On the 5th day I had a relaxing morning with breakfast and just a small walk with my girlfriend, Johanne, down to Kotu Bridge to make an appointment with our guide Alieu. Here we bumped into my brother-in-law, Mads, who had just returned from his morning run.
|Mads was training for an ironman and therefore had to stick to his programme - even on vacation...|
|My father enjoying life in Bakotu Hotel with cigarettes, cola, nice weather and loads of birds. Here Mads is seen reading in a book on training for an ironman...|
|View from Bakotu Hotel towards Fajara Golf Course and the mangroves of Kotu Stream. My sister, Sine her boyfriend, Mads, and my father are seen on the picture.|
After having releaxed in the morning all of us walked northwards along the beach and had a nice lunch in a hotel run by a danish couple.
|Lecturing my father about the joys and challenges of identifying sub-saharan cisticolas while having ckicken yassa.|
|Pied Crow, Kotu Beach, 10/11-2011.|
|Yellow-billed Kite ssp. parasiticus, Kotu Beach, 10/11-2011.|
|Mads, Johanne and Sine (my sister) watching a Hooded Vulture having a feast on the beach.|
|Hooded Vulture, close-up, Kotu Beach, 10/11-2011.|
|Variable Sunbird, male, Kotu Beach, 10/11-2011.|
In the afternoon my father and I went for some birding in the Kotu area with Alieu. At first we went to the Sewage Ponds where we saw two nice Black Crakes. After that we went to a place to look for Painted Snipes but failed to see any but instead had another Black Crake and an obliging African Pygmy Kingfisher in the fading light.
|Alieu and my father at Kotu Sewage Ponds.|
|Black Crake, Kotu Sewage Ponds, 10/11-2011.|
|African Jacanas (two adults and one 1cy) with a Black-necked Stilt, Kotu Sewage Ponds, 10/11-2011.|
In the evening we had dinner on the beach where the fishermen/beach bums had prepared the fish that Mads had caugth the day before.
|A gambian party without drums would be like having a shrimp-cocktail without shrimps.|
|It tasted better than it looks. Actually the fish was some of the best I've ever had but the athmosphere might also have contributed to this....|
|Danes eating gambian cuisine with their fingers. From left to right: My father, sister, brother-in-law, girlfriend, myself and my mother.|