We took the riverside trail near camp this morning and the highlight was a fantastic Yellow-throated Cuckoo teed up in the scope – such a scarce bird and very poorly known.
|Record shot of Yellow-throated Cuckoo|
A flock high up in the canopy held several Yellow-bearded Greenbuls and a Shining Drongo, whilst Rufous-winged Illadopsis and White-tailed Ant-Thrush were only heard. After this little rush of new birds there wasn’t anything else to report and after walking a few kilometres along the main track we returned to camp early and packed our belongings in readiness for our journey back to the Rainforest Lodge at Kakum. Over lunch, Richard found an antswarm which held several White-tailed Alethe, Rufous-winged Illadopsis and even a skulking Nkulengu Rail, a Shining-blue Kingfisher was seen by a few of us, whilst John saw a White-bellied Kingfisher along the stream, as the rest of us were drinking coffee back at camp! After lunch we left Ankasa and saw Both Reichenbach’s and Brown Sunbirds at the usual stake-out. The drive to Rainforest Lodge at Jukwa gave us our first Red-necked Buzzard of the tour.