The Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius) is a bird of sub-Saharan Africa ranging from the Sahel south to Angola. Its name is slightly deceptive since the species became extinct in Egypt in the early 20th century. The birds are most common in the Sahel where they are most easily seen on sand bars of river channels, i.e. their typical habitat. Accordingly, I saw and photographed a couple of Egyptian Plovers on the banks of the Niger within the difficult to reach National Park of Upper Niger, Guinea, in March 2012. The birds were undisturbed by my presence and continued to hunt insects, mainly small butterflies, which settled on the sand bank in the thousands. The birds also lay and bury their eggs on sand bars where they are incubated by the sun and the warm sediments. Furthermore, the species is often refered to as the “crocodile bird” (or in German “Krokodilwächter”) as tales exist since ancient times that the birds pick carrion from the gaping mouths of crocodiles – a behaviour, however, which has never been documented in modern days.