The Lower Bridge spanning
the Creek is a good place to start. From here there are good views of the open
water and vegetation of the Creek, and it is here that most of the Gambian bird
"experts" will be found. Plenty of waders, Herons and Kingfishers
can be seen from here, as well as close views of regular Wire-tailed Swallows.
A very good and not obvious spot is a leaking pipe under the trees. It is found
by taking the first track on the left to the North of the lower bridge, which
goes to the Kotu Strand Hotel. The pipe is under the trees on the left, about
30 metres from the main road. Birds here included our only Oriole Warblers and
Yellow-throated Leaflove of the trip, Snowy-crowned Robin Chat and Yellow-crowned
The gardens of the hotels
in this area are also worth checking, in particular for sunbirds. The Ponds
next to the bridge allow close approach to a variety of water birds - Black
Egret, Hammerkop, Senegal Thick-knee, Sacred Ibis, Oxpecker and a mobile Malachite
Kingfisher were all regular.