Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Ghana Day 8: Day of the Picathartes

We had a few hours to check out the Abrafo section of Kakum NP again. A Red-faced Cisticola showed well, and there were numerous White-throated Bee-eaters with several flocks flying around, with some perching in full view nearby. 

White-throated Bee-eater

And a Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird also posed nicely over the track. 

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird

But we spent probably way too long trying to get decent views of Red-cheeked Wattle-eye that seemed to have knack of eluding us pretty much every time we thought it was just about to come into view. A few of the group had reasonable sightings but it wasn’t a satisfactory experience overall. But what a stunning little bird! There was also a few other previously seen species such as Black Bee-eater…..

However, we were all distracted somewhat by the afternoon’s excursion to see Yellow-headed Picathartes. Arriving at the village around 2.15pm we walked through the nearby forest and up a steep trail into the hills, which took us about half an hour. Upon arrival we positioned ourselves on the bamboo benches and waited. Well we didn’t have too long to wait as within fifteen minutes this much-wanted species came into view and we spent a fantastically enjoyable half an hour watching it preening, stretching and feeding about 30 yards in front of us. What a bird this is and one of the highlights of most people’s birding career.

Bird of the tour....

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