Gambian birds in February 2014

This month I have managed to fit in quite a lot of birdwatching, and it’s been great to see some new birds. I have tried hard to sped a little time each day watching birds here at Balaba Nature Camp, and I’ve seen a few birds that I haven’t seen here before, including the Yellow-throated leaflove and of course, the rare Western Bluebill that I wrote about in my last post. The Western Bluebill is continuing to visit every day, but so far we haven’t seen a female, so we are keeping a close watch to see if she appears!

Yellow-throated Leaflove

Yellow-throated Leaflove

Another shot of our Western Bluebill

Another shot of our Western Bluebill

 

If you want to see a complete list of all the birds seen at Balaba during February, I’ve published it on the Balaba Nature Camp page.

I also spent some time at the Allahein River at Berending, where there is are always lots of birds to be seen. Little Green Bee-eaters were a first for me, and also the Black-Crowned Cranes. We also saw what we thought were European Spoonbills (rare passage migrants), but it was difficult to get close enough to see clearly, and my photos were also annoyingly unclear.

A Black Crowned Crane at Berending

A Black Crowned Crane at Berending

Siffoe Bridge is also a good spot for watching birds, and here I managed to see a Black-shouldered Kite for the first time, as well as lots of other birds such as Sacred Ibis. I will be adding a page about Siffoe Bridge very soon, so do check back if you want to know more about that area.

A Black-shouldered Kite at Siffoe Bridge

A Black-shouldered Kite at Siffoe Bridge

 

A Sacred Ibis

A Sacred Ibis

The Kartong area is one of my favourite birding haunts. The river area (the Allahein River again), forms the border between Gambia and the Casamance region of Senegal, and is a wonderful place to see waders, Palm Nut Vultures, kingfishers and more. The fishing area by the sea is also popular with birds, and I always take my binoculars and camera along when we go to buy fish from the fishing boats. This month I saw Grey-headed Gulls, Caspian Terns, Lesser Black-backed gull, Western Reef Heron and egrets.

A Grey-headed Gull

A Grey-headed Gull

 

A Caspian Tern

A Caspian Tern

 

So, all in all, a great month’s birdwatching, and I have already seen a couple of new (to me) birds in March, but I’ll save those for another post. I hope you are also enjoying your birdwatching, wherever you are. It would be good to know which birds you have seen for the first time.

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