Gambia February 2017

Gambia birds photography trip.

February 8th – 15th 2017

We had never been to The Gambia before but having read so much about the bird life in such a small country John Hughes and myself decided to go and look for ourselves. Research showed that February was a good time as it was cooler!! drier, shorter grasses in the lakes and the raptor migration should have started. The decision to hire a noted guide turned out to be a good one and well worth the extra cost. After reading reviews we chose Musa Manneh ( and it was a good choice. Email Musa on or telephone him on 2207834098. Musa does not have his own vehicle at present but hires Abdoulie Janneh’s very comfortable 4X4 vehicle and Abdoulie as driver. They have a good relationship and Abdoulie ( ) is also a professional guide although we did not have that side of his obvious expertise to call on. He has email links on his website.

We had booked the holiday through Thomas Cooke for a 10 day stay but due to the political unrest the flights were cancelled and we lost the first three days of the holiday but although we were offered a full refund we decided to go for the shorter stay. We got a few pounds refund and some added perks on the flight, a useful extra 5kg of hold luggage, 1kg on the hand luggage and free meals on the flights.

A photography trip is different to a bird watching one as you need to get nearer to photograph them well. We did see many more species than we photographed but they were too far away for us.

Below are some of the birds that I photographed during the week.

1st and 2nd days images.

3rd and 4th days images.

5th and 6th days images.

7th and 8th days images.