Bronze-Winged Courser (Rhinoptilus chalcopterus)

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    According to Clements, rare /accidental for The Gambia. So perhaps a once in a lifetime sighting, given both my limited opportunities and field skills.

    Fortunately, near Tendaba Camp I fell in with two British twitchers, Steve and Carroll, as we were employing Modou Colley as a guide. Modou got the word somehow, and took us to the spot across the river from Tendaba camp. My thanks also to Steve and Carroll for being friendly, helpful, wonderful birding companions --particulary given the considerable difference in our experience (theirs, extensive and with over 27 years combined of birding in The Gambia; mine, all of four months now anywhere).

    jvverde, Galveston Birds, gyrfalcon_90, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Steve Byland 98 months ago | reply

      Great shot - nice find!

    2. jvverde 98 months ago | reply

      And it is a excelent shot!!!

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    3. Grandpa@50 98 months ago | reply

      Great camo suit there! Hehehehe.

    4. nightboss54 98 months ago | reply

      congratulations .... well done

    5. Buckeye. 98 months ago | reply

      Cor. Has failed to get on my list in Gambia and elsewhere.

    6. tj.haslam 98 months ago | reply

      Buckeye, this is what we call "beginner's luck" -- or an outright fluke, your choice.

    7. scuze a me 98 months ago | reply

      A new bird for me!! Thanks for posting!!
      Seen on Brisbane Birds!

    8. suerob 98 months ago | reply

      WOW! What a really great sighting and a wonderful photo! I've never seen one of these - what a beautiful, elegant bird.

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