The purpose of my trip was to looking into setting up a regular winter rain forest project out there, so we did a tour of some of the key forest sites trying to get more familiar with the forest species, get to grips with the calls and also making a start on getting to know some of the butterfly species (there are 950 different species in Ghana).
We looked at several areas and honed in on a couple of forest areas near Kumasi- the famous Bobiri Butterfly Sanctuary and an upland area where I used to work 20 years ago (in gold exploration) at Manso Nkwanta- seems like a relatively easily accessible area with plenty to explore and there is also little information currently available on the Manso Nkwanto area so a good place to focus some exploration effort.
We also visited the famous Kakum National Park and the relatively recently opened up Ankasa Forest. There was little internet access available so rather than a day to day account I'll just do some blog posts on the areas we visited starting off with Kakum National Park, famous for it's canopy walkway and great birds.
KAKUM NATIONAL PARK
View from the canopy walkway over the rain forest
Little Grey Flycatcher
Blue-headed Wood Dove
Osprey over the canopy walkway- presumably not a common forest bird but a migratory individual?
Lesser Spot-nosed Monkey. Both this species and Black-and-white Colobus were present from the walkway
Brown Nightjar calling- there were at least three birds calling but frustratingly we didn't see them
Honeyguide Greenbul calling- a distinctive call of the Ghana forests
Isaac Ntakor and myself on the canopy walkway- a must visit birding destination.