Wednesday 1 February. After our arrival in Kotu, this afternoon our first search for Gambian birds.
Pied crows are a common sight in the Gambia, especially in the west, including urban areas.
On the beach: western reef egret and laughing dove.
Sexual size dimorphism and morphometric sexing in a North African population of Laughing Doves (Spilopelia senegalensis): here.
In a field, two spur-winged plovers.
An Abyssinian roller, sitting sometimes on a wire, sometimes on the roof of a shed. Again and again, it dives from the shed roof to the ground, catching a mouse or an insect.
This is an Abyssinian roller video.
A green wood-hoopoe on a tree near the road.
A cattle egret.
A red-billed hornbill on a tree.
The first Senegal coucal of many which we will see in the Gambia.
In a marsh, about ten cattle egrets and a black egret. Black egrets are famous for their way of catching their prey: they spread their wings like an umbrella, thus making a shadow over the water which attracts fish. However, our first Gambian black egret is not doing that now.
Squacco heron. Great egret. Intermediate egret.
Over ten white-faced whistling ducks flying.
Two village weavers in a palm tree.
Two vinaceous doves.
Holes in the mangrove forest soil, made by fiddler crabs. Gambian environmentalists are trying to make this beautiful area a nature reserve, but so far they have not succeeded.
Two little bee-eaters.
This is a little bee-eater video from Gambia.
A lizzard buzzard on a tree.
A whimbrel calls.
A female painted snipe feeding.
Finally, as the sun sets, a broad-billed roller on a wire.
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