Saturday, March 31, 2007

African Monarch

A selection of the other wildlife we saw in the Gambia.
Butterflies included
Citrus swallowtail, Blue pansy, Common Blue, Guineafowl and common Grass yellow.
We also saw two Sp of Squirrel, Gambian Sun and Striped Ground.
Several Lizards, Frogs and Bats, Giant Tortoise Sp and some nasty dangerous Baboons.
A small mouse type creature and several dead rats mostly in the claws of Raptors.

Nile Crocodile

Two of these beautys in Abuko.


Deer sp

Several of these tiny things seen.

Hyaena

Spotted Hyaena, much bigger than you think.

Monkeys

Green Vervet Monkey and Western Red Colobus, the Colobus was only seen in Bijilo and Abuko, the Green Vervet was common with upto four on our Balcony most days.



Crabs

GAMBIA
Top one is a Fiddler, no idea about the grey one also saw a blue crab that was fished from deep water.


Moniter Lizard

Couple Species of Moniter, (Nile and Bosc's) small one about a foot long, the larger one was in our hotel and measured about 3 feet



Snake Sp

The only snake we saw came to drink at a small pool in Abuko Gambia

BLUE BREASTED KINGFISHER

Seen at the creek twice and a single bird inland on a stream below us while we sat having a coffee on the top deck of a cafe.




GIANT KINGFISHER

One or two most days on the wires over the creek, a massive bird dwarfing the Pieds.



GIANT KINGFISHER




GREY HEADED KINGFISHER

This bird around the creek was the only one we saw, it would sit in the mangroves or right at the top of the oil palms.



MALACHITE KINGFISHER

Two birds on odd days around the creek and a single at Abuko in front of the main hide.




PIED KINGFISHER

Present everyday around the creek and any suitable water course, six birds most days around the bridge at Kotu and several along the river system.





PIED KINGFISHER




Saturday, March 24, 2007

SACRID IBIS

Seen most days over flying the creek at Kotu, six birds along the cycle track feeding in wet fields and a couple in trees around the Hotel Badala Pool.





HERONS AND EGRETS

Great White and Little Egrets, Black, Intermediate and Western Reef Herons.

NIGHT HERON

Common seen in several areas with 50 roosting on the creek.

WESTERN REEF HERONS

Common around Kotu, several birds seen well inland away from water