THE GAMBIA - JAN 2009

THE GAMBIA IS WELL KNOWN AS A TOP WINTER BIRDING DESTINATION. A LARGE VARIETY OF RESIDENT WEST AFRICAN SPECIALITIES CAN BE EASILY FOUND ALONGSIDE WINTERING EUROPEAN MIGRANTS. CAROLINE AND MYSELF SPENT FOUR DAYS / THREE NIGHTS INLAND AND THE REMAINDER OF OUR FORTNIGHT ON THE COAST. BIRDING IS GENERALLY EASY WHILE MANY BIRDS ARE BOTH COLOURFUL AND APPROACHABLE - A PHOTOGRAPHERS DREAM... alig

OUR HIGHLY RECOMMENDED GUIDE/DRIVER, TIJAN KANTEH (SEE PIC), IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST RESPECTED BIRD GUIDES. HE IS A REALLY GOOD AND GENUINE MAN - AND AN RSPB LIFE MEMBER TOO! THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY EVERYONE SEEMED TO KNOW TIJAN - EVEN THE BORDER POLICE, WHO PERSONALLY ESCORTED US INTO SENEGAL FOR AN AFTERNOON'S BIRDING! TIJAN CAN BE CONTACTED AT tijanthebirdman@yahoo.com

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SNOWY CROWNED ROBIN CHAT -  ABUKO FOREST, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


GIANT KINGFISHER -  ABUKO FOREST, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

WESTERN RED COLOBUS -  ABUKO FOREST, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

 

EGYPTIAN PLOVER -  N'JAU, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

AFRICAN HARRIER HAWK - SUKUTA, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 PURPLE GLOSSY STARLING - SUKUTA, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill - NR. Farafenni, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

Northern Carmine Bee Eaters - NR. Farafenni, Gambia; JAN 2009


 

 AFRICAN JACANA - KOTU, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

LITTLE BEE EATER - KOTU, THE GAMBIA: JAN 2009


 

African Monarch (Danaus chrysippus) - Tujareng, Gambia: JAN 2009


 

TIJAN & TAXI - Tujareng, Gambia: JAN 2009


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