Beautiful Sunbird

Beautiful Sunbird so named because they are so beautiful. Another one of our regulars, we have a lot of flowers at Footsteps and these little birds love flowers. Many years ago before I really started knowing what species we had at our lodge. I remember thinking that this was a humming-bird. You could be forgiven […]

African Paradise Flycatcher

African Paradise Flycatcher, what a lovely name. It conjures up a mental picture of an exotic species and when you see him for the first time you won’t be disappointed. I say him because while the female is beautiful the male has a long swooshing tail which sort of reminds me of Siamese Fighting-fish. But […]

Little Bee-eater

Little Bee-eaters, as their name might suggest feed mainly on Bees, Wasps and insects. My personal favourite among the Bee-eater family and should not be confused with Little Green Bee-eaters. They love being at our lodge and visit each day because of our freshwater eco-pool. We have bees and insects congregating around the natural Blackstone […]

Lizard Buzzard

The Lizard Buzzard is named because it hunts and kills Lizards. But as we will learn later it eats all manner of prey too. We have always had a resident Lizard Buzzard inside our lodge grounds. I would watch him from our Bantaba. He sits high up in a Palm tree patiently waiting for an […]

Birdwatching with The Catts

We all know how much cats love to go birdwatching. But today we’re going to look at some different Catts. Steve and Alison have been coming to The Gambia and Footsteps since 2014 and have returned 7 times now. Steve has turned his love for nature and wildlife from a hobby into a photography business. […]

The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, what a great name. whenever I think of this tiny bird I think of Peter Pans Tinker-bell. I suppose it’s just the name I associate or maybe that they are both elusive. It was in the past known as a Yellow-fronted Tinker Barbet and is indeed a member of the Barbet family. I’m […]

My Gambia Birding Holidays

My Gambia birding holidays, guest blog by Chris Prince Photography Yes, there have been more than one, have produced memories too numerous to mention. Here are three of my favourites and if you would like to see more just click on my name above. Snowy-crowned Robin-chat My wife and I have been to The Gambia […]

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