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Gambia November 2010 Tour 2

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!

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