March 30th Bund Road/Atlantic Hotel/Camaloo Corner/Bijilo Woods

Our last full day and we tried to pick up some water-birds that we hadn’t seen up to now. Along the Bund Road we came across lots of herons and kingfishers (including three Greats) as well as several Pink-backed Pelicans. 

From here we headed to Tijan’s garden at Atlantic Hotel in Banjul for a mini-Gambia twitch.

We got the Greyish Eagle Owl that had been present for a few days as well as a first for Gambia – an elusive European Robin!

On the way back we called in at Camaloo Corner where there was a single African Spoonbill, two Yellow-billed Storks, Marsh Sandpiper and a circling flock of 16 Great-white Pelicans.
Back at the hotel I was still itching to get a few more species so I succumbed to the pestering of one of he local guides and went with him to Bijilo Woods – and what a good move that was. Grey Woodpecker, African Silverbill, three Oriole Warblers and the sought after White-throated Bee-eaters were all bagged as well as the Blue-breated Kingfisher that kept avoiding me in the hotel grounds.

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