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best bird watching !!

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best bird watching !!

we are looking at seeing some of the locals birds !!

GOOD SPOTS .GUIDES TAXI FARE ..

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On the strip around midnight. Lots of local birds and ones of other nationalitys.

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Will be intersted in the replies.

Some forum contributors have already been very helpful.

If you google 'birdwatching trip reports gambia' you should get loads of info.

Also recommmend the Helm Bird Guide to the birds of Gambia and Senegal.

We are going next year staying at the Sheraton.

Initial plans are to visit Tanji Nature reserve,Abuko Nature reserve,Kotu stream and environs,Brufut Woods.

If you google any of these you should gets lots of info.

All the best.

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Forgot to mention a website called 'Birdforum.'

Once you have regitered look or ask for info on Gambia.

Some very helpful people on thiss forum.

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Where will you be staying?

If in the Cape Point area there are mangroves just off the old cape road (10 minute walk from the hotels) and its great birdwatching (particularly this time of year when there is still water). Their are birdwatching guides available each morning from about 7am on the beachfront. We pay £5 for a couple of hours birdwatching (the guides have the long lenses, binocs to share).

Kotu stream is another good area near to the resorts and there is an official birdwatchers "hut" to hire guides in kotu.

We've also been birdwatching in the rice field near Lamin village (v good) and also down at tanjeh and kartong. We pay the guide the same rate we'd pay an "Official Guide" (£5 / half day or £10 / full day) and they will normally organise a yellow taxi (cheaper then the tourist taxi) for the longer trips.

Ian

Edited: 05 November 2011, 10:49
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cheers we are in the senagambia hotel .

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Good birding in the Senegambia grounds to get started (sunbirds, mannikins, long tailed glossy starling, hornbills etc). Moving onto Bijilo forest park (10 mins walk) good for both robin chats, ahanta francolin, stone partridge. Walking along the road side from Senegambia strip to Kerr sering (15 minutes) good for white faced scops owl on the wires in the evening, and blue bellied rollers throughout the day. Abuko reserve (take a yellow cab) is excellent for bluebill, both turacos (easily seen here) ahanta francolin (just inside the gate if you are lucky!) wattle eye and paradise flycatchers. A lovely guide here called Palamin Kinte. He sticks around the main gate and really knows his stuff. If you have time take a trip to Marrakissa camp (only 1 hr via Brikama). Excellent camp even for lunch. We have seen spotted honeyguide on the camp feeders, giant kingfisher (common here), blue breasted kingfisher. Dawn walk good for helmet shrikes, puffback, red shouldered cuckoo shrike and you can hear (and call in!) pearl spotted owlet in the evening. If you head up to the bridge at Kotu stream, you will quickly pick up black heron, ospreys overhead and many other water birds. Hope this helps and have a great time!

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