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This 92-minute DVD covers 168 species at 30 sites throughout The Gambia including the famous sites a Abuko, Kotu, Tendaba, and Brufut, as well as less familiar places like Tujereng, Ka-urr, Kartong, Bansang, and MacCarthy Island. Of course it includes footage of many of the Gambian specialities including finfoot, Egyptian plover, black-crowned crane, green and violet turaco, several Western Palearctic 'dreambirds' such as dark-chanting goshawk, double-spurred francolin and Senegal coucal and hippos and chimpanzees too.
"This is one of the very best of Dave Gosney's entertaining Finding Birds in... series, many of which have seen recent updates. The DVD is packed with excellent quality footage of a superb array of West African birds. lf abundant and often gaudy birds are your thing (the Gambia has far more than its fair share of bee-eaters, kingfishers and rollers just for starters), then the Gambia is for you. This DVD gives a real flavour of just how good the birding in the Gambia is and why, with its easy birding, it is the top West African destination for European birders. The booklet [sold separately] cements it all together by providing all the detailed directions needed to find the birds for yourself."
- Steve Gantlett, Birding World 25(12), January 2013.
"This is the eleventh ‘Gosney’ in the series and explores the tiny Republic of The Gambia – which is less than 50 km across at its widest point going upstream. Starting on the North Coast with its popular tourist hotels, Dave explores the Kotu Creek and sewage ponds, Fajara golf course and Casino cycle track, together with other local sites familiar to many people. He then discovers the west coast with its coastal lagoons and wooded scrub and sites such as the impressive Kartong bird observatory. Moving east, the popular Abuko reserve is dealt with in some detail. Then moving past Pirang the journey takes in Ginack Island, and then upriver on a solar-powered boat to Tendaba, Janjanbureh and MacCarthy Island. In total 30 sites are visited.
The habitat and surroundings are shown for each site, and Dave is often in front of the camera giving his own perspective on the best way to see the most birds. A new development is informal interviews with the guides and owners of the bird lodges. There is plenty of great bird footage and almost 170 species are featured, including targets such as egyptian plover Pluvianus aegyptius, black-crowned crane Balearica pavonina and African finfoot Podica senegalensis. A gallery of photos by Steve Garvie and Modou Colley is also included on the DVD.
As always the booklet describing the sites is detailed and enormously helpful, with clear maps and precise GPS readings for locations. You could simply buy this on its own, but the DVD brings it all to life.
I made my first trip to The Gambia almost 30 years ago and it is good to see that the birding opportunities are perhaps better now than they were then. Despite the fact that I’ve made two further trips, I still discovered new locations with this DVD and booklet – which is probably the best test for any such product."
- Keith Betton, www.britishbirds.co.uk, 13-08-2012
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