Following a good flight from London we arrived on time at Banjul, the warm tropical air felt welcoming and
inviting as the group descended the steps from the plane. After a long wait for luggage we cleared arrivals,
met our guide Modou Colley and boarded our bus for the short journey to our hotel in Kololi. Excitement
buzzed through the bus as we started seeing a number of species during the journey. Speckled Pigeon was
the first and Hooded Vulture the second, they were quickly followed by Yellow-billed Black Kite, Laughing
Dove, Pied Crow, Blue-bellied Roller (8), White-billed Buffalo Weaver (a colony), Grey Kestrel, Black-winged
Kite and a Yellow-billed Shrike.
After smoothly checking-in we settled into our rooms, unpacked and met on the hotel terrace some 30
minutes later, then the fun began. Many new species were quickly found in the spacious, wooded, gardens
of the hotel. Common Bubul, Broad-billed Roller (6), Ring-necked Parakeet, Senegal Parrot and a pair of
beautiful White-crowned Robin Chats sent our heads reeling in the first 5 minutes!
RIO GUADIARO AT ESTACION DE CORTES Dawn and I were joined by John McClure, our American friend and budding birder also from Gaucin, for an afternoon of birding by the river. We just sat under our favourite tree and whiled away t...View Report
MARCHENILLA TRACK AND RIO HOZGARGANTE Today, Dawn and I met up with Mary, a birder from New Mexico and John, also an American, but who lives in Gaucin and is a good friend of ours. Mary is visiting John for a few days and insisted on ...View Report
ENCINAS BORRACHAS TRACK Today I met up with Paul and Claire who have also purchased a house in Gaucin and have been regular companions on my day tours and birding holidays over the last few years. We met early because we expected the ...View Report