Birding trip report Ghana 1-12 February 2014  -  John van der Woude  -  www.jvanderw.nl
Photos of birds etc.   -   see also report

Long-tailed Glossy Starling at Sakumana lagoon. According to the field guide, this is out of range. Apparently, like other starlings, it is expanding its range.

The first of many colourful butterflies on this trip. Sakumana lagoon area.

Ethiopian Swallows at the border of Sakumana lagoon.

White-throated Bee-eater is common in Kakum NP and other forests.

A wish-list species: Rufous-sided Broadbill, in the border zone of Kakum NP.

Slender-billed Greenbul is one of those rather drab greenbuls. Gladly, we had seen most of them on previous trips so we did not have to go after all of them...

Black Bee-eater sat next to the track in the Kakum NP border zone, and again it was Kalu's sharp eyes who detected the bird first.

Village weavers have a large colony right next to the restaurant of our lodge near Kakum NP (Hans Cottage Botel). We observed a remarkable phenomenon here at lunch time: all weavers left the colony in one wave, in order to gather nest material at a clump of tall grass at c. 120 m distance. Nollie's explanation for this was that by going all at the same time no one would be able to steal nest material from the neighbours. Or even: they saw the most notorious thief flying out and happily followed him as their nests would be safe for those few minutes.

Marsh Tchagra in the coastal savanna near Kakum NP.

Senegal Thicknee and Egyptian Plover in the Northern Region.  Wow!

Our first bird in Mole NP upon arrival in the early evening, the wish-list Standard-winged Nightjar.

Red-throated Bee-eater was another lifer, we had not seen that in The Gambia as we stayed there only in the coastal zone then.

Red-cheeked Cordon-Bleu at the Mole lodge.

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting at the Mole lodge.

Lavender Waxbill at the Mole lodge.

Malachite Kingfisher at a shaded old river course in Mole NP. The bird has white on the breast and probably belly, a deviation (described in Sinclair & Ryan Birds of Africa South of the Sahara) from the usual plumage, but the dark cap reaches the eye so in Ghana it cannot be White-bellied Kingfisher which moreover is a forest bird.

Pearl-spotted Owlet, attracted to its own call which we used now and then to attract mobbing small birds.

White-headed Vulture, female. Mole NP.

White-backed Vulture joined the above White-headed Vulture.

Sun Larks waiting for our car to pass.

Sun Lark at the same spot, not shy.

White-throated Francolin is not seen on every trip.

Cabanis Bunting, in a more open part of Mole NP.

Blackcap on our second visit to Abufoo forest N of Kumasi. A rare species for Ghana. In the Ghana field guide (Borrow & Demey 2010) only four records are mentioned. Also, the Handbook of the Birds of the Western Palearctic says it's a rare bird in Ghana, despite the fact that Ghana is in a broad overwintering zone for this species.

Bobiri forest reserve is well known for its butterflies.

Blue-headede Bee-eater in the Atewa hill forest.

Levaillant's Cuckoo at the interesting open-country base of the Atewa hill forest.

Large Fairy Hairstreak Hypolycaena antifaunus. The 'paper snippets' are part of the butterfly!
See also http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Africa%20-%20Hypolycaena%20antifaunus.htm

A Calopteryx demoiselle I presume.