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Gambia 6 Temmink’s Courser at Mamuda Day 27

30th January 2020

3 Temmink’s Courser were feeding in a field just twenty minutes walk from where were living at the moment that Graham found yesterday

Early start my ass! We watered the bananas and then Graham took me to the area where he had the courser and sandgrouse and after twenty minutes of searching, we got 3 Temmink’s Courser. However, they took flight and made a short hop into a nearby field but out of sight. It took me a good thirty minutes but relocated them with 3 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat in the far NW corner of a newly planted Cashew plantation. The next hour I got crippling views as I lay down and waited for them to come to me.

Great find by Graham with these Temmink’s Courser and payed off with all his hard work in sticking to a local patch in the Mamuda area.

Also overhead at mid-day, there was a movement of 100+Hooded Vulture going east, inland, and with them were single Booted and Tawny Eagle, Honey Buzzard, 3 Osprey and good numbers of Yellow-billed and Black Kite. Other raptors in the area included 2 Dark-chantering Goshawk, Red-necked Falcon, Kestrel and a single Black-shouldered Kite while other birds of note were single Woodchat Shrike and Hoopoe and 16 Yellow Wagtail. All this and the coursers only a twenty minutes walk from where we are living at the moment!

Record shot of a high flying Booted Eagle

Tawny Eagle

Dark-chanting Goshawk

Woodchat Shrike

Up to 16 Yellow Wagtail were in the same fields as the coursers

Palm Swift

Rufus Cisticola

Citrus Swallowtail Thanks for Ritchie Aston for the identification on this butterfly


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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