On Monday, 5th Jan 2015, I counted Straw-Colored Fruit Bats roosting in trees A to G outside the northeast corner of the compound & trees 01 to 31 along the northern & northwestern wall of the BCEAO compound in Niamey, Niger.
Today's count was conservatively estimated as more than 7,262 individuals (my by-guess & by-golly estimate based on my daily drive-by was 8,000 to 10,000, & appears tobe reasonably accurate). Numbers are up substantially since my 2nd count of this colony in early November 2014.
Je ne connais pas la variété de ces chauves souris présentent au Niger. Celles-ci nichent en liberté dans les arbres qui bordent le bâtiment de la Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (BCEAO)à Niamey, Niger. c'est une forte population, puisqu'elles colonisent tous les arbres qui ceinturent le bâtiment. Elles nichent également dans les mosquées. Il en existe également dans le massif de l'Aïr au Nord du Niger (Mont Bagzan), une variété plus petite, quiniche dans les palmiers dattiers.
Small brown and white finch with red band below white throat.
Small finch-like bird with blue face and breast. Male had small red cheek patch.
Chunky sparrow with grey head, white throat patch, and chestnut-brown wings and back.
Male largely green, with long tail streamers, and yellow-sided red chest band.
Large, dark starling with prominent, long tail.
Large, blue starling with prominent yellow eye and blue nape. No chestnut color visible on belly or tail.
Pair of medium-large, brightly colored birds with red bellies and bright yellow crowns. In stream-side trees along a rivulet feeding in to the Niger River. Poor photo, but enough for positive ID.
Small, grey-backed, green-winged bird, similar in appearance to a small flycatcher. Very active, frequently cocking its tail and flitting from branch to branch in road-side shrubs between some small palms and a mango tree, not far from the river's edge. No photo!
Dark-capped bulbul with a cream=white vent and bubbly, cheerful call.
White-breasted crow. unmistakable.
Larger than red-billed hornbill. Drab grey-brown, with white eye-stripe and cream stripe at the base of the bill. Plaintive cry similar to that of a raptor.
Small, green-backed bee-eater with green throat and prominent central tail streamers.
Small green-backed bee-eater with yellow throat and black collar. No white on face.
Noisy light-blue roller with long tail streamers
A pair of medium-large kingfishers with grey heads and chestnut bellies, and prominent orange-red bills, photographed repeatedly in treetops along the Niger River.
A pair of small, blue kingfishers, with prominent white ear patches, white throats, and orange-red bills were photographed sitting on boulders along the edge of the Niger River.
Small groups of very slender, pale grey-brown swifts flying overhead, with long, thin wings, and long and deeply forked tails. Many palms growing in fields and along the river.
White-bellied stork with prominent blue face markings feeding in a shallow ephemeral pond a short distance from the river.
Small, plump, dark heron, with black cap, yellow legs, and a hunched posture. Photographed on boulders in the Niger River.
Small reddish-brown dove with prominent black collar, and light-cream/beige colored tips to tail feather.
Small reddish-brown dove with checkered throat patch and grey leading edges of wings that are clearly visible when at rest. No black collar.
Rose-ringed parakeet, green with prominent long, pointed tail (blue on top, yellow below) and hooked red beak. Unmistakable.
Large, noisy grey bird with dark head, prominent yellow beak, and white bands on the wings and sides of tail. No photo of this observation, but unmistakable.
A small-bodied night jar with a long tail, and prominent cream wingbar and white throat band that is clearly visible when the bird is at rest on the ground. It is extremely well camouflaged and I only found it by accidently flushing it while walking though a gravel-mulched bit of thorn scrub. It then landed a short distance away and I was able to photograph it and show it to two of my companions.