Gull-billed Tern at Lake Ngami

04 June 2011: Well-known local birders Ken Oake and Richard Randall recently reported a Gull-billed Tern at Lake Ngami. Grant Reed went out there on today to have a look but didn’t manage to find the bird. The lake however is looking magnificent although it is virtually impossible to access from land at this stage as the shoreline has migrated far into the acacia woodlands and is likely to rise even higher this year as record floods flow down the Kunyere river system to empty into the lake. Birding on the lake is spectacular once you get a boat out onto the open water with thousands of birds in the sky and on the water. Hopefully further searching will result in a sighting of the Gull-billed Tern which would be a first for most Botswana birders.

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