Birds, look no further than Gambia

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, but despite that, it’s a great country for birds, as it has a wide range of habitats in a relatively small area. Footsteps is an ideal base for exploring the coastal region. If you visit in or around February, as I have,  it’s likely that one of […]

Great Egret

Great Egret is otherwise known as The Great White Egret, Common Egret or Large Egret. Often seen as the one pictured below, standing on one leg only. The bird has a notable kink of its neck, curving it into an “S” shape when flying. Although we don’t see many land around Footsteps we know when […]

Great Cormorant

The Great Cormorant is also a great fisherman. Often seen by locals as a major competitor for fish because not only are they great fishermen but also can eat as much as they catch. This big bird can stay underwater circa half a minute and dive to over five metres. Found just ten minutes from […]

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern | Its name comes from the Latin and, like the name suggests refers to the Caspian Sea. The Caspian Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Their global population is approximately 50,000 pairs. While their numbers in most regions are stable, the Baltic Sea […]


The Scimitarbill is indeed a bird and not an invoice for mechanical repairs on a sports car. It should also not be confused with a backsword or sabre with a curved blade although I believe this is where its name originates because of its beak! It is among three species of Scimitarbill all of which are […]

Blue-bellied Roller

This is one of my favourites, the Blue-bellied Roller is such a beautiful bird and easy to see not only because of its striking colours but also because of its size. Seen at Footsteps regularly and on the walk to the beach this fella will definitely make an appearance. Where there is one you will […]

Western-grey Plantain-eater

I wonder why this large bird from the Turaco family is called a plantain eater. One thing that’s always made me giggle about this bird is that I have never seen one eat plantain and I don’t really know if they do but I suppose they must. They love fruit such as Mango, Papaya and […]

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