In January 2012, David traveled to Ghana to see the rare Picathartes. Trekking through the Shai Hills Resource Reserve, Kakum Conservation Area and Ankasa Conservation Area, he and his group excitedly spotted many other beautiful species . There were quite a few memorable sights to behold in this small West Africa country.
Click here for Part 1 of the Ghana trip report.
George Miller at our first birding site - Shai Hills, near Accra, the capital of Ghana
Doug, Isaac, James, and Brian, looking and listening for owls and turacos at Shai Hills
Little Green Woodpecker
Cape Coast Castle - the monument to inhumanity was visited by Barack Obama and his family in 2009
Cape Coast Castle - the historic site where slaves were bought, sold, shipped, and often died
Family of palm wine producers
Palm Wine (nsafufuo) still. This gregarious wine producer gave us a taste. Gnarly.
Weaver nests near Kakum National Park
Driving into Kakum Conservation Area
Rangers on the left and Isaac Ntakor (center) and James Ntakor on the right search the enchanting pond in Kakum Conservation Area
Enchanting pond that was home to Dwarf Crocodiles, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Hartlaubs Duck, among many other spectacular animals. We saw all of these - well, glimpsed the duck.
Forest Elephant tracks
Bobri Butterfly Reserve - last major birding site. Yes, I just missed the Narinas's Trogon
Apparently the Saharan dust storms are a near daily part of West African life during the winter months. A vast yellow- brown dust plume spanned hundreds of square kilometers during our visit
Ankasa Conservation Area