Friday, 12 December 2014

Gambia 1 (3rd December)

Gambia 3rd – 10th December

Well a break from the patch last week. The offer of a trip o Africa in December was quickly snapped up. The travelling there was a bit of a pain but all was forgotten when we walked across the runway at Banjul Airport a warmish 30°C (compared with -3°C  and the iced windscreen before we set off.).

First photo of the trip, Plantain-eater.

Spur-winged Plover

Greeted by Tijan Kanteh our friend (and guide for the week), we dropped off bags and headed straight back out.
Kotu Sewage Works ..
.. herons, waders and much more to get the birding started.

Intermediate Egret

African Jacana

Lizard Buzzard

Kotu Bridge ..
..more waders, kingfishers and raptors

Abyssinan Roller
Can you believe that by the end of the week these hardly got a second glance?

Pied Kingfisher

Westen Reef Heron

White-faced Whistling Duck
Black Egret

Darter and Long-tailed Cormorant

Badala and the Cycle Track..
..finished the first day. All the while the ever present Hooded Vultures and Black Kites kept us company.

Finally food and chilled lager before an early night (having been awake for the last 24 hours).

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