Tag Archives: Gamba

another surprise in the forest

Saturday, June 18, 2016     A cool breeze trickles through the trees, knocking a few leaves free to clatter their way through the branches. The forest floor has dried to a crunch. I carry my bicycle from the laterite … Continue reading

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walk with an elephant

  A report of an aggressive elephant prompted Shell Gabon to call on a veterinarian from Port Gentil to assess the health of the elephant in question. He is called Tchibanga by local Smithsonian scientist Mireille Johnson, a specialist studying … Continue reading

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good morning Gamba

A rare sunny morning during the rainy season. Radiant sunlight pours golden from a nearby savanna, illuminating a stream draining the lowland forests between Vera Plaines and the sea. A young silverback passes a remote camera, and is soon followed … Continue reading

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sitatunga spotted

On our way to Aphrodite Beach for a picnic with friends. Aphrodite is maybe 15 to 20 kilometers south of Gamba, off a pot-holed tarmac road that has good probability of seeing wildlife. It winds between savannas and forest a few kilometers in from the … Continue reading

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rain in the forest

Heading south on the tarmac, cycling past the airport, past Vera Plaines, past the line. Heavy clouds and distant thunder approaching over the southeast horizon does not bode well for a casual walk in the forest. A headwind feels like rain … Continue reading

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coastal rainforest

Enchanting, mysterious, timeless. The lowland coastal forests of Gabon are inundated with pools and lagoons. They trickle into streams of fresh, tannin-stained water coursing to the sea. Diverse little habitats where fish begin their lives, hippos find sanctuary, elephants and buffaloes … Continue reading

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poaching in Gamba

A new trail cuts through the tall savanna grasses in Vera Plaines, ending abruptly at the forest edge. Not a good sign, I think, as curiosity leads me to a slash opening in the forest wall. A narrow footpath disappears into … Continue reading

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Didric cuckoos

A pair of cuckoos appeared in the garden today. Didric cuckoos. I rarely see these secretive birds. Lately we have been having an explosion of caterpillars in the garden, and this seems to be bringing the cuckoos down into the … Continue reading

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Four chicks, three hens, and a snake

Four chicks, standing in the middle of the laterite track looking helpless and vulnerable brought our drive across the Vera Plaines savannas to a stop on Sunday afternoon. Lisa, Tina and myself were returning from an early morning walk along the Kachimba … Continue reading

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gorilla warning

A curious swish in the leaves caught my attention as I returned along a trail deep in Vera Plaines. It was late afternoon, and my walk in the forest had been delayed by rain. At least five centimeters had fallen … Continue reading

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