Bee-eaters and nightjars in Gambia


Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

14 February 2012. Like earlier today, we are near the Kartong Bird Observatory in the southwest of the Gambia.

We meet Colin Cross. A retired special needs teacher from England, he now lives at the observatory and rings birds.

Little bee-eater with ring around its leg, Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

Some of the birds he rings are resident birds, like the little bee-eaters on the photographs, with ring visible on the upper photograph, here.

Can Little Bee-eaters defend their nests from parasitism by Greater Honeyguides? Here.

Little bee-eater, Kartong Bird Observatory, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

Others are winter migrants from Europe or Asia. Like today, Colin Cross says, there is a little crake; very rare for the Gambia.

According to Cross, most of the bird excrement where we stand is of long-tailed nightjars; some of standard-winged nightjars.

Abyssinian roller with grasshopper, the Gambia, 14 February 2012

An Abyssianian roller. A purple heron.

A black heron. A beautiful sunbird.

We walk to the coast. A palmnut vulture.

On the beach, a whimbrel. Many fiddler crabs on the mudflats.

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