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13.G3. African Golden Oriole  Oriolus auratus 

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

We only had a brief view of one during the trip - so the best of a not very good bunch. Recognisable I think.

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44.G34. Blue-bellied Roller  Coracias cyanogaster Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018 Mandina Lodge           21.01.2018   A

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233.UK.56. Avocet  Recurvirostra avosetta     Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Upton Warren, Worcestershire           25.03.2018 Although this is only our thi

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14.G4. African Green Pigeon  Treron calvus 

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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15.G5. African Grey Hornbill   Tockus nasutus                      

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(m) Kairaba Hotel  16.01.2018

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(f) Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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16.G6. African Harrier Hawk   Polyboroides typus                 

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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17.G7. African Jacana  Actophilornis africanus

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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(Juvenile) Kartong       22.01.2018

There were quite a few juveniles her. We had never seen the youngsters before - I think they are very pretty.

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18.G8. African Mourning Dove  Streptopelia decipiens

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

As @Dave Williams says, there are a lot of Doves, and it is easy to forget to check them out.

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19.G9. African Palm Swift  Cypsiurus parvus

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

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Abuko Forest   14.01.2018

 

I struggled to even get them in the frame - they fly so fast and seemingly erratically. I think the shape, especially of the tail is reasonably clear.....

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20.G10. African Pied Hornbill  Tockus fasciatus

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Marakissa        17.01.2018

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

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The Gambia is quickly becoming a destination for serious ST birders! Great photos so far, @TonyQ!

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Great stuff! Envious of the Pied Hornbill, failed getting a Darter shot but saw one and the Mourning Dove, well I'll have another look , might have taken one without noticing!

The reason for my speedier approach this time is that I'm not too bothered about the PP.

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@TonyQ - great photos! I'm really looking forward to this series and your thoughts on The Gambia. 

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@xelas @Galana @Dave Williams Thank you

@ImSA84   (I don't know why I can't "tag" you!) Thank you. I will write a very short trip report on The Gambia. We really liked it - I think it is a great Winter destination - easy to get to (certainly from the UK) - the birding was really enjoyable. I can see us returning!

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21.G11. African Pygmy Kingfisher  Ceyx pictus

 

Abuko Forest   14.01.2018     

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We saw this, the smallest of the kingfishers in The Gambia, on a couple of occasions.

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22.G12. African Scops Owl  Otus senegalensis                    

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Lamin Rice Fields       14.01.2018

Only viewable from directly underneath it - so a bit of a strange angle!

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23.G13. African Spoonbill  Platalea alba

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Kotu     13.01.2018

We only saw these a couple of times -once very distant, and once this fly past.

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24.G14. African Thrush  Turdus pelios

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Kairaba Hotel  19.01.2018

Very Common

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25.G15. African Wattled Lapwing  Vanellus senegallus                    

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Mandina Lodge           23.01.2018

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26.G16. African Wood Owl  Strix woodfordi   

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Pirang Forest  15.01.2018

 

Pocal guides know where these birds roost. I found it difficult to see even when it was pointed out to me!

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27.G17. African Yellow White-eye  Zosterops senegalensis 

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Brufut  18.01.2018

 

A number of places have "jungle bars". You can buy a cold drink, or in one case a coffee, and sit in the shade watching the birds that come in to drink at the containers filled by the owner. Not the most photogenic background, but they are good places to rest in the heat of the day.

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28.G18. Allen's Gallinule  Porphyrio alleni 

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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Kartong           22.01.2018

Adults have red beak and legs. Babies are black and fluffy (supposedly). I think this one is on the verge of adulthood.

Here is a glimpse of an adult showing of red legs!

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Kartong           22.01.2018

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29.G19. Bar-tailed Godwit  Limosa lapponica

 

Tanji    18.01.2018

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30.G20. Bearded Barbet  Lybius dubius

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Mandina Lodge           20.01.2018

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Seen quite frequently, but never able to get very close.

It is an amazing bird - it looks like the winner of a children's "design a bird" competition.

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Dave Williams
1 hour ago, TonyQ said:

@xelas @Galana @Dave Williams Thank you

@ImSA84   (I don't know why I can't "tag" you!) Thank you. I will write a very short trip report on The Gambia. We really liked it - I think it is a great Winter destination - easy to get to (certainly from the UK) - the birding was really enjoyable. I can see us returning!

 

 

It's a lower case L in @lmSA84  Tony.

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