Saturday, May 3, 2014

Birds of the Abuko rice fields

The Abuko rice fields are a famous birding area in Gambia. They are located directly opposite the main entrance to the Abuko Nature Reserve. The access is easy and birds can be observed along the field dams and small ways. A mixture of rice fields, tree plantations, mangrove forests with mud flats and the near forest of the Abuko Reserve creates an ideal habitat for many bird species.

The Abuko Rice Fields
The Abuko rice fields.

There was a high variety of herons and egrets. This is a small selection of the birds in the rice fields:

Black Crake in the Abuko rice fields
A Black Crake.

Great White Egret in the Abuko rice fields
Great White Egret.

Green Backed Heron in the Abuko rice fields
Green Backed Heron.

Squacco Heron in the Abuko rice fields
A Squacco Heron.

Western Reef Heron in the Abuko rice fields
A Western Reef Heron.
And some birds in the trees and bushes around the fields:

Northern Black Flycatchers  in the Abuko rice fields
A flock of Northern Black Flycatchers.

Brown Babbler  in the Abuko rice fields
A Brown Babbler.

Grey Kestrel  in the Abuko rice fields
Grey Kestrel.

Snowy Crowned Robin Chat in the Abuko rice fields
Hidden in the bushes, a Snowy-Crowned Robin-Chat.
Linked with I'd rather b birdin, Nature Notes, Viewing Nature with Eileen and Wild Bird Wednesday.


  1. Beautiful egrets and herons in your pictures♡♡♡ And the last picture is SO fantastic♡♡♡
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  2. such a beautiful area and so many beautiful birds... so glad they have a protected place to live. hope all is well. have a great day~

  3. Love the area and the wonderful selection of birds you have shown us today. Have a great weekend.

  4. A great variety of birds. I love the egrets and the herons.

  5. Wow, awesome collection of birds. I love all the different species of herons you have posted. Great photos. Thanks for linking up your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

  6. Your photos of the birds are always gorgeous !!!
    Have a happy weekend !

  7. Wonderful herons! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Wonderful bird shots.

  9. I would love to see the crake and the robin-chat in real time! They're pretty.
    Great images!!

  10. a wonderful variety of birdlife

  11. Such a nice variety of birds in this rich habitat!

  12. Wonderful habitat and such a great lot of birds to live in it. Great photos.

  13. Great place for wetland birds. Similar to our own herons. Thank you for linking into Nature Notes.. Michelle

  14. great findings in a rice field. Thanks for sharing :)


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