Western bluebill at Balaba Nature Camp, Gambia

It seems that I started my site in the nick of time. At Balaba Nature Camp we have had a bird that is rarely seen!

For the last few days, we have had a small bird coming regularly to one of our bird baths. It was very nervous, and until today I hadn’t been able to get a photo, but today it stayed for longer, even having a quick splash around in the bird bath, and I managed to take some photos.

It’s a male Western Bluebill, and we are very excited to have this bird here because this bird is described in the field guide as ‘elusive’ and it’s seldom seen outside the Abuko National Park.

Western bluebill

Western bluebill

 

Western bluebill taking a dip!

Western bluebill taking a dip!

 

Male Western bluebill at the bird bath

Male Western bluebill at the bird bath

Hopefully, as we have seen it over a few days, it has settled here, and it may come in quite regularly, but meanwhile we are delighted to have such a lovely and unusual bird here.

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