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June in Gambia is almost too beautiful

A Blog Post from Footsteps Eco-Lodge in The Gambia

by David White - 15 July 2020

June in Gambia is almost too beautiful

June in Gambia is almost too beautiful to put into words.

I’d forgotten because its been 11 years since I have spent this much time in Gambia. I didn’t want to mention the C word but, of course, that’s the reason were still here. No flights and all borders locked down.

I can’t think why historically there are not more birding groups coming here in June though

It is more humid, daytime around 70% and nighttime 80% and there may be rain, we had our first rain on the 12th June and only three more in the rest of the month. None of them lasted more than a couple of hours and were, you could say, dramatic.

I suppose flights are more expensive too or maybe you have to go via Barcelona or Belgium etc but I think if you're a birdwatcher then it would be worth it for this experience.

I'm no expert

Anyone who knows me would tell you I’m no expert when it comes to birdwatching or bird photography but even for a novice like me I think I got some fair shots. And I thought why not tell you about it. 😀

Early June I was sitting by the eco-pool and we had three unexpected visitors arrive all at the same time.

First a Hammerkop, then a Blue-breasted Kingfisher, then a Woodland Kingfisher, I've seen them back a few times now and they stay for hours.

Add to this our regular afternoon visitors of Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, African Paradise Flycatcher and Pygmy Kingfishers and honestly I didn’t know where to point the camera first which is probably why I missed so many. Hats off to all you photography buffs.

Family photo

I was hoping to get the three different kinds of kingfisher all together like a family photo but it was never to be.

BTW, all photos were taken by Linda or me on a Nikon p900.

Now let's watch a short video 😀

I ask our expert birdwatching guide, Lamin Bojang, to tell us why Footsteps is the perfect base for your next birdwatching holiday in The Gambia.

I’ve also included some of my amateurish photographic efforts mentioned earlier in the short video below and if they whet your appetite, why not take a look at our birding trips and start dreaming...

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