Counting birds, from the Netherlands to South Africa


This video is called Gambia birding near Kotu Creek.

Last January, there was the first bird count ever all along the eastern Atlantic shores, in thirty countries, from the Netherlands to South Africa.

From the reports by the counters (translated):

Simon Delany counted in Gambia: “Baobolong is a gem of a wetland north of the Gambia River. … We walked huge distances. The counter is at forty species, including black storks, six hundred African spoonbills, pratincoles and ten species of wintering waders.”

From Mauritania:

On 22 January, he counted the birds at a small freshwater pond in Nouakchot. “Immediately, a barn swallow. And black-tailed godwit, spoonbill, ruff and shoveler as well.”

In Sierra Leone, a Dutch black-tailed godwit was seen near Kagboro Creek. Meanwhile, contact has been established between bird counter Papanie Bai Sesay and Dutch researchers. The godwit was ringed on May 14, 2012 in the Kamperpolder. There were at least a hundred godwits more in the same area.

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17 thoughts on “Counting birds, from the Netherlands to South Africa

  1. Reblogged this on Sherbro Foundation and commented:
    I’d love to see Bumpeh Chiefdom develop as a birdwatching destination. It looks very much the same as the attached video of birdwatching in the Gambia. I’ve seen a number of birds shown while traveling on the Bumpeh River and paddling canoes among the mangroves and Swamp rice fields. Even in Rotifunk. Lots of beautiful, unspoiled habitat waiting for the discriminating birder.

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