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New Cameroon trip report online

July 7, 2011

Michael Mills reports: This year’s comprehensive Cameroon tour was a resounding success in all respect. We recorded an impressive 589 species in just 21 days, including Red-headed Picathartes, Arabian Bustard, Quail-Plover, Golden Nightjar and all Cameroon Mountain Endemics except for the inaccessible Mount Cameroon Francolin. In addition, the quality of sightings enjoyed of the most important birds was perhaps even superior to that of my previous tours, perhaps reaching its pinnacle with my best ever views of Mount Kupe Bushshrike ­ three birds chasing each other along a bare branch just 10 m away from us and for several minutes ­ a Fraser’s Eagle Owl that sat in the spotlight beam for ages, and prolonged, day time views of Golden Nightjar. Finally, the trip logistics were certainly smoother than during any of my previous six Cameroon trips, with no flight delays, drivers always on time and uncharacteristically few of the general hassles expected in Cameroon. We were also the first bird tour company to try a new spot for Red-headed Picathartes, with a walk of just 15 minutes, and this was a resounding success! Click here to read more. The next tour is again being led by Michael Mills from 9 – 30 March 2012, and the price is offered at 2010 rates for bookings received before 31 August: 4982€, single room supp 440€. Contact us at callan@birdingafrica.com for more details.

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