Saturday, 8 March 2014

"Wham Bam thank you Gam (bia)"

What a difference 24 hours can make in birding.
A return trip to Africa's west coast at the end of January
with The Paranoid 1  The Wickster and Andy Collins.
This time venturing further in to the interior of Gambia for
some of those splendid upriver specialities.
Oh yes, we saw plenty of Raptors...
African Fish Eagle
Palm-nut Vulture
Hooded Vulture
White-backed Vulture
Ruppell's Vulture
Black Kite
Yellow-billed Kite
Pallid Harrier
Montagu's Harrier
Western Marsh Harrier
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Beaudouin's Snake Eagle
Brown Snake Eagle
African Harrier Hawk
Grasshopper Buzzard
Lizard Buzzard
Dark Chanting Goshawk
Honey Buzzard
Wahlberg's Eagle
Tawney Eagle
Martial Eagle
Grey Kestrel
Red-necked Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Yellow-billed Kite
Egyptian Plover
Badgers observations on a week in Africa.
By the end of the 1st day you stop trying to photograph/film
Hooded Vultures/Black Kites/Abyssinian Rollers (they are everywhere)
and enjoy that glorious weather.
By the end of day two...its too hot.
By the third day you automatically start speaking to everyone in broken English with a hint of
an African accent (oddly this includes the friends you went with). 
By day four you start enjoying cold showers at the camps after berating them at the start of the week.
By day five that shabby hotel room you left on the first day becomes five star luxury upon
your return.
Me & the Wickster Tendaba Lodge

Gambian River
Our Transport as we traversed the length of the country.
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Red-throated Bee-eater
Little Bee-eater
We were unfortunately too late for the Carmine Bee-eaters,
apparently at this time of year they follow the bush fires across the savanna.
Any reports coming out of Gambia regarding Badgers and arson are wholly fictitious.
Broad-billed Roller
"Africa Hot"
Tom 'sweat'n the small stuff'

Baobolong Camp
My favourite of the two camps we stayed at with evenings
consisting of Jul Brew and Standard-winged Nightjars.

We also saw...
Northern White-faced Owl
African Wood Owl
Verreaux's Eagle Owl
African Finfoot
Kitzlitz Plover
Kelp Gull
Slender-billed Gull
Abyssinian Gound Hornbill
White-spotted Flufftail
White-backed Night Heron
Marabou Stork
White Helmet Shrike
Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
Grey-headed Bush Shrike
Olivacious Warblers
Gambia The Movie 


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