Return to The Gambia, Day 8, 29 January 2015 - Casino Cycle Track

Our last day and as we only had a couple of hours available in the morning we opted for a quick walk along the Casino Cycle Track and the pool behind the Badala Park Hotel. Not before I got onto a Western Olivaceous Warbler in mangroves by our room though. A Black Crake ran quickly into cover beside the hotel entrance track while African Palm Swifts were pretty much ever present as usual, Senegal Coucal, Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Sacred Ibis, 2 Squacco Herons, Black-headed Heron, Great White Egret, Long-tailed Cormorant and Black Heron were all on or around the marshes/paddies. The pond behind the Badala Park enabled me to get a good photo of the uber-common Black Kite and add the last 2 trip ticks - Common Moorhen and Black-tailed Godwit. Into the bargain there were also photographic opportunities for Yellow-billed Shrike, Green Woodhoopoe and African Jacana. Brown Babbler, Black-winged Stilt, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Piapiac, White-billed Buffalo-weaver, Bronze Mannikin, Speckled Pigeon and Western Grey Plantain-eater were also seen before a ridiculously approachable Whimbrel was photographed on the hotel wall!

So, the trip was over and the fat lady was about to sing. In just 7 days I'd notched up 241 species of which 76 were new world birds for me. That was way beyond my wildest expectations and boosted my world list up well above the 1800 mark.    

Black Kite


Yellow-billed Shrike

African Jacana

Green Woodhoopoe


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