GHANA ALBUM

 

 

 

 

Pat Cole just sent us these fantastic pictures of the Yellow-headed Picathartes seen on our 2016 trip.

 

 

 

 

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Here's the first few pictures from our inaugural Ghana tour in December 2016, by Paul Willoughby

 

White-crowned Robin-chat at Mole NP

 

Grey-headed Kingfisher

 

Red-bellied Paradise-flycatcher

 

A Chocolate-backed Kingfisher caught and then swallowed whole a huge Praying Mantis

 

A Black Dwarf Hornbill, Africa's rarest hornbill species

 

and a bit of video too....

 

 

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Paul has just returned from a recce to the West African country of Ghana. We have plans to introduce this tour in November 2016.

In the meantime, here are a few photographs and videos to whet your appetite.

 

In the dry north of Ghana, savanna habitat allows for easy birding. This Grey-headed Kingfisher posed beautifully in Mole National Park.

 

 

We visited a site for the rare Yellow-headed Picathartes, perhaps the most unusual passerine on the planet. Below is it's nest - mud plastered to a rock face in the forest.

 

 

Fortunately it's not obligatory to walk to the Picathartes site with a bottle of water balanced on your head whilst wielding a machete, like our guide did!

 

Yellow-winged Bat is found in the dry savanna.

 

Violet Turaco is widespread in the country.

 

 

The beautiful Grey Woodpecker is reliably found at Mole NP.

 

This Stone Partridge fed at close range, seemingly oblivious to our presence.

 

 

A male Scarlet-chested Sunbird.

 

Red-throated Bee-eater

 

 

 

The Red-billed Helmetshrike is fully of character. In fact, it is our local guide's favourite bird.

 

A male Red-billed Firefinch at Mile National Park.

 

In the rainforest, birding and photography are more challenging. Nevertheless, it is possible to see many wonderful species such as this Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher.

 

A fruiting tree near the capital, Accra, attracted lots of Purple Glossy Starlings.

 

 

 

A Northern Black Flycatcher at Mole NP.

 

A group of Green Woodhoopoes provided great entertainment near Accra.

 

 

Grasshopper Buzzards are very common in the north of the country.

 

Village life in northern Ghana. Solar powered streetlights are a recent addition!

 

 

The canopy walkway at Kakum is one of the highlights of the trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw hundreds of Collared Pratincoles at Sakumono Lagoon, including this very approachable bird.

 

The Chestnut Wattle-eye is one of the few birds in the world which is named after the female's colouration.

 

Copper-tailed Starling.

 

The Blue-throated Roller is easy to see above the rainforest canopy.

 

Blue-moustached Bee-eater is one of the most sought-after species in Ghana. Beautiful!

 

Blue-breasted Kingfisher at Mole NP.

 

Blue-bellied Rollers are common enough in the savanna areas.

 

Black Dwarf Hornbill can occasionally be seen from the canopy walkway at Kakum.

 

Agama Lizards are abundant.

 

African Green Pigeon seen from the Kakum walkway.

 

African Dwarf Kingfishers are decidedly scarce.

 

The Afep Pigeon is a beautiful inhabitant of the rainforest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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