About / A propos

Kulikoro firefinch. A photo of the first live observation for Senegal, 2011.

Mali Firefinch. A photo of the first live observation for Senegal of this south-west Mali/south-east Senegal endemic. Dindefelo, 2011. © Jose Maria Fernandez-Garcia.

This blog and associated web pages grew out of a desire to exchange information on sightings of birds and occasionally other fauna in Senegal and interesting places to see birds, fulfilling a gap for resident and visiting birders.

Whilst there are many admirable biodiversity projects in Senegal,  there remains rather little easily accessible, published information on the “what, where, when, how many?”.  These form, whether as simple trip lists or more rigorous sampling programmes, the basics of state of the nation reports on biodiversity and the information that wildlife tourists, with their contribution to local economies, need.

Short-biled dowicher, Gadiol (St. Louis) October 2012. A first for both Senegal and Africa discovered by a visiting birder. © Alexander Hiley

Short-biled dowicher, Gandiol (St. Louis) October 2012. A first for both Senegal and Africa discovered by a visiting birder. © Alexander Hiley

The Blog is skewed towards Dakar, particularly Technopole and Ngor, which provide the best birding within Dakar ville.

 

 How to become involved and contact

The blog, since its inception in 2011, has found a small audience that contributes sightings and a means to meet up for birding. If you are resident in or visiting Dakar and have an interest in birds get in touch through Birdingpal portal, or leave a message in the comments at the bottom of this page. Advice is always available and contributions to the blog or of your trip reports are most welcome.

The authors

Bram Piot is a birder with a keen interest in African birds, which he’s had the privilege of discovering mainly during his work travels throughout the continent. Since February 2015, he lives in Dakar from where he hopes to gradually explore Senegal and further contribute to the knowledge of its avifauna.

Simon Cavaillès is an ornithologist with a long standing interest in Senegal and especially the Delta  du Saloum, where he undertook his masters and has returned many times.

Paul Robinson wrote most of the blog posts prior to 2015 while living in Dakar. Paul is now back in the UK but remains an invaluable reference on Senegal’s birds.

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3 responses to “About / A propos”

  1. theodorusp says :

    After arriving in Dakar 6 months ago, my interest in birds and birding has re-awoken. I am very happy to have found some enthousiastic birders and ornithologists. Bram thank you for introducing me to this blog. Keep up the good work. Theo

  2. Lisa Kennedy says :

    Hi, I left a comment on the most recent blog (my French is atrocious). I am new to the wonderful world of ospreys and have been checking in on various nest cams; mainly Loch Arkaig. Now that migration has started, I’m trying to find spotters/observers in West Africa (or Portugal or Spain) just to request on the off chance (long shot) if someone sees osprey (Blue JH4) to let me know. That would be Lachlan of Loch Arkaig. His many fans would appreciate it! If you yourself do not watch ospreys, do you know anyone who does in the areas I mention?
    Many thanks.

    • bram says :

      Hi Lisa,

      Not sure whether you received my reply to your original note (in French) – so just in case: the few resident birders in Senegal as well as many visiting birders usually pay attention to Osprey and other species that often have colour rings, and especially at the Langue de Barbarie (near St Louis) or at the Somone lagoon there’s a chance that your bird will be spotted. Last year I had HH4 here at Dakar Technopole, so you never know maybe JH4 will show up.

      By the way, I’m trying to get a response for JA8 which I believe should be Scottish, but despite several reminders I have not heard back from R. Dennis. The bird was seen on 28/4/17 at Ngor, Dakar.

      Best regards,

      Bram

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