Wednesday 15 February.
After yesterday, our last morning in the Gambia; in Kotu.
For the last time, a walk to the “hamerkop pond” not far away.
Hamerkops themselves are not present this time, but plenty of other birds are.
8:40: about twenty white-faced whistling ducks, including juveniles.
A black heron is doing its umbrella trick.
Great egret and cattle egret.
African jacana. Greenshank.
Wood sandpiper. Black-winged stilt.
Piapiacs on domestic pigs’ backs.
A common sandpiper.
A squacco heron flying.
A green sandpiper.
A hooded vulture on the roof of a building.
Buffalo weaver nests in a tree to the right.
A ring-necked-parakeet, flying, calling. It is here in his native Africa; unlike Europe, where it was introduced.
A speckled pigeon.
A sacred ibis flying past.
Another bird flying past, a cattle egret. Sadly, it shows an environmental problem in the Gambia, as a plastic bag is attached to its legs and it probably cannot walk properly this way. There is more plastic and other litter around the pond.
A red-billed hornbill sitting on a stick.
We walk back.
On a sandbank in the estuary, a western reef heron.
A whimbrel flying and calling.
A common bulbul singing.
Two long-tailed cormorants flying past.
The bus to the airport will come soon.