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An adult Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle, soars on a wing-span of up to 2,5m over the savannah in Mole National park, Ghana, November 16, 2019. I spent two weeks in Ghana together with sound recordist Magnus Robb from The Sound Approach. We spent just over a week in Mole NP, in the northwestern corner of the country, where Magnus was targeting various owls and I was busy studying the local raptors. We recorded 31 species of diurnal raptors in all, including species like Ayre’s and African Hawk-eagles, Ovambo Sparrowhawk and Ruppell’s Vulture, the latter which is thought to be a rare vagrant in Ghana, but appears to be a regular visitor based on my own sightings from three trips to the park (the problem being that people don’t know how to separate immature Ruppell’s from immatures of the more common African White-backed Vulture).   After Mole we transferred to the coast around Accra, where different waders, such as the Greater Painted-snipe, were the targets.  Thanks to William Apraku, Jackson Owusu, Joseph Frimpong and Al Hassan Majeed for their friendship, help and expertise during the tour.

An adult Martial Eagle, Africa’s largest eagle, soars on a wing-span of up to 2,5m over the savannah in Mole National park, Ghana, November 16, 2019. I spent two weeks in Ghana together with sound recordist Magnus Robb from The Sound Approach. We spent just over a week in Mole NP, in the northwestern corner of the country, where Magnus was targeting various owls and I was busy studying the local raptors. We recorded 31 species of diurnal raptors in all, including species like Ayre’s and African Hawk-eagles, Ovambo Sparrowhawk and Ruppell’s Vulture, the latter which is thought to be a rare vagrant in Ghana, but appears to be a regular visitor based on my own sightings from three trips to the park (the problem being that people don’t know how to separate immature Ruppell’s from immatures of the more common African White-backed Vulture). After Mole we transferred to the coast around Accra, where different waders, such as the Greater Painted-snipe, were the targets. Thanks to William Apraku, Jackson Owusu, Joseph Frimpong and Al Hassan Majeed for their friendship, help and expertise during the tour.


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