Saturday 4 February.
A female splendid sunbird.
An osprey flying.
A yellow-rumped tinkerbird; rare in the Gambia.
Two pied hornbills flying.
A black-winged kite flying.
A long-tailed nightjar, asleep on the ground under a bush.
We arrive at a spot where water tanks have been provided for birds during the dry season, which in the Gambia roughly coincides with the European winter and spring.
Then, the birds fly away, as a sun squirrel climbs the tree to the tank to drink.
After the mammalian intruder has gone away, birds come back. Including common bulbuls and black-necked weavers.
A big group of bronze mannikins.
Red-cheecked cordon-bleus drink from the forest floor tank.
A female pin-tailed whydah comes drinking as well.
Then, another squirrel intruder. This time, a striped ground squirrel drives the forest floor tank birds away.
Back to Kotu. A sacred ibis in a palm tree near the Gambian Birdewatchers Association building.