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






Gonolek


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


White-faced Scops Owl




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