|African golden oriole (Oriolus auratus)|
Early in the morning we spotted the African Golden Oriole sitting on a branch, I don't think it had quite woken up yet.
|western reef heron (Egretta gularis)|
|intermediate egret, (Mesophoyx intermedia)|
also this guy which I am fairly sure is an Intermediate Egret mainly because I think its gape is about level with its eye but I could be wrong.
|black heron (Egretta ardesiaca)|
|black heron (Egretta ardesiaca) Fishing|
|grey heron (Ardea cinerea)|
|purple heron (Ardea purpurea)|
|grey-headed gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus)|
|pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)|
|Long Tailed Cormorant (Phalacrocorax africanus)|
Perched close by on a branch was a Long Tailed Cormorant watching us closely.
|whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)|
And at the edge of the mangrove was a lone Whimbril resting. There were quite a few of these about although usually not quite so easily seen.
We left the boat behind and headed into the fields for a look around. Even at this early hour the ladies were out in the fields working but that sis not appear to bother the birds very much, in fact in many instances they were close by to grab anything the workers dug up.
|little bee-eater (Merops pusillus)|
|double-spurred francolin (Pternistis bicalcaratus)|
|mourning collared dove (Streptopelia decipiens)|
|Senegal parrot (Poicephalus senegalus)|
|bearded barbet (Lybius dubius)|
|Violet Turaco (Musophaga violacea)|
A pair of Violet Turaco were spotted in a tree, this is the best shot I could get as they kept hiding in the branches, beautiful bird to watch when flying.
|western plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator)|
|grey kestrel (Falco ardosiaceus)|
At one point we saw this silouette among the trees and having spent some time trying to get into position we discovered it was a Grey Kestrel. I got a few pictures but it was difficult to get one that was easy to identify.
|Namaqua dove (Oena capensis)|
A familiar friend from the Saudi birding world is the Namaqua Dove which is fairly common all over the area, still the cutest of the dove family in my opinion.
|red-cheeked cordonbleu (Uraeginthus bengalus)|
A bit further along the hedgerow we spotted this little guy, about the size of a sparrow but far more colourful. It goes by the rather strange name of a Red-Cheeked Cordon-Bleu, there were quite a few about mainly foraging on the ground for seeds etc but I got a better shot at the one in the tree. Wonder where that name came from, something to do with cookery perhaps?
|woodchat shrike (Lanius senator)|
Another friend from my adopted home is the Woodchat Shrike which apparently is quite common around the Gambia. The can be seen in Saudi but they are not especially common there.
|blue-bellied roller (Coracias cyanogaster)|
|village weaver (Ploceus cucullatus)|
Ok this one I am not certain of but I think its a Village Weaver whic are apparently very common in the area. Il will check on it and change if needs be but I think the red eye makes it one of a small number of possibilities
|Northern Red Bishop (Euplectes franciscanus)|
This I think is a Northern Red Bishop, clearly not red yet as its in non breeding pumage. Again very common in the area
|common bulbul (Pycnonotus barbatus)|
Not too sure about this one yet, TBC!!!!!
Well as you can see even a fairly leisurely trip with relatives around a small area in the Gambia throws up all sorts of interesting birds. For the listers out there, I have only detailed the ones I got photos of but that only represents a small sample of what is there. At the risk of sounding like a broken record at this poit, Gambia for birders is a must do!