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Gambia Tanji Reserve Day 32

4th Febuary 2020

i’ve seen a lot of Black-shouldered Kite while on the West coast and by far this individual has been the show off I’ve observed so far

At 08.30 this morning I was back at Tanji Reserve with the Chris and Denise Lamsdale and their handful of Gambian trainees. I just arrived in time to see them take a Western Subalpine Warbler out of the bag but it was not a male. Later on we trapped another possible female Moltoni’s Subalpine Warbler. A fallen out feather was taken for DNA. Also ringed out of interest in the next three hours that we had the nets up were, single Melodious Warbler, Zitting Citorcola, 3 Nightingale, African Grey-headed Woodpecker, Senegal Golgol, 2 Western Olivaceous Warbler and new for me, 2 female Northern Puffbacks. Another good sessions and I’ve been invited to join them all tomorrow on the south side of Tanji. I’ll see if I can get up in time.

Female Northern Puffback

Male Grey-headed Woodpecker

Senegal Cougal

Melodious Warbler

Western Subalpine Warbler


This Black-shouldered Kite gave me crippling views while it was busy preening before flying directly over me

There were up to 30 Blue-cheeked Bee-eater hawking above us while we were ringing

Returning home, like yesterday, I had a Palm-nut Vulture ten minutes from the digs. In the evening, I was returning from Banjanjelly after watching Shrewsbury lose 1-0 to the youngest Liverpool team in history. The moon was so bright that it was more like daytime. Bats were easy to see and I could even make out a very pale nightjar as it came in and landed to my right on the deck. A few seconds of searching for it with the head touch and I pinned down a female Standed-winged Nightjar and got cracking views only to see it take flight as I was trying to get my mobile out to take a photo.

The kids in my village, Mumuda, playing football

The Gambians, who I was watching the Liverpool-Shrewsbury game with, couldn’t work out why I jumped up and shouted when Shrewsbury scored until I told them that I was born in that town.

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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