The Gam­bia

A West African bird­ing par­adise

Bird Watching (UK) - - Bird The World -

THE GAM­BIA HAS long been a pop­u­lar bird­watch­ing des­ti­na­tion and vis­ited by Avian Ad­ven­tures on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Sit­u­ated on the coast of West Africa, it is one of the con­ti­nent’s small­est coun­tries, but it has an im­pres­sive avi­fauna and of­fers vis­i­tors from Europe an ideal in­tro­duc­tion to the colour­ful world of African birds. In Novem­ber, the weather should be dry and sunny and of­fer the prospect of more than 200 bird species to see. This tour of­fers an en­tic­ing al­ter­na­tive to win­ter at home. Our main base is spent in an ex­cel­lent ho­tel, Senegam­bia, on the At­lantic coast and from this base we will visit some of the nu­mer­ous bird­watch­ing sites avail­able nearby. The ho­tel is in a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion, has a swim­ming pool and pro­vides


com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tion, with pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties and the ho­tel grounds sup­port a su­perb se­lec­tion of bird species and is al­most like a pri­vate na­ture re­serve. For a few days we’ll head in­land for a real avian ad­ven­ture, fol­low­ing the mighty Gam­bia River to Tend­aba Camp, al­low­ing us to en­counter dif­fer­ent habi­tats and quite a num­ber of new and rare bird species, but stay­ing in more ba­sic ac­com­mo­da­tion. We should see more of the nu­mer­ous gems that make The Gam­bia an es­sen­tial des­ti­na­tion for bird­ers. Birds seen could in­clude: Palm-nut Vulture, Snowy-crowned Robin-chat, African Par­adise Fly­catcher, Hamerkop, Lit­tle Green­bul, Gi­ant, bril­liant Vi­o­let Tu­raco, African Pied Horn­bill, North­ern Carmine Bee-eater, Grey-headed and Blue-breasted King­fish­ers, Go­liath Heron, Mouse-brown Sun­bird, African Fish Ea­gle, White-backed Night-heron, African Blue Fly­catcher and Whitethroated Bee-eater. Also, Abyssinian and Blue-bel­lied Rollers, Swal­low-tailed Bee-eater, Laven­der Wax­bill, African Pied Horn­bill, as well as those tonguetwisters, Grey-backed Ca­maroptera and Sene­gal Ere­mo­mela.

Western Red-billed Horn­bill Tend­aba Camp A n d r e w W o d l e y / A l a m y Spur-winged Lap­wing

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