which landed in front of us which were my first ones in Sudan.

Fulvous Whistling Ducks

Hottentot Teals

List of birds observed :
- cattle egrets : 20
- great egrets : 19
- little egrets : 21
- spur-winged lapwings : 20
- grey herons : 16
- kittlitz plovers : 9
- gull-billed terns : 7
- white-winged tern : 15
- whiskered terns : 20
- senegal thick-knee : 2
- african jacana : 2
- black-winged stilt : 3
- common squacco herons : 4
- long-tailed cormorants : 42
- white-faced whistling duck : 7
- fulvous whistling duck : 18
- glossy ibises : 7
- egyptian plover : 3
- common ringed plover : 1
- Hottentot teal : 3
- Pied kingfisher : 1
- blue-cheeked bee-eaters : 2
- european bee-eaters : 2
- ethiopian swallows
- plain martin
- palm swifts


  1. Thanks to your wonderful presentation on birds to the year one class last week, I have started to listen more carefully and look more carefully for different birds. For the last few weeks I have been blaming mice, rats and even monkeys for destroying the mangoes in our tree. Today I found out its a blue naped mousebird. While I still feel a bit hard done by (they scratch and consume only a little of each mango) they are very interesting to watch and are very acrobatic. Thanks for the eye opener.

  2. You're welcome Sabine. It was a real pleasure to speak to your group of wonderful students last week. It would be great if one or two picked up an interest in birds. I also love mousebirds, as they have so much character.