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SENEGAL

Tuesday 14th February - Monday 27th February 2017

Mark Beaman

Mali Firefinch, a localized West African endemic and a mega-speciality of southeastern Senegal  (Mark Beaman)

Mali Firefinch, a localized West African endemic and a mega-speciality of southeastern Senegal (Mark Beaman)

Our first ever ‘Senegal-only’ tour (all our previous visits to Senegal were combined either with Gambia or the Cape Verde Islands) followed on from my successful exploratory work in 2016 and early 2017, and what a great tour it turned out to be! We turned up an absolutely stunning variety of Sahel or other regional specialities among the 352 bird species recorded, including Scissor-tailed Kite, Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle, Savile’s Bustard, Black Crowned Crane, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, African Collared Dove, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Guinea and Violet Turacos, Western Grey Plantain-eater, the fabulous Golden Nightjar, Blue-bellied Roller, Western Red-billed Hornbill, Vieillot’s and Bearded Barbets, Fine-spotted and Little Grey Woodpeckers, Senegal Parrot, Senegal Batis, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Piapiac, Sennar Penduline Tit, Sun Lark, Dorst’s Cisticola, River Prinia, Cricket and Oriole Warblers, White-crowned Robin-Chat, Long-tailed Glossy, Chestnut-bellied and Neumann’s Starlings, Pygmy Sunbird, Sudan Golden Sparrow, Mali and Black-bellied Firefinches, Lavender Waxbill, Sahel Paradise Whydah, White-rumped Seedeater and Gosling’s Bunting. In addition we also found such great birds of more widespread distribution as the lovely White-backed Night Heron, Grasshopper Buzzard, Fox Kestrel, African Finfoot, the huge Arabian Bustard, the superb Egyptian Plover, the marmalade Pel’s Fishing Owl, Standard-winged Nightjar and Narina’s Trogon.