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Gambia Tujereng Lagoons day 16

19th January 2020

Slender-billed Gull at what’s left of Tujereng Lagoons

I was up early again to make that 5 mile walk to Tujereng Lagoons as we both relaxed yesterday after the crazy occurrence the day before with the Caspian Plover. I wanted to get better views of the Palm Nut Vulture that we had briefly over the lagoons on that day. On the way there I picked up a second hand bike and when I arrived at the lagoons, I found Chris Lamsdale, from Suffolk, leading a small ringing group. He told me that the vulture was flying around earlier on. I relocated the Caspian Plover, put them on it and then joined them for an hours ringing and was rewarded with flight views of the vulture. The only bird of interest for me that they trapped was a Variable Sunbird and it wasn’t a smart male. They released it and then packed up and left me to roam the area alone. It was kinda of the same species of two days ago except for a Honey Buzzard overhead and a cracking Slender-billed Gull came in for a drink on the only body of water available. A tiny pool but it also was attracting herons and egrets . Clive Borrows arrived with other birders and pointed out a Beaudouin’s snake Eagle. Ideal and I helped him relocate the plover that they had twitched for.

First thing this morning sa I walked to Tujereng Lagoons from Mamuda

Palm Nut Vulture

This Abyssinian Roller was teasing us perched on top of the ringing nets

Variable Sunbird

This cracking Slender-billed Gull came in for a bath before moving on

Iberian Wagtail

I just got onto this Honey Buzzard a long ways off before in flew of further inland

Note the tail end of a snake or lizard poking out from this Beaudouin’s snake Eagle .

The CASPIAN PLOVER showed well but the sun was not on my side today while I was there

Crimson Speckled are pretty common on the West coast

It had now gone two and I needed to get back to join Graham and watch his team Liverpool against United at Janbanjelly. I was only ten minutes to the digs and there on the back of a cow were 2 Yellow-billed Oxpecker. They both got up and flew off high north. It was nearly 16.00 when I got back and I couldn’t be bothered to cycle another forty five minutes in the blistering sun, on deep sandy tracks that pull you off as you cycle and there is only one gear to work on. Anyways, it looks like Liverpool have ‘The Premiership’ title in sight with a game in hand.

Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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