Purple swamphens and malachite kingfisher in Gambia


Tuesday 14 February.

Our last full day in the Gambia, after yesterday’s lapwings and sunbirds.

From Kotu, we are going to the extreme southwest of the country, near the Atlantic and the Senegal border.

8:57: south of Brufut, grey-headed gulls on the roof of a Baptist church.

We arrive at Kartong Bird Observatory. Hooded vultures.

Purple swamphens, Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

Four purple swamphens in a marsh. Purple swamphen love life: here.

Long-tailed cormorant.

Pied and malachite kingfisher.

Malachite kingfisher, Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

African jacana. Spur-winged plover.

Western reef heron.

Snipe from Europe, wintering here.

A purple heron flying.

Black-winged stilt. Squacco heron. Great egret.

Caspian tern. Pied crow.

A common sandpiper.

Another winter migrant from Europe: a yellow wagtail.

Woodchat shrike, Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

Yet another one: a woodchat shrike sitting on a pole.

Woodchat shrike, Kartong Bird Observatory, Gambia, 14 February 2012

A dozen piapiacs flying.

A cattle egret.

An osprey flying.

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