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#1 Rainbirder

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:28 PM

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A West African species which is also known as Barbary Shrike.
Photographed at the edge of a Mangrove Forest at Makasutu in The Gambia.


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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:02 AM

Beautiful bird, wonderful shot, it certainly looks like there are some really good birds in Gambia. :)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:36 AM

I agree with "inyathi", it looks like there's great birding in Gambia.

Rainbirder, do you know how many species are common in Gambia?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:24 AM

Thanks Inyathi and Tracker.
The Gambia has a bird list of about 540. With a wee bit of planning and a decent guide it is possible to see about 250 species quite easily.

The Gambia has very few large mammals but is an excellent venue for birders having a good range of interesting birds including a number of species which are West African specialties or are difficult to see elsewhere such as Egyptian Plover and Blue-bellied Roller. The coast has a number of excellent hotels and a trip upriver by boat to Jangjanbureh Island passes through the beautiful River Gambia National Park.

For anyone with an interest in African birds it is a must-visit venue. There are frequent flights from the UK and package deals are available. There are also some Eco-lodges which offer a superb experience such as Mandina Lodges at Makasutu.

I would certainly recommend The Gambia as an African venue with a difference!
Makasutu is the most chilled-out and relaxing place I have ever stayed at by far!


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Mandina lodges - a view from one of the floating lodges.



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Sunrise on one of the floating lodges



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The stilted lodge at Makasutu

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

I think there is a trip report which needs writing Rainbirder :)

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