Baobolong Wetlands Reserve birding

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The reserve measures approximately 22 kilometres by 9 km. The western part is located in the Central Baddibu district while the eastern part adheres to Upper Baddibu, both of which belonging to the North Bank Division.

Mainly the reserve is made up of the river Bao Bolong's estuary, (which is one of the larger tributaries of the River Gambia). It is located about 100 km east of the mouth of the River Gambia. Bao Bolong river's rises in Senegal and is roughly 100 km long . Baobolong Wetland Reserve also encompasses Salokini Bolong, Mandon Bolong, Duntu Malang Bolong, Tanku Bolong and Katchang Bolong.

Baobolong Wetland Reserve is one of the major targets for scientists who intend to explore The Gambia's manifold avifauna, which include 268 species of 62 families, and is a wonderful birding area.

Unsurprisingly for a wetland, the Reserve is the habitat of many water birds, including ducks and geese. Among them Comb Duck, Spur-winged Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Garganey, Northern Pintail, African Pygmy Goose and the Northern Shoveler.

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Waders searching the river banks for food are represented by birds like Western Reef Heron, Little Egret, Woolly-necked Stork, Hamerkop, Squacco Heron, Little Bittern, Goliath Heron, Great Egret, Marabou, Night Heron, Grey Heron, Cattle Egret and the Sacred Ibis.

The brackish water areas attract Spur-winged Lapwing, Little Stint and Common Sandpiper.

Among the the more notable colourful family of Kingfishers, who are seen near open water are the Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and the Blue-breasted Kingfisher.

Possibly matching the Kingfishers for being colourful are the west African examples of Starlings. Among them, the Violet-backed Starling and the Long-tailed Glossy Starling which can be found inside the Baobolong Wetland Reserve.

Rollers, parrots, pelicans and darters are all represented in the Reserve, including the Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, European Roller, Senegal Parrot, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Pink-backed Pelican and African Darter.

Various birds of prey include species like African Fish Eagle, Red-necked Buzzard, Black Kite, and the Bateleur.

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