Lizards are fascinating creatures – I think so anyway – with distinct mannerisms, actions and expressions. They are also great to have in your room as they keep down any insect population. From the large Monitor to the much smaller Agama lizards, there are plenty of them around in The Gambia.
The Green Iguana, Iguana iguana, is a large species of lizard and is not always green in colour. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean and generally grows to around 1.5 metres in length from nose to tail.
I set off to see if I could find any of the Alpine Accentors which had been spotted in the area in the past few days but alas, no luck. At least some of the regulars were about, including this lovely female Black Redstart, Phoenicurus ochruros.
Went for a wander this morning but not much at all happening on the bird front at the moment. Saw the odd Blackcap, a couple of Spotted Flycatchers, one finch, a few doves, Swallows and Martins, but not a lot else.
It is the middle of October and still no water in the river, so the lizards are scuttling about freely. There were several tiny ones, presumably born fairly recently.
Apart from my favourite, there were quite a few other, generally smaller lizards running about all over the place.
Of all the lizards running around the compound in the Gambia, this particular Agama lizard was my favourite.
A pair of Cattle Egrets suddenly came in to land on the riverbank and I was looking forward to getting s few good shots. Unfortunately, someone scared them off just as quickly.
No flies, plenty of Flycatchers. Plenty of flies, no Flycatchers. So, either the Flycatchers are coming out at the wrong time or, far more likely, they do a rather good job. As do the Swifts as they speed up and down the streets in the town several times a day.