Western Reef Heron
On the short walk back towards the hotel we clocked up an array of species too - c10 Piapiac, 1 White-billed Buffalo-weaver, Lizard Buzzard, 3 Shikra, Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters, 1 Abyssinian Roller, 2 Blue-bellied Rollers and 4 Broad-billed Rollers.
Following a tip off from Ebrima a late morning explore of the old paddyfields and mangroves just inland of the Palm Beach Hotel proved very worthwhile. It took a little finding as it was hidden in the mangroves but a kindly guide pointed us to a ramshackle hide and within seconds I'd seen up to 10 Greater Painted Snipe! Also in the area was my 2nd lifer - a solitary Hadada Ibis together with 3 Sacred Ibis and a Black Heron doing the classic 'umbrella' fishing technique. The return walk via the beach (and a drink) yielded 2 Chiffchaffs and Variable Sunbird in flowers by a cafe.
Greater Painted Snipe
Greater Painted Snipes
An afternoon walk north along the beach and back via Fajara Golf Course was a bit of a failure. I couldn't locate any suitable areas for sunbirds along the Atlantic Road which was busy, dusty and not pleasant and then we couldn't shake off a hanger on across the GC who wanted money for a variety of made up reasons. He followed us all the way back to the hotel and didn't get a penny as all he'd done was ruin our walk! Apart from some Green Woodhoopoes, Brown Babblers, Western Red-billed Hornbills and a Western Grey Plainatin-eater we saw very little.
Western Red-billed Hornbill
In the relative cool of the late afternoon we decided on a taxi ride to Abuko NR, a site I'd been to a couple of times in 2011. We were shocked to find the permit fee has gone up 10x since then and is now 400 dalhasi (about £6.20!) and even then had to fight NOT to have a crap guide follow us round! With the reserve closing at 18.00 we only had an hour and a half so it was quick walk but nonetheless we did clock up some nice views of some great birds - Violet Turaco, 2 Green Turaco, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat, 2 Giant Kingfisher, African Darter, Purple Heron, African Paradise Flycatcher, Grey Woodpecker, Black-necked Weavers, 2 African Jacana, African Harrier Hawk, c6 Fanti Saw-wings, 2 African Thrush, 2 Blackcap Babblers, Red-billed Firefinches and Bronze Mannikins.
Snowy-crowned Robin Chat
African Paradise Flycatcher
African Harrier Hawk