This is a photo made on Thursday 9 February. Again, around Janjanbureh in Gambia. It shows a Northern anteater-chat near the red-throated bee-eater colony. They were especially active around a termite mound there.
10:25: a dark chanting goshawk on a fence.
10:40 we are back at yesterday’s quarry housing the red-throated bee-eater colony.
Then, something really special, a standard-winged nightjar.
Before coming to Gambia, I knew this spectacular species lived there. But I thought I would see those nocturnal birds not at all, or only vaguely in the dark.
Yet here it is, only a few meters away, soundly asleep, trusting its mimicry colours making it look similarly to the earth of the field where it rests. An adult male in breeding plumage, meaning tail-feathers are longer than the body.