Photos / Sounds

What

Mackinnon's Shrike Lanius mackinnoni

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:01 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

This shrike is puzzling to me. I'm inclined to ID it as a Mackinnon's shrike because of the grey back with no white spot on the wings, but it's doesn't have any white on wings. Only shrike this color in range though....

Photos / Sounds

What

Orange-tufted Sunbird Cinnyris bouvieri

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:46 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Genus Parapetasia Genus Parapetasia

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:52 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Orange-tufted Sunbird Cinnyris bouvieri

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:37 PM EST

Place

just outside Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Support for N. bouvieri ID: purple forehead patch, purple & chestnut-red breastbands.

Photos / Sounds

P1010804

What

dark-capped bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:38 PM EST

Place

just outside Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

P1010744

What

African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:31 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

female?

Photos / Sounds

P1010767

What

Forest Weaver Ploceus bicolor

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:58 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Hard to tell with crappy photo, but I think the dark head, grey back, bright yellow belly, and pale bill support a dark-backed weaver ID.

Photos / Sounds

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:54 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Common flowering plant in montane pasture and open area.

Photos / Sounds

What

sunbirds Family Nectariniidae

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:01 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Drab with lemon pectoral tufts?

Photos / Sounds

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:07 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Tree near the Kagwene border.

Photos / Sounds

What

perching birds Order Passeriformes

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:02 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Forest edge with pasture. A bit different look than the commonly seen dark capped bulbul.

Photos / Sounds

What

African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:38 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

P1010760

What

Pied Crow Corvus albus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:42 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

perching birds Order Passeriformes

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:16 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Some drab widowbird, finch, or bunting?

Photos / Sounds

What

Hawks and Allies Family Accipitridae

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 11:27 AM EST

Place

around Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Not sure what this is, but it was a striking brown raptor soaring in the hills that I think I saw it a couple times. A pale line visible on edge of tail?

Photos / Sounds

What

Black-crowned Waxbill Estrilda nonnula

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 10:56 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Forest edge along pasture.

Not 100% confident of this ID, particularly because I don't have a shot of the rump.

Photos / Sounds

What

Carpenter Bees (Genus Xylocopa) Genus Xylocopa

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 12:53 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Large bee, maybe a carpenter bee (Xylocopa)?

Photos / Sounds

What

grey-headed kingfisher Halcyon leucocephala

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 03:45 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Location approximate (no GPS) but on forest edge of pasture.

Photos / Sounds

What

Waller's Starling (Onychognathus walleri) Onychognathus walleri

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 02:21 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Black bird pair

Photos / Sounds

What

Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 02:23 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Another option, besides Bannerman's, is Heuglin's masked weaver, but range isn't perfect and top wing is a uniform olive.

Fungi

Photos / Sounds

What

Fungi and Lichen Kingdom Fungi

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 08:50 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

No idea what this is, but the people I was with were enthusiastic collectors of this fungus, growing on a decaying log. Good food, apparently.

Photos / Sounds

What

snakes Suborder Serpentes

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 02:46 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Dead snake, caught in a snare, and exhibiting decay of >1 week (probably more). Snare was set for bushmeat species (e.g., duikers, porcupines), the snake is bycatch. I was told that a minority of people will eat snake, it is not a preferred species. Snare set-up visible in two of the photos.

Forest cobra? Mamba?

Photos / Sounds

What

Genus Khaya

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 02:18 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

African mahogany. Interesting pattern underneath peeling of bark: the result of some sort of insect?

Photos / Sounds

What

Cross river gorilla Gorilla gorilla ssp. diehli

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 01:49 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Fresh nests and poo from that am. With gorilla tracker team from Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, who provide surveillance and knowledge of the gorillas' movements.

From De Vere et al 2010: "...recently created Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary (KGS), Cameroon, and the results of an analysis of nest site preferences of the gorillas that live there. Qualitative vegetation assessments were made to assign various categories to the topstory and understory throughout the sanctuary, and nest sites constructed between January 2006 and March 2008 were re-visited and assessed for possible site preferences. The habitat map revealed significant anthropogenic impact, with only 57% of the KGS being relatively undisturbed primary forest. Analysis of nest sites showed that ground nests are constructed preferentially in the dry season, on precipitous slopes, in light gaps and clearings, with an understory of mixed herbs. Tree nests are predominantly built in the wet season, in primary forest with saplings as the preferred understory. Gorillas avoid nesting in grasslands and farms, which visibly fragment the remaining forest in the sanctuary. The results have implications for the conservation and management of the Cross River gorilla at KGS, and offer new insight into the nesting ecology of this subspecies. Am. J. Primatol. 73:253–261, 2011. "

Tags

Photos / Sounds

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 12:48 PM EST

Place

6.13002..., 9.75036... (Google, OSM)

Description

Pretty little yellow flowers in this circle-leafed ground plant.

Photos / Sounds

What

Genus Kassina Genus Kassina

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 12:26 PM EST

Place

6.13027..., 9.75014... (Google, OSM)

Description

tadpole & metamorph: if different species, then I will split.

Photos / Sounds

What

Bannerman's Weaver Ploceus bannermani

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:17 AM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Montane species. No photo of the back, but I think this might be the only option in range with a all-yellow belly, moderate black mask, and yellow eyes. Endemic.

Photos / Sounds

What

flowering plants Phylum Magnoliophyta

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:13 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

P1010328

What

dark-capped bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:16 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Squirrels & Allies Family Sciuridae

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:26 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Black-billed Weaver Ploceus melanogaster

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:24 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Nothing else like it: the mask, the black belly.

Photos / Sounds

P1010335

What

perching birds Order Passeriformes

Observer

muir

Date

February 17, 2012 07:18 AM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Spiders (Order Araneae) Order Araneae

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 07:32 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

P1010187

What

Domestic Goat Capra hircus

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 02:45 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Livestock inside Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.

Photos / Sounds

P1010195

What

African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 02:59 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

female

Photos / Sounds

What

Domesticated Cattle Bos taurus

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 03:39 PM EST

Place

Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Livestock inside Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.

Photos / Sounds

What

African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 01:14 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Very common, but the first one seen of the trip is always a treat.

Photos / Sounds

What

African Goshawk Accipiter tachiro [inactive]

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 01:15 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Tough without the frontal shot, but the slate grey back, yellow eyes, and white tail tip suggest African goshawk? Not 100% confident of this ID.

Photos / Sounds

What

Rainbow Agama Agama agama

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 01:37 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

female

Photos / Sounds

P1010133

What

Estrildinae Family Estrildidae

Observer

muir

Date

February 16, 2012 01:16 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Kagwene route, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

God knows what this is, but it has the look of an estrildid finch. Red rump, olive-brown back, and a yellow-tinged lower belly: my best guess is a orange-cheeked waxbill (Estrilda melpoda).

Photos / Sounds

What

dark-capped bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:49 PM EST

Place

just outside Njikwa, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 02:30 PM EST

Place

Njikwa-Bamenda road, cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

on cattle in highlands

Photos / Sounds

What

dark-capped bulbul Pycnonotus barbatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:41 PM EST

Place

Outside Njikwa, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

in cornfield

Photos / Sounds

What

African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:22 PM EST

Place

trail to Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, outside Njikwa, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

The most common bird seen in area.

Photos / Sounds

What

Genus Orthetrum Genus Orthetrum

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:34 PM EST

Place

trail to Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, outside Njikwa, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Blue-breasted Bee-eater Merops variegatus

Observer

muir

Date

February 18, 2012 01:13 PM EST

Place

trail to Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, outside Njikwa, Cameroon (Google, OSM)

Description

Only bee-eater saw on trip.