Ghana, Day 10, 3 December 2023 - Opra Forest & The White Volta River at Daboya

Today was the day we made the long drive north from Kumasi to Mole NP so it was mainly travelling day. That isn't to say we did no birding - we stopped at 2 sites, one of which was rather memorable!

The first stop was at the much degraded Opra Forest, a site by the main road north. Here we nevertheless saw a few bits and bobs of interest  - Tambourine Dove, 2 Double-toothed Barbets, 2 Lizard Buzzards, Grasshopper Buzzard, 3 Green Wood Hoopoes, 4 Northern Puffbacks, Chestnut-backed Weaver, 2 Black and White Mannikins and lovely views of 3 Western Bluebills which are always stunning.


The other stop was much later in the day and involved a bit of a race against the light. It involved a detour of an hour each way to the banks of the White Volta River at Daboya. Just before we reached Daboya 4 Northern Red-billed Hornbills were my only tick of the day but the main attraction of the site is Egyptian Plover. We duly saw 2 birds while standing in a human latrine on a hill overlooking the river. Being careful where we stood we got some great views with the distant birds even responding to playback and flying much closer. Also there was a Malachite Kingfisher, 3 Pied Kingfishers, c30 Speckled Pigeons, Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, 2 Vinaceous Doves, a swift fly-through Red-necked Falcon and herons flying to roost including hundreds of Cattle Egrets, Squacco Heron and 2 Black-crowned Night Herons.

After leaving there it was still quite a drive to Mole where we eventually checked into the Mole Motel for the start of a 3 night stay and had a rather late dinner!


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