The Gambia February 2015

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The Gambia February 2015

Postby Carl Corbidge » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:12 pm

To get away from the northern winter for a bit I went to The Gambia for a week in February with my daughter Sasha. It was the end of the dry season so I knew herps would be thin on the ground, but monkeys and birds would make up for it. Total 6 herps, 6 mammals and 141 birds. Full report here http://carlcorbidgefieldherping.blogspot.co.uk/
brown sided skink (16) copy small.jpg
Brown Flanked Skink
abysinian roller (5) copy small.jpg
Abyssinian Roller
abuko 3 copy small.jpg
Abuko Croc pool
giant kingfisher (10) copy small.jpg
Giant Kingfisher (the worlds biggest)
green vervet monkey (7) copy small.jpg
Green Vervet Monkey
greyish eagle owl (18) copy small.jpg
Greyish Eagle Owl
little bee-eater (8) copy small.jpg
Little Bee-eater
lizard buzzard (8) copy small.jpg
Lizard Buzzard
nile crocodile (14) copy small.jpg
Nile Crocodile
nile monitor (31) copy small.jpg
Nile Moniror
worm snake (1) copy small.jpg
Thread Snake spp god knows which one
vervet copy small.jpg
Excitable Chap
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agama (1) copy small.jpg
Agama or more exotic named rainbow Lizard
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby GertJan Verspui » Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:39 pm

Very nice Carl, I love it when you wear camo!!
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Niklas Ban » Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:34 pm

Wow, I am impressed of the birds! Which lense do you use for these pictures? :)
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Carl Corbidge » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:42 pm

Cheers Gertjan, Camo always gets respect from you military fellas, I got a few shouts of soldier from the locals, to which I nodded of course.

Thanks Niklas, I recently got a Nikon 300mm f2.8 nearly all pics are with that either on its own or with a 1.7 converter. One or 2 are with a Sigma 150mm macro.
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Niklas Ban » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:52 pm

Thanks for the answer. Nice and sharp results!
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Thomas Bader » Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:12 pm

Fantastic bird species, most of them completely unknown for me - wow!

What about the country and the safety of travelling? Were you guided, is there a risk on the street or out in the fields?
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:18 pm

I am surprised so few people visit The Gambia, it is for us Europeans close by, easy to reach, cheap and safe to travel. A pity you didn't do so well on the herp side but seeing all those stunning tropical bird species I can imagine you are not too sad about that! Fantastic species and at least equally great pictures!
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Carl Corbidge » Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:26 pm

Yeah it's a great country safe and cheap, quite rich in snake species about 40 odd. But for a pure herping trip I think the rainy season would be better. Seems to be mainly Brits and Dutch who choose to go there, I met lots of Dutch birders. My guide Modou said he took a Dutch team of herpers up country a few years ago and they had good success with a lot of nocturnal searches, don't know who that team was though ?
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Rémon ter Harmsel » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:41 am

Nice pictures indeed!! I've been in The Gambia a few years ago, mainly birdwatching. Excellent country for that!
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Re: The Gambia February 2015

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:19 am

nice pictures!
love the bird pics.

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