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
Western Marsh Harrier
Short-toed Snake Eagle
Beaudouin's Snake Eagle
Brown Snake Eagle
African Harrier Hawk
Dark Chanting Goshawk
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
Me & the Wickster Tendaba Lodge
Our Transport as we traversed the length of the country.
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.
Tom 'sweat'n the small stuff'
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
Abyssinian Gound Hornbill
White-backed Night Heron
White Helmet Shrike
Grey-headed Bush Shrike
Gambia The Movie
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Make what you will of this...