Discover birding in Gambia

Discover birding in Gambia & the birds around Footsteps Eco-Lodge through our regular publication.

Village Indigo bird

Village Indigo bird

The Village Indigo bird is common across Africa. A regular at Footsteps and a favourite among photographers because it’s not shy. It will happily come and feed at your feet so is very easy to photograph and video. The video below shows perfectly the way this little bird looks for its food by scratching the …

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Carmine Bee-eater

Carmine Bee-eater

Also known as The Northern Carmine Bee-eater or for example the Nubian Bee-eater. In contrast to Its close relative, The Southern Carmine Bee-eater is identical apart from its Carmine (Red ) throat. Bird information. Where is the Carmine Bee-eater found? The Carmine Bee-eater is found a short drive away from Footsteps in Kartong ( approx 25 minutes …

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Red-throated Bee-eater

Red-throated Bee-eater

The Red-throated Bee-eater much like all other Bee-eaters is a stunning bird. As we can see from the pictures below, they are very different when viewed in flight from above and below. Bird information. Where is the Red-throated Bee-eater found? The Red-throated Bee-eater has a wide distribution across tropical Africa, its range extending from Senegal …

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Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

The Yellow-billed Stork although sometimes known as a Wood Stork or Wood Ibis is actually a true Stork. The pictures below are of breeding adults and can be distinguished from juveniles by the colour of their backs. Adults have white backs and juveniles have grey backs. Bird information. Where is the Yellow-billed Stork found? The …

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Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Yellow-billed Oxpecker

The Yellow-billed Oxpecker is exactly as its name describes. It has a yellow bill and it pecks and feeds off Oxen. As can be seen, by the picture below right, it also has a bright red tip on its beak. Although named an Oxpecker, it’s not fussy and will indeed partner with cattle, antelope or …

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African Wattled Lapwing

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 …

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Black-crowned Night-heron

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 …

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