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BEST OF MADAGASCAR

Monday 30th October - Saturday 11th November 2017

Chris Kehoe

Madagascar Blue Pigeon (Chris Kehoe)

Madagascar Blue Pigeon (Chris Kehoe)

Our recent shorter tour to the endemic-rich island of Madagascar was a hugely enjoyable exploration of three major biomes, the dry forest and lakes of the north, the coast, scrub and remarkable spiny forest of the west and the rich upland rainforests of the east. Truly special birds were found everywhere we went with particular highlights being White-breasted Mesites, Sickle-billed Vangas, Madagascar Fish Eagles and the stunning Schlegel’s Asity in the north, Long-tailed Ground Roller, Red-shouldered Vanga and Crab Plover in the west and Short-legged, Scaly and Pitta-like Ground Rollers, Cuckoo Roller, Velvet Asity and Collared Nightjar in the east, ensuring that members of all the endemic bird families were recorded on the tour. Mammals were a feature of the tour too with diminutive Mouse Lemurs and noisy Indris at the opposite ends of the size spectrum while Coquerel’s and Diademed Sifakas impressed with their agility. There really is nowhere quite like Madagascar and despite its shorter duration this tour does far more than simply scratch the surface of the wonders on offer there.

Long-tailed Ground Roller (Chris Kehoe

Long-tailed Ground Roller (Chris Kehoe