Dragging salutations for the New Year half way through January may be stretching the point just a little too far, but I was otherwise engaged during my last post where best wishes for 2015 would best have been wished. In fact, 2015 dawned without me (I am ashamed to admit). While all good birders were out making first submissions on eBird 2015, I was nursing a sore head and struggled to make it out by mid-afternoon.

But God loves a sinner it would appear. As this prodigal birder returned from his excesses and weakly raised his Bushnell’s, 2 Lesser Moorhens skittered across a small pond and disappeared into the weeds on the far side. Technically, my first bird of the year was a Laughing Dove which was rudely awakened from its roost in the hotel garden by the midnight fireworks and crash-landed by the pool. As far as eBird is concerned, my 2015 campaign started at 14.30 in the Botanical Gardens of the University of Ghana. and included a lifer rallid.

Hopefully the photography will improve as the year progresses.

Have a great 2015.

Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.