|giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) (M)|
|giant kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) (F)|
|grey heron (Ardea cinerea)|
|African darter (Anhinga rufa),|
|black-necked weaver (Ploceus nigricollis)|
|red-bellied paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone rufiventer)|
|grey-headed bristlebill (Bleda canicapillus)|
|blue-spotted wood dove (Turtur afer)|
Nearby also was a Blue Spotted Wood Dove. My photo is not great as in the woods its hard to get focus on anything but the trees. These are fairly common in the Gambia but not that easy to see due to their favoured habitat.
|grey woodpecker (Mesopicos goertae)|
|western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator),|
|violet turaco, (Musophaga violacea),|
|snowy-crowned robin-chat (Cossypha niveicapilla)|
Deep in the undergrowth thee was a pair of Snowy Crowned Robin Chat, there are two types of Robin Chat in the area, the Snowy crowned and the White Crowned. The latter I have many photos of from around the hotel, they have a duller white crown and are more visible in the open, the Snowy Crowned tend to reside in the woods and are a bit more difficult to spot.
My thanks to Musa for all his help and his keen eye especially in the forest. As I have mentioned a dozen or more times I would definitely recommend a trip to Gambia for any birder, its second to none and when you consider its relative tiny size its bird population is in the region of 550 species, more than countries 20 times its size. Unlike some places in West Africa there is no Ebola as a result of their stringent protection measures. So back to KSA and the spring migration!!!!