This settled the matter! I asked my hostess for the key to her gate (which faces the water body) but even while she was getting it, I saw these
resting in the water:
But alas, as she opened the gates, many of the visitors walked in, and that immediately alerted the water-birds, which rose up in the air:
This was ironic...one set of visitors scaring another lot (the migrant birds) away!
Since I know that water birds and waders are always very shy, I was not very disappointed, but looked up as a formation of
flew past as well....
The sun began to sink, behind the Acacia:
Pretty happy with my tiny slice of bird-watching, I was content to go back Om: