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Gambia Kartong Day 31

3rd February 2020

I was pleased in finding this Striped Kingfisher and was told later that there are only one or two records a year in the Kartong area.

I headed south to Katong for my second visit to the reserve. At 08.00 I arrived at the first pool that is still holding water as the others, as I found out later, have almost dried up. 2 African Spoonbill were feeding with a single Snipe and female Painted Snipe. I decided to cut across following the acacias on the west side nearest to the beach but it was pretty quiet. As a result, I took to the open area and heard both Tree and Red-throated Pipit with the usual stuff seen like Blue-bellied and Abyssinian Roller and herons and egrets.

African Spoonbill glowing from the rising sun

Woodchat Shrike

Male Variable Sunbird

It’s hard work identifying female sunbird with no field guide

I carried on walking towards the Senegal border and after seeing one earlier, I was treated to a singing Nightingale. I didn’t venture towards the beach where I saw the Northern Carmine Bee-eater on my last visit but headed further inland following the acacias. Both Western Bonelli’s and Olivaceous Warbler were in good numbers feeding in the trees and a pair of Battis were a new species for me. I spotted a Stiped Kingfusher low in one of the acacias that showed superbly at very close range. Out in the open from the trees there were a Black-shouldered Kite perched up with Blue-cheeked Bee-eater and Mosque Swallow. I finished the early afternoon in the same way that I did on my last visit with 4 Red-billed Oxpecker sounding like the rattle of the call of a Mistle Thrush, as they flew off from the donkeys that they were on.

Acacias Trees

Western Bonellli’s Warbler

Stiped Kingfisher

Black-shouldered Kite

Mosque Swallow

Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

Yesterday, as Graham had 2 Double-banded Sandgrouse in the same fields as last time with 4 Temmink’s Courser. I stopped off on my return just twenty minute walk from our digs and found that the the original 6 Temmink’s Courser were back together in the newly planted Cashew plantation but no sign of the sandgrouse. Also, later in the evening, while cycling back from Sanyang, I got some cracking views of a Senegal Bushbaby in the beam of my head touch.

skipper sp?

Male Splended Sunbird


just got to the 6 Temmink’s courser lying on my belly before the sun went down.

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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