MADAGASCAR ALBUM

 

 

Madagascar September 2016

 

Here's a short video of some of the highlights from our Madagascar trip in September, by Paul Willoughby

 

 

Below is a selection of photographs from our tour, courtesy of Peter Henderson

 

This White-throated Rail showed very well at Tulear

 

Ward's Flycatcher is now known to be a vanga and is renamed Ward's Vanga

 

Verreaux's Coua is perhaps the hardest of it's family to see. We got great views of this one as it caught the early morning sun.

 

The iconic Ring-tailed Lemur at Isalo.

 

This young Red-bellied Brown Lemur is so cute!

 

The Peacock Day Gecko is brilliantly coloured, and not at all camouflaged. You'd never say that of the leaf-tailed geckos...

 

We did particularly well for leaf-tailed geckos this year, seeing Mossy (left), Satanic (middle) and another unidentified (right).

 

An endemic swallowtail butterfly Papilio delalandei.

 

Madagascar Paradise-flycatcher.

 

The rare Madagascar Harrier quartering a marsh near Tulear.

 

The female Madagascar Buttonquail is more colourful than the male.

 

Huge Madagascar Birdwing butterflies are a common sight in the dry south-west.

 

The rare Long-tailed Ground-roller is found with the help of our gifted local guides.

 

 

The Indri is a must-see (and must hear!) lemur of the eastern rainforests.

 

Dimorphic Egret is supposed to be a race of Little Egret or Western Reef-heron. What nonesense!

 

A pair of Collared Nightjars roosting side by side rely on their amazing camourflage.

 

The Brilliant Blue is a common butterfly at Isalo.

 

A male Benson's Rock Thrush at Isalo.

 

 

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Madagascar tour photos 2013

 

 

Below is a selection of photographs from our successful tour and Phil's additional days there.

 

 

Tenrec at Perinet

Madagascar Sparrowhawks at Perinet

 

Ring-tailed Lemurs

 

Scaly Ground-Roller, Mantadia

 

Sub-desert Mesite, Ifaty

 

Madagascar Pond Heron

 

White-throated Rail

 

 

Madagascar Blue Pigeon

 

Collared Nightjars

 

Madagascar Flufftail

 

 

Indri

 

Madagascar Kingfisher

 

Madagascar Pond Heron

 

near Isalo

 

 

Madagascar Kestrel

 

White-browed Owl

 

Sifaka

 

Zombitse day gecko

 

Sportive lemur

 

Frances Sparrowhawk

 

Common Jery

 

Red-tailed Tropicbird

 

Tulear

 

Madagascar Nightjar

 

 

Chabert's Vanga

 

Sickle-billed Vanga

 

 

Madagascar Plover

 

Madagascar Crested Ibis

 

Madagascar Hoopoe

 

Nuthatch Vanga

 

Madagascar Scops Owl

 

Indri

 

Common Brown Lemur

 

Blue Coua

 

Chameleon

 

Madagascar Pratincole

 

Madagascar Little Grebe

 

Madagascar Snipe

 

Short-legged Ground Roller

 

 

 

Forest Rock-Thrush

 

Sifaka

 

Madagascar Pond Heron

 

Ring-tailed Lemur

 

 

 

 

Velvet Asity

 

 

Following our 2013 tour to Madagascar, Phil journeyed around to check out some lesser-known wildlife sites and was lucky to see this Aye-aye.

He was able to watch it for 30 minutes at close range where managed to snap some great pictures. He does seem to be annoyingly lucky sometimes!

 

 

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Madagascar 2012

 

Cliff Buckton kindly sent us some of his pictures from our Madagascar 2012 trip

 

 

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Nicholas Branson kindly sent us some of his pictures from our Madagascar 2011 trip

Indri, Perinet

Frances' Sparrowhawk

Blue Vanga

 

Coquerel's Sifaka

 

 

 

Running Coua

 

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrek

Chabert's Vanga

Long-tailed Ground-roller

Crested Coua

Sifaka

 

Ring-tailed Lemur

Madagascar Sandgrouse

Crab Plover

Short-legged Ground-roller

 

Collared Nightjar

Common Sunbird-asity

Giraffe-necked Weevil

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Here are a few of photographs from our very successful 2011 Madagascar tour taken by customers Phil & Sue Jones.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are a few of photographs from our very successful inaugural Madagascar tour, in September 2010. Most were take by Paul Willoughby, with a few kindly sent to us by Val Williamson.

 

Vakona Forest Lodge was our home for the first four days. After driving through rural Madagascar we were all grateful that our accommodation was so lovely.

 

This Short-legged Ground-roller was one of our first successes. It posed beautifully.

 

Blue Vanga is one of the most stunning members of this endemic family. We saw them at both Perinet and Ankarafantsika.

 

Another endemic family is the asities. We saw three out of four, including this Velvet Asity.

 

Parson's Chameleon is one of six species of chameleon we saw.

 

Hammerkops are occasionally seen in roadside paddyfields.

 

In the south, we did a boat trip to Nosy Ve. We used Zebu carts to get to the boat to avoid getting our feet wet!

 

Arriving in Anakao....

 

Then on to Nosy Ve, where we photographed Red-tailed Tropicbirds at point blank range.

 

Exploring the spiny forest at Ifaty. These huge baobabs are hundreds of years old.

 

In the spiny forest there are common birds such as this endemic Sakalava Weaver....

 

....scarce ones such as this Banded Kestrel....

 

....beautiful ones such as the Crested Coua....

 

....cryptically plumaged ones such as this Madagascar Nightjar...

 

....and endangered ones such as this Subdesert Mesite.

 

This nocturnal Lesser Hedgehog Tenrek was disturbed from its daytime roost for a few minutes before being safely returned. Our guides at Ifaty were hunters at one time, and our presence means that animals like this are shown to tourists rather than eaten!

 

Another Madagascar Nightjar was seen at Tulear Arboretum.

 

Red Fody is one of the few species which had adapted to man made habitats, being common in the rice fields.

 

This is Paul at Isalo, looking for the Benson's Rock Thrush (below)

 

Greater Vasa Parrot at Isalo.

 

Red-fronted Brown Lemur at Zombitse.

 

Hubbard's Sportive lemur at Zombitse. Sportive lemurs are so named because they adopt a boxing pose when threatened.

 

Madagascar Sacred Ibis is very rare and endangered. We saw several during a boat trip into the Betsiboka Delta.

 

Madagascar Bee-eater is common and widespread, and we saw them almost every day.

 

Spiny-tailed Iguana.

 

Sickle-billed Vangas were common at Ankarafantsika. They use their long curved bills to get grubs our of holes in the trees.

 

 

 

Milne-Edward's Sportive Lemur.

 

Madagascar Magpie Robin is common throughout the island.

 

Ankarafantsika is the best place in the world to see the endangered Madagascar Fish Eagle.

 

At the same site there are normally a few endemic Humblot's Herons.

 

This female Schlegel's Asity showed better than the male.

 

Delightful Coquerel's Sifakas delight visitors to Ankarafantsika.

 

Common Brown Lemurs can be seen too.

 

 

 

Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.

 

 

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