This is a male Senegal Batis (Batis senegalensis), a most exotic and interesting little bird and getting photos of both male and female of this species was one of the highlights of my trip.
I am in the car at the moment travelling back from the Gambia via Manchester Airport. All in all, a great birding trip with numerous and constant photographic opportunities.
Having travelled the world, not only in my career but now as a bird watcher, photographer and holidaymaker, I wasn't expecting such a cultural shock. Gambia is a crazy place! The dirty rubbish strewn roads are dusty and busy, and that's not to mention the sandy tracks that you find yourself negotiating on every birding outing. It's a poor country with a fractured infrastructure, even the airport is like an imitation of the real thing. For example the main terrace cafe is serviced from what can only be described as a lean to shack!