On 18 March 2015 I made a 10 night holiday with my wife at the Sheraton Hotel, Brufut Heights, in the Gambia. The hotel grounds proved very fruitful with Abyssinian and Blue-bellied Rollers, Yellow-billed Shrike, Yellow-crowned Gonolek, Purple & Long-tailed Glossy Starlings, Bearded Barbet, Green Woodhoopoe, Senegal Parrot and Slender-billed Gull to name but a few.
I arranged to make two early morning trips with guide Ebou Barry, I asked him to find me some difficult birds and he delivered on every one.
On 23/3 he took me to Kuloro where I saw 2 White-backed Night Herons, Violet Touraco were also here. We moved on to Bonto where we were unlucky with Verraux's Eagle-Owl which flew as we approached the roost site. In compensation we had great views of Northern White-faced Owl. We moved on to Brufut Forest where I was shown a roosting Long-tailed Nightjar. A bonus here was a Pygmy Kingfisher which posed superbly for the camera.