A long drive north to Hawassa with just a quick stop at a roadside marsh yielding a singing Winding Cisticola, Black-and-white Mannikin, Red-collared Widowbird, Yellow Bishop, a flyover White-headed Vulture and some other common birds.
We eventually arrived at the very plush Haile Resort Hotel on the shores of Lake Hawassa around 4pm and went straight out into the garden which had a lovely view over the lake.
In a shady corner we watched 3 White-browed Robin-chats respond to the ipod very well indeed, plus our first Marsh Warbler showed quite well. There was also a pair of Brown-throated Wattle-eyes, White-rumped Babbler and this African Thrush.
Over the lake there were literally thousands of Barn Swallows, White-winged Terns, several Squacco Herons, Malachite Kingfishers, African Fish-eagles, Grey-headed Gulls and others.