March 27th Brikama/Marakissa

We’d asked Tijan if we could visit a school and he arranged for us to visit his local Lower Basic School at Sifoe in the morning. 

We had a wonderful time there and arranged some links to be made with Bernie’s school. We took names and photos to show the kids back home – Sifoe is a large village but has no electricity. The school teaches 840 8 – 14 year olds but they had nothing. We’ll see what we can do!

From there we headed for Marakissa near the Senegalese border where there was a lodge where we could recuperate. On the way we had Wire-tailed Swallows, Tawny Eagle, Long-crested Eagle and Plain-backed Pipit. At Marakissa we sat in the shad but the temperature had soared and there was no breeze. It was 38 degrees in the shade and Bernie was getting over-heated – we just had to keep as cool as we could. Fortunately there were some bird baths around and our patience rewarded us with fine views of lots of birds including Orange-cheeked Waxbills, Greater, Lesser and the rare Spotted Honeyguides. 

Tijan and I went for a walk and got better views of the Pearl Spotted Owlet and two Grey-headed Bush-shrikes.

I got the chance to hold a Chameleon!

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