Saturday, July 12, 2014

Birds in the botanical garden in Bakau/The Gambia

The botanical garden of Bakau is a small park near Serekunda on the Gambian coast. It was found in 1924 and contains a selection of western African and other tropical plants. The park is a good place for birding, especially for those who have no time in Gambia. The dense vegetation is attractive for many smaller bird species that can be found in forests, bush land or plantations. Birds are easy to see, the ways are close and the vegetation is not as dense as in a forest with many possibilities to see birds. And it is a quiet place; I was there for 2 hours and all the time alone.

The Bakau botanical Garden in the Gambia
The botanical garden of Bakau.
Some birds in the garden:

 long-tailed starling (Aplonis magna) in Gambia
A Long-tailed Starling.
Beautiful Sunbird Cinnyris pulchella in the botanical garden Bakau in Gambia
A Beautiful Sunbird. 

Beautiful Sunbird Cinnyris pulchella in the botanical garden of Bakau
He was fixed on the flowers of a tree.

northern puffback, Dryoscopus gambensis, in Gambia
A Northern Puffback, the bird bird should be re-named as pingpong bird, they never sit still and move very fast through the bushes.

Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone rufiventer in Gambia
A Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher. 

Slender-billed Greenbul Stelgidillas gracilirostris in Gambia
Maybe a Slender-billed Greenbul (Stelgidillas gracilirostris)??

yellow-fronted tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus) in the botanical garden Bakau
Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird.

The botanical garden is also a good place to see smaller reptiles.

Agama a. agama in Gambia
An Agama. 

Brown-flanked Skink Mabuya affinis in Gambia
Brown-flanked Skink (Mabuya affinis).
Linked with Wild Bird Wednesday, I'D Rather B Birdin' and Viewing Nature with Eileen


  1. Sounds like an awesome place to see the birds.. Great shots of these exotic and pretty birds. Love the skink too. Thanks for linking up with my critter party. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Yes, a wonderful place, beautiful birds! Great catch!

  3. such beautiful and exotic (to me) birds!

  4. It's lovely to see such different birds!

  5. Amazing...Simply amazing!!!
    Love them all. The colors are outstanding. Nothing like what we see in the Americas.

    Don't forget to stop by and add your link today at NOON Texas Time.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hootin' Anni
    Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

  6. Beautiful and colorful birds.

  7. What a a wonderful place to visit and see not only birds but other critters. Have a great weekend.

  8. They are so beautiful, birds and the Lizards, love 'em.

  9. This place must have been blissful, a lovely way to enjoy one's own company without another soul around. I love being with people but I also enjoy my solitude at times, and to be here would be just about perfect. Fantastic photos of these beautiful and colorful birds, and the lizards, love those too.

  10. A very colourful selection of exotic species Christian. Interesting that many of them have long tails!

  11. A lovely spot with some beautiful birds Christian, especailly that Paradise Flycatcher. You did well to find yourself alone. It's not often you are on your own in Africa!

  12. OMG!!! Please take me to the botanical garden of Bakau ,too p;) It sure look like a dream place to me, such beautiful birds; and your pictures are SO gorgeous♡♡♡
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  13. Wonderful varieties. Love the colorful birds. Great shots.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  14. So eine Vogelvielfalt! Wunderschöne Fotos!

  15. loved the long tailed starling. :)

  16. That looks like such a beautiful place. The birds are great and it was good to see so many in such a short time. Great photos.

  17. Beautiful birds. Love the long tails!

  18. love the one of the sunbird upside down....

  19. Epic birding!!! The sunbirds are interesting to me as we don't have them here. In fact, ALL of your birds are interesting and new to me! Thanks for sharing!

  20. so many beautiful birds in Gambia. :)


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