African Wattled Lapwing

The African Wattled Lapwing sometimes referred to as The Senegal Wattled Plover is found near to Footsteps at the nearby wetlands. The yellow flaps under its eyes are called “wattles”, hence the name Wattled Lapwing. Bird information. Where is the African Wattled Lapwing found? As mentioned earlier, this large wader is found a short stroll away […]

Black-crowned Night-heron

The Black-crowned Night-heron can be seen at Footsteps or nearby at the wetlands a short walk away. Found across most of the world including The Uk in Somerset where the first breeding pair with fledgelings were seen in 2017. As you can see from the pictures below, this bird seems to prefer standing on one […]

Pied kingfisher

The Pied Kingfisher is one of several kingfishers in The Gambia. Where there is water you will find this bird. Also, a photographers dream in so much as it hovers four metres or so above the water waiting for the perfect moment to drop down and claim its prey. About forty-five minutes walk from Footsteps […]

Common Wattle-eye

The Common Wattle-eye, probably more correctly named Brown-throated Wattle-eye and is sometimes called Scarlet-spectacled Wattle-eye. Interesting names and I can see immediately why it would be called Scarlet-spectacled and Common Wattle-eye could refer to it being widespread but Brown-throated refers to the female only. I have examined the pictures below and can’t find even a […]

Giant Kingfisher

The Giant Kingfisher is the largest of the kingfishers although hardly a giant measuring around 45cm long. It’s Africa’s largest species of Kingfisher. As we can see from the pictures below, they are not called Kingfishers for nothing. They are truly a king among kingfishers. Where can we find the Giant Kingfisher? Not generally seen […]

Long-tailed Glossy starling

The Long-tailed Glossy starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) is a member of the starling family of birds. You will find them all over The Gambia and of course at Footsteps too. The photo (below left) was taken at our bird hide and the natural feature of water there is really delivering the goods with regard photos. All of the photos in this […]

Pink-backed pelican

The Pink-backed pelican, such an incredible bird, his mouth can hold more than his belly can🤣. Some years back my good friend Nuru from the Gambia reptile centre in Kartong, rescued a pelican that had had its beak cut. There are a few reasons why this may happen. It could be the bird has run […]

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