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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Lekki Bird Club BIRD-WATCHING EXPEDITION



Most of you know I am a nature lover. So I went for my first birdwatching expedition yesterday and meeehhhnnnn... It was AWESOME!!! It was put together by the Lekki Bird Club (LBC), a group of nice and cool people (*wink). I have been so excited and in a very good mood since then, the experience left a very nice taste in my mouth and body. You can try your luck now sef by sending that your pending request, ask to credit my account now and I will allow you, just like that (all because I am in a great mood LOL).

I joined the LBC last year. I have been more of a tormentor in the WhatsApp group which is the sanest WhatsApp group I've ever joined - dey no dey post nonsense or just talk anyhow for there but hustle no gree me go any expedition all through last year. So this year, I got the notice of our first birdwatching expedition in 2018 at the Lekki Conversation Centre and I think what really worked for me yesterday was kickoff being 6:15am (well, officially...)

The Lekki Conservation Centre had always been like a home for me but for the first time, I went through LCC not noticing the monkeys, the squirrels or any other animals, my interest was only in the birds. The guide, Dr. Joseph Onoja, a professional Ornithologist (oya google him and it), totally blew my mind. Me wey don watch NatGeoWild taya, I been think say I sabi, this guy na Iwin! The brother sabi gan!

Did you know that there are over 900 species of birds present in Nigeria? Can you imagine the number of expeditions I'd have to attend to see or hear all of them (this is so AWESOME - said in Kungfu Panda's tone)

Did you know that birds are more like a true litmus test for the environment? When deforestation is happening in an area, it's easy to notice this by the deterioration in the number or a total wipe out of birds normally found in that area.

Did you also know that that bird, yes that one (I've added the picture) is not a hawk o... It is a yellow billed kite.

Did you know that there are 3 species of birds found only in Nigeria? @Samuel Okopi did a great work by writing about them in a way we would understand their qualities. Read below...
https://www.google.com.ng/…/samuel-okopi-12-lessons-of…/amp/
(Thank me later)

Unfortunately, human activities continue to pose a big challenge to the existence of a lot of birds and nature. For instance, we got to know that the global population of vultures has reduced drastically. I am sure a lot of us would be like vulture kwa, but this bird has a very important role in ensuring one of the most important processes happens. By scavenging and eating carcass, they help to speed up the process of decomposition. What has been observed is that through human activities such as hunting for various reasons (including juju - awa politicians how market???), the population of this bird that I saw regularly in Ago Iwoye in my 100 level, has reduced gan. Also, the use of pesticides and some chemicals in farming, ingested by dead animals that the vulture feeds on, the vultures ingest these drugs (indirectly) and get killed. Oh... You're still reading, abeg google it jaare...! The tori plenty...
By the way, did you know there is a bearded vulture???

We have our birdwatching expeditions every 3rd Saturday of the Month. Next month, we are going to Tarkwa Bay! The experience would most likely evolve into something bigger going forward and you get to meet some really nice and cool people (y'all watch this space). So if you are interested, do let me know... Drop a comment below.

E no cost... In fact, we didn't pay anything yesterday (because we were hosted by NCF - Nigerian Conservation Foundation) but I am sure you would need to pay gate fees, transportation and other variables where and when necessary in future, depending on the expedition location/venue (when we get to that bridge we can cross it together).

By the way, such tours are not meant for everybody o, it is not a "gbogbo ero" kind of faaji. This is a form of ecotourism which promotes low impact of human activities on the environment, encourages respect for host communities and nature, conservation of the environment and culture. If you appreciate nature and you want to learn something new, connect with nature, be schooled by nature and also learn to be patient and calm (because at times you might not see those birds on time o), this should be for you. If you like to suck pure water, eat gala, drink soft drink and throw the sachet or container out of your car or on the ground you might struggle a bit...

One lesson learnt: Not all birds are Fawul...
On a serious note, I got to really confirm that in nature, there is no mistake. Everything has got it's place and purpose.
Picture credit (those nice looking bird pictures): Navdeep Jangwal
Birds seen or heard: White throated Bee Eater, Western Grey Plantain Eater, Little Bee Eater, Pied Crow, Shikra, white spotted fluffy tail, red-eyed dove, bronze mannikin, Yellow Billed Kite, Common boubou (the spelling sha, I hope I got them right)

@Lekki bird club
Nigerian Conservation Foundation
Joseph Onoja
Navdeep Jangwal
Emmanuel Uko
#Connectwithnature
#birdwatchingnigeria
#ecotourismnigeria
#birdsmatter




Credits: Koyejo SOFOLUWE (kingfisherEco)


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