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A relaxing stay at Mandina Lodges, with a lot of bird (and a small amount of mammal) interest.

Mornings were cool, but by midday it became very hot.
We went on morning boat trips and stayed by the pool in the afternoon,
where pied kingfishers and bee eaters dived in to wash themselves...or cool off

Green monkeys were in the grounds, and a troup of around 200 baboons lived in the forest.
They were actively discouraged due to the damage that they caused.
There was also a colony of Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bats in the restaurant...
a bit messy, but very entertaining!

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 Mandina Jungle Lodge 3
Mandina Jungle Lodge 3
  Mandina Pool view
Mandina Pool view
 Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron
 Great White Egret
Great White Egret
 Great White Egret
Great White Egret
 Pink Backed Pelican
Pink Backed Pelican
 Blue Cheeked Bee Eater
Blue Cheeked Bee Eater
 Anhinga_Darter_Snake Bird
Anhinga_Darter_Snake Bird
 Great White Egret reflection
Great White Egret reflection
 Long Tailed Reed Cormorant
Long Tailed Reed Cormorant
 Nightjar species
Nightjar species
 Western Reef Heron
Western Reef Heron
 Male Fiddler Crab
Male Fiddler Crab
 Giant Kingfisher
Giant Kingfisher
 Bronze mannikins drinking
Bronze mannikins drinking
  Greenshank hunting
Greenshank hunting
 Red Eyed Dove
Red Eyed Dove
 Blue Bellied Roller
Blue Bellied Roller
 Osprey taking off
Osprey taking off
 Nile Crocodile
Nile Crocodile
 Pied Kingfisher by the Pool
Pied Kingfisher by the Pool
 Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat colony Restaurant
Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat colony Restaurant
 Caspian Tern with lunch
Caspian Tern with lunch
 Hooded Vulture in flight
Hooded Vulture in flight
  Osprey
Osprey
  Guinea Baboons
Guinea Baboons
 Green Monkey
Green Monkey
Two Green Monkeys
Two Green Monkeys
 Laughing Dove
Laughing Dove
  Pied Crow
Pied Crow
  Verreauxs or Giant Eagle Owl
Verreauxs or Giant Eagle Owl
 Long Tailed Nightjar
Long Tailed Nightjar
 Blue Spotted Wood Dove
Blue Spotted Wood Dove
 African Grey Hornbill
African Grey Hornbill
  Village Weaver weaving_maybe non breeding male practising?
Village Weaver weaving_maybe non breeding male practising?
  White Throated Bee Eater
White Throated Bee Eater
 White Throated bee Eater male
White Throated bee Eater male
  Female Pied Kingfisher
Female Pied Kingfisher
 Agama Lizard
Agama Lizard
 Blue Bellied Roller taking off
Blue Bellied Roller taking off
 Green Monkey peering through leaves
Green Monkey peering through leaves
 Red Colobus resting on branch
Red Colobus resting on branch
 Green Monkey in mangroves
Green Monkey in mangroves
 Green Monkey digging for food
Green Monkey digging for food
The Beautiful Sunbird
The Beautiful Sunbird
 Pied Wing Swallows
Pied Wing Swallows
 Tanji fishermen
Tanji fishermen
 Tanji fishermen
Tanji fishermen
 Tanji beach fishmarket
Tanji beach fishmarket
 Grey Headed Gulls Tanji
Grey Headed Gulls Tanji
  Sanderling and Turnstones at Tanji
Sanderling and Turnstones at Tanji
  Shikra
Shikra
 Purple Heron about to take off
Purple Heron about to take off
 Nile Crocodile head
Nile Crocodile head
 Rice and potato fields
Rice and potato fields
 Grey Heron
Grey Heron
 Western Grey Plantain Eater
Western Grey Plantain Eater
 Senegal Thick Knee
Senegal Thick Knee
 Whimbrel in mangroves
Whimbrel in mangroves
 Yellow Billed Kite
Yellow Billed Kite
 Black Kite
Black Kite
 Palmnut Vulture
Palmnut Vulture
 Local cow
Local cow
 Goliath Heron
Goliath Heron
Black Heron Umbrella Bird and Great White Egret
Black Heron Umbrella Bird and Great White Egret
  Blue Breasted Kingfisher
Blue Breasted Kingfisher
 Spur Winged Plover or Lapwing
Spur Winged Plover or Lapwing
 Squacco Heron
Squacco Heron
 Bee Fly
Bee Fly
  Wattled Lapwing or plover
Wattled Lapwing or plover
 Purple Glossy Starling
Purple Glossy Starling
  African Harrier Hawk or Gymnogene
African Harrier Hawk or Gymnogene
 Abyssinian or Senegal Roller
Abyssinian or Senegal Roller
 Blackcap Babblers  drinking
Blackcap Babblers drinking
 African Paradise Flycatcher
African Paradise Flycatcher
 Dwarf Bittern (do not confuse with Squacco)
Dwarf Bittern (do not confuse with Squacco)
 Senegal Coucal
Senegal Coucal
 Black Umbrella Heron
Black Umbrella Heron
 Lesser Jacana
Lesser Jacana
  Hammerkop stretching
Hammerkop stretching
 Driver Ants crossing footpath
Driver Ants crossing footpath
 Black Tailed Godwit
Black Tailed Godwit
 Long Tailed Glossy Starling
Long Tailed Glossy Starling
 Yellow Billed Shrike
Yellow Billed Shrike
 Rain Spider
Rain Spider
 Mandina Floating Lodges in afternoon
Mandina Floating Lodges in afternoon