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Gambian Birds

Gambia is a small and fantastic country, only six hours flight from Western Europe, and the perfect introduction to African birding. European migrants also are plentiful and easily approachable. The Gambian bird list is in excess of 540 species. More than 200 species can be easily seen on a leisurely two week holiday, along coastal areas and more inland, where bird guiding may be very useful to view more special and less common species. In this respect, a trip up the Gambia river is also very recommendable.

For those interested in organizing their own Gambian birding itinary, I would strongly recommend Modou Colley as a bird guide, http://bestgambianbirdguide.blogspot.be. In my experience, he is the best and most reliable guide to put you on the track of a great variety of Gambian birds. For almost all of my Gambian bird photos, I am indebted to his outstanding knowledge of the bird's behaviour, calls and songs, which makes approaching very easy to get nice photographs.

This gallery is a random collection of my best Gambian bird pictures, likely to be completed every year.
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Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca
Black Heron, Egretta ardesiaca
Western Reef-egret, Egretta gularis
Western Reef-egret, Egretta gularis
Western Reef-egret, Egretta gularis
Western Reef-egret, Egretta gularis
Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus
Grey-headed Sparrow, Passer griseus
Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Otus leucotis
Northern White-faced Scops Owl, Otus leucotis
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus
Spur-winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
Spur-winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
Brown Babbler, Turdoides plebejus
Brown Babbler, Turdoides plebejus
Brown Babbler, Turdoides plebejus
Brown Babbler, Turdoides plebejus
Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis chloropterus
Lesser Blue-eared Glossy Starling, Lamprotornis chloropterus
Little Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover
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