Must be getting acclimatised as last night felt a little cooler and had a really good sleep, but woken by the raucous calls of the fabled Nkulengu Rail from the forest behind the camp. Driving along the jeep track after breakfast we had nice looks at a Blue-headed Wood Dove walking in front of us, before reaching our drop-off point deep within the forest. We were on the lookout for flocks and we did encounter a few during our morning’s walk. At an open area we had a Black-throated Coucal, a cracking Western Nicator and the extremely localised Yellow-bearded Greenbul, with a pair of hulking Great Blue Turacos flying over. I was also pleased to get better looks at a flock of Red-vented Malimbe as my views from Kakum weren’t that good. So we meandered along a series of trails and I managed to find a lovely little Buff-throated Sunbird in a mixed flock coming in to the owlet call, and I enjoyed some nice views of an assortment of previously seen species such as Icterine and Swamp Palm Bulbul, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Western Olive Sunbird etc etc. We also heard Congo Serpent-Eagle, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill and had a fleeting glimpse of a Black-capped Illadopsis, oh and a Dusky Crested Flycatcher and Buff-spotted Woodpecker were new trip birds. And just as we were walking back to the pick-up point I managed to get the mega Red-fronted Antpecker to end my time in the fabulous Ankasa forest on a huge high!
Along a dirt track a Long-tailed Nightjar showed well down to a few metres, and with potential other goodies here such as Plain and Black-shouldered Nightjars also possible I look forward to returning here on tour next year. From here it wasn’t too long before we pulled in to the Rainforest Lodge near Kakum and a welcoming hot shower – wonderful.