Senegal coucal

Senegal coucal is a member of the cuckoo species. Found as the name suggests in Senegal but also in much of central and Southern Africa. A daily visitor to Footsteps and not shy so any old camera will get a great close-up shot. Pictures below are by lil ol me! I can’t help being reminded […]

Heuglin’s Masked-weaver

Heuglin’s Masked-weaver hardly rolls off the tongue does it! There are many kinds of Weaverbird. Most are fairly unextraordinary in their looks but some such as The Northern Red-bishop are extraordinary in theirs. Weavers are so-named because of the way they weave their nests from leaf fibres like a basket. They can leave Palm-trees shredded […]

Red Bishop

Red Bishop, the genus name for the Northern Red Bishop is Euplectes Franciscanus. Derived from the Greek and meaning ‘well-woven’, probably refers to their beautifully woven nests.  Franciscanus relates to a religious order from the 12th century that symbolized the crimson colour. Part of the weaver family of birds, it’s a regular visitor to Footsteps between June and […]

Gambia Bird Guide Lamin Bojang

Lamin M Bojang ( Gambia Bird Guide ) was Born on 18th February 1973 in Gunjur village to Malang Bojang and Mbenki Mama Touray. Married to Fatou Wally, they raise six children together. Lamin tells us “My dad was a trader working in Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau”. ” I remember waiting for him to […]

Orange-cheeked Waxbill

Orange-cheeked Waxbill, as the name suggests has beautiful orange cheeks and belong to the finch family. The orange cheeks look almost as if they have been painted on. This delightful little bird is a daily visitor to Footsteps. It can be seen at our eco-pool mixing with Firefinch, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu and Lavender Waxbills alike. Where […]

Red-billed Firefinch

Red-billed Firefinch, so named because of its flame red colour. Below left we can see a good example of the male and female together taking a drink from our eco-pool filter. We can see them at all times of the day at the lodge and they like to hang out with Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu. They are […]

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu

Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu is so named because of its red cheeks. It is only the male that has them, however, maybe because he is embarrassed or hot who knows. They are small finches and love to hang around our Eco-pool’s filter area taking a drink from between the black-stone. lovely examples of male and female pictured […]

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