Friday, 12 December 2014

Gambia (Day 5) 7th December 2014

Brown Snake Eagle

Man controlling the AC on mini-bus

Day 5

Farabanta Bush Track and Bird Hide, Bonto Forest

Tijan searching the rice fields.

Grey Woodpecer

Palm Nut Vulures

Black-winged Red Bishop

One of a few still in colourful plumage. 

Western Banded Snake Eagle

We left Tendaba and headed back to the coast. Birding along the way proved tough, not too many new trip birds. Tijan called a local guide who as waiting at the roadside when we arrived. Our journey now off road, through wood and scrubland took us to a concealed hide. The feeding station consisted of a large concrete table, the edges covered in lose bark, branches straddled the shallow water pools. It provided an excellent photography opportunity, the birds being close and almost eye level. (Perhaps the wildlife trust will think about similar ideas in Northumberland?)

Red-cheeked Cordon Bleu

Black-billed Wood Dove

Yellow-fronted Canary

Common Bulbul

African Thrush

Lavender Waxbill

Little Weaver

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

The feeding station along the bush track.

Greater Honeyguide


Finally a stop at Bonto Forest then back to the Senegambia Hotel.

White-faced Scops Owl

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