Thursday, 14 February 2013

MONKEY BUSINESS

Venturing out for the first time was a little daunting as we had read of excessive hassling of tourists by locals but having been to India and Turkey this was childs play,the people were mostly polite and friendly and a firm no thanks,maybe later was enough to keep them happy.
Bijilo Forest Park is a short walk along the beach and a good place to start,there are"free" guides to show you around and Yussuf was pretty good and we hired him for a later trip.
It is known locally as the monkey park as tourists go there principally to see and feed the monkeys.
Two breeds exist side by side here,the Green Vervet and Red Colobus,the green being most numerous and receptive to humans,the colubus being more wary and aloof.

GREEN VERVET FAMILY GROUP
RED COLOBUS
Birdwise it was a good place for bee eaters and three species were seen .
 
LITTLE BEE EATER
WHITE THROATED BEE EATER.
The swallow tailed bee eater was seen but too distant to photograph here but was seen again later.
The Abbysinian Roller was spotted sitting up nicely




ABBYSSINIAN ROLLER
GREY HORNBILL
RED BILLED FIREFINCH
GREY PLANTAIN EATER a member of the TURACO family
It has a huge tail that it fans from side to side, and strangely does not eat plantains or bananas in the wild.
NAMAQUA DOVE moulting into breeding plumage.
This large flock of PINK BACKED PELICANS was seen in the distance.
RED EYED DOVE
BLACKCAP BABBLER
NORTHERN BLACK FLYCATCHER
CITRUS SWALLOWTAIL
ART GEKKO
COMMON GRASS YELLOW
AFRICAN TIGER
A few more Colobus monkeys to finish with.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant! (Is the Art gekko an Agama lizard?)

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