Republic of Congo June and July 2014
I had two trips to do guiding the VIP's for The Jane Goodall Institute at Tchimpounga National Nature Reserve over June and July.
These months are fairly quiet with not much in the way of migrants or breeding, so I was interested to see what I would get in the nets in between guiding.
I set the usual line of nets in the gardens of the Chimp sanctuary and got the usual Pygmy Kingfishers, Rufous-tailed Palm Thrush, Little Greenbul, Green-headed and Olive-bellied Sunbirds.
So I was quite excited when I found a small honeyguide in the net! Normally I would of expected a Lesser Honeyguide, but knowing that bird as a dry savannah species which does not occur anywhere near here, I took great interest!
After looking at the book, I concluded that it was a Least Honeyguide! A new one on me!
As usual there were always a few new records for the reserve, this trip being; Cuckoo Hawk, Cassin's Honeybird, Pygmy Goose, Levaillant's Cuckoo and a very interesting but distant Kestrel, which could really only be Common, a long way out of range for the southern Rock Kestrel.
One other new species ringed for the reserve was a Senegal Coucal whcih I managed to flush into the net.
An interesting lunch on the beach and a sea watch turned out a couple of good species, a flock of Greater Flamingos flew north as did a Wilson's Petrel!
|Black-backed Barbet nominate 'minor'|
|Black morph Horus Swift 'toulsonii' 2|
All in all a great trip with some good birds seen including Red-necked Buzzard, Damara Tern (new) and quite a few remaining Rosy Bee-eaters about now during their non breeding season.