Another heavenly place
08.04.2019 - 08.04.2019
I slept surprisingly well last night, despite the upset tummy yesterday afternoon and several rather unpleasant dreams overnight.
We are meeting Abdoulie first thing, who will be our birding guide for the morning. He is early, and so are we.
Heading for Marrakissa, we drive through Brikama, which is the second largest town in The Gambia, and absolute pandemonium. I try some of my usual drive-by shooting (photographically speaking) as we are stuck in the traffic jam. The following images are photographed through the window glass of the car, so apologies for the somewhat inferior quality.
Waiting for the school bus
Coffee on the go
Hitching a ride
Heading for the Laundry
The sign on the rear bumper of a bright yellow car puzzles me greatly and I ask Abdoulie what it means. He is as bemused as we are, and to our surprise pulls over the driver to ask him. “It's my nickname” says the mystified kid in charge of the adorned car “nothing more than that”. I do wonder if he realises what sort of connotations the sign has, albeit with a slightly different spelling.
First we stop on a bridge to check out the birdlife along the wetlands area.
Wire Tailed Swallow
Double Spurred Francolin
Cashew fruit with the nut hanging down below
Red Eyed Doves
Western Plantain Eater
Purple Glossy Starling
Red Billed Firefinch
Yellow Fronted Tinkerbird, doing its best to hide
Common Bulbul nest building
Yellow Throated Leaflove
Abdoulie warns us to be careful when stepping over the marching ants. Too late, David has already been invaded. Lots of jumping, shouting and a few choice words later, he drops his trousers in the middle of the field to get rid of the ants. Thankfully I am too busy laughing to photograph it.
White Faced Whistling Ducks
Fine Spotted Woodpecker
African Golden Oriole
White Billed Buffalo Weavers
Long Tailed Glossy Starling
Blue Bellied Roller
Black Faced Quail Finch
We see a number of these little birds fly out of bushes without warning, but trying to photograph them proves extremely difficult.
Eventually Abdoulie takes my camera and goes off stalking them.
After a lot of time and effort, he manages to creep up on one of the quail finches on the ground to grab a quick shot. Good man – I have to say I admire his patience.
Yellow Throated Leaflove
Pin Tailed Whydah
What an amazing place this is turning out to be. I shall leave you here now and continue in another blog entry. Ciao.