Gambia trip report 16th – 23rd February 2014 - Ann Gatt

We stayed at Farakunku Lodges owned and run by Heather and Moses.  A little slice of heaven.  Peaceful, excellent hosts and lovely food.

Our first bird watching expedition was to Tanji, where we met up with our guide, Lamin Njie.  Our bird list for here was impressive and Lamin was excellent, even finding us a Yellow-crowned Gonalek which we had wanted to see.  Fortythree species in a couple of hours.

A few days later we met up again with Lamin at Kotu Creek where we saw 62 species, including Painted Snipe and Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird.

Our final outing was to Brufut Woods, where there was also a party of bird watchers led by Chris Packham.  This found us 47 species, with Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, White-faced Scops Owl, Klaas’s Cuckoo and Long-tailed Nightjar being the stand out birds of the day.

We would highly recommend Lamin Nije as a first class guide.  He has excellent knowledge of the areas visited and knew where to find those hard to spot birds.

This was our first trip to The Gambia and I doubt it will be our last.