The Gambia, Day 6 - 16 February 2011, Kartong and Tanji

Today was filled with a whole day tour with Tilly’s Tours called ‘The Southern Gambia Experience’, which involved a visit to Kartong the most southerly village in The Gambia, by the river boorder with Senegal.

The drive south in the open topped Landrover gave me views of Blue-bellied Roller, Grey Kestrel, Pied Hornbill, several Bronze Mannikins and in Tanji village 2 Vitelline Masked Weavers. At Kartong I picked up a hugely impressive Long-crested Eagle amongst the soaring Hooded Vultures while the river here held Gull-billed and Caspian Terns, Little Egret and several Turnstones looking over towards Senegal. A couple of Orange-cheeked Waxbills showed nicely at Gunjur Reptile Farm and a White-faced Scops Owl was pointed out to us by helpful staff at the Tanji Village Museum. At Tanji fish catch numerous Royal and Lesser Crested Terns and Grey-headed Gulls flocked overhead looking for pickings and on the drive back I was surprised to get a Violet Turaco flying over the road and also a Black-shouldered Kite.
White-faced Scops Owl

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