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  1. Jeanie

    Bird watching and more. 2019

    The weather was very good. It was very windy in San Jose but I think there was only a short burst of rain all the time we were there.
  2. Jeanie

    Bird watching and more. 2019

    Have just returned from a good trip to Costa Rica. The 11 night bird watching part of the trip was arranged by Alfredo Scott of Wild bird tours whom my husband met at the Bird fair. We flew in early so that we could spend 3 nights in San Jose in the Hotel Le Presidente by ourselves. We...
  3. Jeanie

    Had a great trip with Ebrima W Barry.

    The food at George town was better but the food at Tendaba was ok. The room at Tendaba was bigger but we had no water on the second night. However, they brought water to the room and we had a bucket bath. Did not have experience of the main camp at Baobolong, apart from eating, so hard to...
  4. Jeanie

    Had a great trip with Ebrima W Barry.

    We had 1 night at Baobolong camp. We were booked in at the main camp but they had a group so we were put up at the annex by the river. We ate, and the food was great, at the main camp. We had heard of poor condition but the room which was small was very clean. We had taken some insect killer...
  5. Jeanie

    Had a great trip with Ebrima W Barry.

    We have recently returned from a trip to The Gambia. We booked a 14 night trip with Thomas Cook and stayed at the Bakoto Hotel. This place is good for birding but is small and you have to pay extra for a fan. On the recommendation of another birdwatcher we pre booked Ebrima W Barry. The W is...
  6. Jeanie

    Cruise to Sweden May '18.

    I am going on a 10 night cruise around Sweden in May. We will be spending an overnight in Stockholm. Can anyone recommend a local guide who could take us out for the day? Many thanks.
  7. Jeanie

    Best Hotel?

    Hope you have a great time Mark. Do let me know any helpful hints re the area. I have noticed that they do not supply pool towels. Otherwise most reports seem positive.
  8. Jeanie

    Best Hotel?

    Many thanks for all suggestions. We have gone with our guides suggestion and booked the Bakotu.
  9. Jeanie

    Best Hotel?

    Many thanks David for all your helpful advice. Yes it was the Kombo Beach. This was before we became birders but we were astonished at how lovely they were. We are in touch with a guide called Ebrima Barry. Just waiting to confirm dates. We thought we could fly on a Wednesday but the hotel says...
  10. Jeanie

    Best Hotel?

    Hi, we are in the middle of arranging a trip to the Gambia with a guide. Went many years ago and stayed at the Koto Beach where we had devastating food poising. Does anyone have experience of the Bakotu Hotel? I am trying to decide between that and the Senegambia. All we need are clean rooms and...
  11. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Not as bad as it first appears. Back home and have had time to reflect on birding in North Goa. Beyond doubt, if someone has not been there for a few years the building work will come as a great shock. However, to new birder to Goa or to someone who comes most years and has got used to the...
  12. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Went to Arpora forest this morning. Rumours of its demise are exaggerated. The walk to the quarry is clearly marked. The walk further on is a bit more overgrown but easily accessible. We retraced our steps and took the path further into the forest till it brings you to the fields which have...
  13. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Went to Mayem lake today. Very overgrown and not many birds. Had brown cheeked fulvetta, orange breasted pigeon, black naped monarch and several warblers
  14. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Trogan, Blue capped Rock Thrush and many more delights at Bondla.
  15. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Just returned from a trip to Solapur. Last sighting of the Indian Bustard was in November. Nevertheless did some good birding on the way. River Terns and Grey-necked buntings were amongst the highlights. Back in Goa had some good birds on lower Baga Hill. Blue faced Malkoha and Treepie amongst...
  16. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    According to some Finnish chaps the Scops are still there though we are yet to see them. There is also a spotted owlet near one of the bars.
  17. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    Know were you mean. Will be able to look in about 15 hrs!!! Can't wait.
  18. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    First went to the MD in 2000 and last in Nov 2016 but do not know what you mean by the barbecue pit. I think they have some tin ones by the area they now use for breakfast. Do you mean there?
  19. Jeanie

    Goa Winter 2017 - 2018

    We leave from Manchester tomorrow for 4 weeks . Staying at the MD. Hope to visit Bijapur in Karnataka for a couple of days and then get Raymon, Rama, to take us to the bustard spot near Solapur.
  20. Jeanie

    Quebec

    Many thanks for all your suggestions. I will look closely at them.
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