Its worth a visit

Brief Road trip from Banjul to Cape Point 2010-11-10

09/12/2010 13:39


First stop was at the docking area just to the North of Banjul.

The main drawback was the tide which was high on our arrival leaving little scope for observing waders on the estuary mud.Most noticeable was the abundance of Royal Terns which were in the area with several parties of 10 or a dozen birds feeding about 150 yards offshore.1 party of 4 Sandwhich terns were noted.At least 6 Common Sandpipers were around the docking area(which was guarded quite securely by several military personnel.5 Pied Kingfishers were on the wirres leading to the dock a were single Namaqua Dove and 3 Grey Kestrels.

Blue Cheeked Bee Eaters were everywhere on the dock Road area swamps with at least 16 birds hunting from the wires on the main road past the manfrove area.

Most spectacular was the area around the steel road bridge before Cape Point were at least 300 Little Swift were hawking.8 Long Tailed Glossy Starlings were around the bridge with at least 7 Speckled Pigeons,4 Laughing Doves  and 3 Senegal Coucals.

On arrival at theSandplover Bar at Cape Point we were greeted by several Long Tailed Glossy Starlings and another 4 Senegal Coucals and a party of 13 Common Bulbuls.

On the lagoons were 7 Greenshank,5 Redshank(see photogallery)a party of300 Royal Terns with around 55 Caspian Terns.16 Bar Tailed Godwits were in the main lagoon along with 135 Grey Headed Gulls and around 27 Slender Billed Gulls, On the roadside we came across 2 Olivaceose Warblers,2 Subalpine Warblers,2 Beautifull Sunbirds and 2 Tawny Flanked Prinniahs ,3 Gull Billed Terns were overhead and there was 8 Black Necked Herons on the largest lagoon.5 Western Reef Herons dark phase were present all showing prominent white wing markings in flight