GHANA 2013

Just back form a fortnight in the joyously crazy land of the Republic of Ghana. Excellent birding with the prize goal of White-necked Picathartes performing as desired albeit under a sky darkened by a raging thunderstorm! 310 species were encountered, highlights included range extensions for three species, most significant being the first records from the well worked Kakum NP of Yellow-bearded Greenbul Criniger olivaceus.

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  Also Sooty Boubou in farmbush at edge of Kakum NP, and Red-billed Hornbill in Shai Hills NP.

Driving around Ghana provides a never ending source of wonder and amusement, as the pious populus, use the word of the lord in connection with everything from ‘Jesus Saves Fast food’ to the ultimate in household decor from ‘Only gods tiles work’. The ultimate goal for many is a great send off to the promised land, and it seems no expense is spared for your final resting place with coffins made to measure and personalisied for your profession.

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A taxi driver’s final ride awaits it’s occupant!  Here it’s for a Pastor, a Cocoa farmer and a teacher!!

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Santa’s favourite roadsign?                                              Local firewood run

The invertebrates were also spectacular with the butterfly fauna particularly diverse.

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   The buses all have blessing emblazened on them, ‘God is great’, but not the almighty being would be too happy to see a taxi with ‘Except God’ on the back windscreen!  Other puzzling signs included ‘Fibre Glass Canadians’ (not sure quite what one would do with said products), but the ultimate, the greatest offer I have ever seen, was attached to an Accra lamp-post 

SOLAR SYSTEM FOR SALE:   PHONE 0231 89621

Only in AFRICA!!

 

 

 

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