Started the day heading towards the entrance gate into the Serengeti, stopping to look at a perched Long-crested Eagle and a Flappet Lark. Once inside the national park we saw our first Yellow-throated Longclaw, as well as Black-faced Sandgrouse and another Cheetah.
Moving on, a European Honey Buzzard flew over, and at a big open area a flock of Caspian Plovers were seen, plus a Diederik Cuckoo.
The weather was warming up after a cloudy start so mammal activity was low, hence a group of 3 Lions sunning themselves on some rocks hardly moved. More interest from us came in the form of a Grey-headed Silverbill collecting nesting material and frequently flying in front of us to its nest.
We then drove for quite a long time to our picnic spot and after eating, a random bit of owlet tape produced a pair of Red-throated Tits. We’d given up on seeing this species so were elated to finally catch up with them. A pair of Long-tailed Cisticolas also came in and that was also a big surprise, and our first Yellow-spotted Petronias were more expected.
Continuing on to another rocky area we saw 2 Verreaux’s Eagles soaring in the clear blue sky, several Cinnamon-breasted Rock-Buntings, Long-billed Pipit, a perched Martial Eagle and amazingly a pair of Sooty Chats – another unexpected species.