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Old Friday 20th April 2018, 14:32   #24
Trystan
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12/4/18

Lake Awing

373. (192.) RUWENZORI HILL BABBLER
374. (193.) AFRICAN STONECHAT
375. (194.) ELLIOT'S WOODPECKER
376. (195.) YELLOW BISHOP
377. (196.) Pectoral patch cisticola
378. (197.) BANDED WATTLE-EYE
---. (198.) Little grebe
379. (199.) African cuckoo
380. (200.) BIOKO BATIS
381. (201.) White bellied tit
382. (202.) BLACK COLLARED APALIS
383. (203.) Preuss's weaver

Baba II

384. (204.) BANNERMAN'S WEAVER

With no trip to Kupe, we were able to afford a second attempt at Lake Awing after missing out on a few difficult birds. We tried again the following day with a little more success.

13/4/18

Lake Awing

385. (205.) AFRICAN BLACK SWIFT
386. (206.) Black shouldered kite
387. (207.) BANGWA FOREST WARBLER
388. (208.) BANNERMAN'S TURACO
389. (209.) Red rumped swallow
390. (210.) FOREST WHITE-EYE

Still chasing a few mountain specialities/endemics our guide took us further north east to Oku. Along the way we picked up:

391. (211.) Mottled swift
392. (212.) Tawny flanked prinia

Disappointed that Moutain wagtail was also seen by some of the group but not shared. Would have been a lifer.

14/4/18

Lake Oku

393. (213.) CAMEROON GREENBUL
394. (214.) GREY CHESTED BABBLER - A big relief for the few who managed to get onto it
395. (215.) Honey buzzard
396. (216.) MARTIAL EAGLE

We aimed to reach Kumba before 6pm when the road is closed as part of a curfew. On the way back to Bamenda we had:

397. (217.) CABANIS'S BUNTING
398. (218.) Western plantain eater
399. (219.) Grey kestrel

Unfortunatley, we were then held at one of the checkpoints on the N6, and were not permitted to continue without escort. This entailed a one and a half hour delay waiting for a commander from the town of Mamfe to arrive. Instead he sent some more soldiers and we were escorted to the base in Mamfe, made to wait another hour, then told it was too dark and unsafe to continue on our journey.

It was pointed out that had we not been held against our will and taken where we did not want to go, we would have already been in Kumba.

Anyway, we did manage:

400. (220.) Narrow tailed starling - while waiting at the checkpoint.

We had to wait overnight at a hotel in Mamfe, then wait for an escort to Kumba which entailed packing 5 soldiers into our already uncomfortable vehicle and setting us back on our journey by 5 or 6 hours in total, arriving in Limbe long after the best birding of the day.
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World total (IOC) 2223 Eastern yellow wagtail; UK total 364 Red footed falcon; Yorkshire total 313 Red footed falcon
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