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Lazy afternoon at Mandina Lodges

Taking it easy in the shade

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After lunch we retire to the room, and I notice to my horror that my legs have come up in a dreadful rash with red skin and little blisters. It is burning, stinging and itching so much that I jump straight in the shower, hoping the cold water will relieve it. It doesn't. Smothering it in antihistamine, I take myself off to a shady spot on the terrace while David goes on a boat trip with Nicola and AJ, our guide.



As a result of previous severe sunburn, I now have an area on my shins that suffer from photosensitive dermatitis, hence why I do not want to expose my legs to the sun this afternoon.


I spend the time with my long lens pointing at the sky, trying to catch flying birds while keeping out of the sun. The wind has dropped and it is blisteringly hot. Literally in my case.

Hooded Vulture

Long Tailed Cormorant

Oyster collectors

Black Headed Heron

Some strange, elongated fish in the river.

White Throated Bee Eater

Collecting firewood

Black Kite

Western Plantain Eater

Pied Crows

Bearded Barbet

They are funny looking birds when they fly

A much bigger bird. Although we are fairly near the airport, the flights are so infrequent that they do not bother us.


Common Swift

Pied Crow

More oyster collectors returning home

Pied Crows into the setting sun

As soon as David returns, we have a shower and sit on our private deck with a drink before dinner. The chef came round to the room earlier to take our orders for this evening.

Starter - Vegetable Spring Rolls

Chicken and rice for main course

Dessert is Banana Fritter and Ice Cream

When we return to the room, we find that the mosquito net over the bed has been lowered while we were eating, and the room is thankfully very much cooler now, which will hopefully aid sleep tonight.

Posted by Grete Howard 16:41 Archived in Gambia Tagged birds boat wildlife airport crow kite birding plane canoe heron vulture whimbrel west_africa cormorant barbet gambia boat_trip blisters bird_watching rash firewood swift spring_rolls itching bee_eater wildlife_photography plantain_eater dermatitis red_skin mandina_lodges makasutu rive floatinf_lodge oyster_collectors collecting_firewood dug_out_canoe banana_fritter mosquito_net

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I feel for you with that rash - as I write this I have patches of prickly heat all over my body thanks to the insane heatwave here this week! But you have some super 'bird in flight' photos to show from your afternoon on the deck :-)

by ToonSarah

The heat can be so debilitating, but I do love a bit of warmth. Thank you for your kind comments Sarah x

by Grete Howard

Wow!! First time I saw a Plantain Eater and Bearded Barbet. Very beautiful. You seem to have developed Edema in your Foot pl get it treated urgently otherwise it will very difficult to walk after sometime.

by Goutam Mitra

Thanks Goutam, it was my first time to see them in the wild too. The swelling is just the heat and went down as soon as I got back to the UK.

by Grete Howard

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