Join Wildlife photographer Gary Jones on trip to The Gambia & Senegal.
Ospreys – Kingfishers – Raptors – Bee Eaters – Egrets -Terns – Sunbirds –
Bakotu Hotel – Fathala Private Nature Reserve – Keur Saloum Hotel
These West African Countries are a birding paradise with over 500 species recorded. Also home to our British Ospreys which over Winter here along its waterways with African Fish Eagles. We will be visiting various habitats along the coast. Including Abuko Nature Reserve where Giant Kingfisher, Lizard Buzzard, Black Crake, Green and Violet Turacos can be found. On the Coast one of the locations we will visit is Tanji Bird Reserve, The reserve has been declared as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. Species seen regularly on the reserve’s lagoons include Black-headed heron, white-fronted plover, Caspian tern, spur-winged plover, sanderling, Western reef heron, royal tern and lesser black-backed gull. While the Bijol Islands are an important feeding and roosting area for substantial numbers of shorebirds, seabirds, ospreys, and other birds, including Gambia’s only breeding seabirds, including colonies of grey-headed gulls, slender-billed gulls, royal terns, Caspian terns, long-tailed cormorants and Western reef herons.
Then we cross the border in to Senegal to explore the Sine Saloum River Delta and National Park. On our first night we stay at Fathala a private Wildlife Reserve, an area that consists of approximately 6000 hectares of original and protected forest, providing guests with the opportunity to visit an original stretch of the African wilderness in it’s original condition. Here it will be possible to view various mammal species including Burchell’s Zebra, Giraffes, White Rhinoceros, Lions, Red Patas Monkey, and antelope species such as Roan, Waterbuck and Bushbuck. We then head to another area, The park has large areas of mangroves, secondary forest and grasslands. There are many raptor species in the area including African Hawk Eagle, Osprey Grasshopper Buzzard, Brown Snake Eagle, Dark Chanting Goshawk, White-backed Vultures, Lanner Falcon, Grey and Eurasian Kestrels. We have two boat trips planned with many bird species such as Black Crake, Little Grebe,
European and Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, Black-headed and Squacco Herons, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers.
We will travel back to The Gambia visiting some more coastal habitats, including a visit to Kartong Bird Observatory.