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ULTIMATE MADAGASCAR

Tuesday 10th October - Monday 30th October 2017

Craig Robson

Subdesert Mesite (Craig Robson)

Subdesert Mesite (Craig Robson)

This year’s tour delivered an impressive selection of Malagasy specialities. Iconic species like the ground rollers, asities, and mesites were all seen well, and other highlights included feeding Bernier’s Teal, several Humblot’s Herons, Madagascan Grebe, Madagascan Cuckoo-Hawk and Madagascan Sparrowhawk at their nests, Madagascan Fish Eagle, nest-building Madagascan Wood Rails, Madagascan Plover, Madagascan Snipe, Madagascan Sandgrouse, 10-11 species of coua, roosting Madagascan Owl and Collared Nightjar, Cuckoo Roller, Madagascan Pygmy Kingfisher, 20 species of vanga, including Crossley’s and the much-wanted Helmet, Red-tailed Newtonia, both Brown and Grey Emutails, White-throated Oxylabes on the nest, Wedge-tailed Jery, Appert’s Tetraka, and Madagascan Yellowbrow.

We also saw a very respectable 35 species of mammal. 25 species of lemur were headlined by the impeccable Indri, and the likes of Diademed Sifaka, while Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec, the lovely Ring-tailed Mongoose, and scores of Humpback Whales are also worthy of a mention. The lucky few, even had brief views of a road-crossing Fossa. For those with a more in-depth and wide-ranging love of wildlife, there were 34 species of reptiles and amphibians to be appreciated, and numerous interesting plants and insects, from Giraffe-necked Weevils to Hissing Cockroaches.

Schlegel's Asity (Craig Robson)

Schlegel's Asity (Craig Robson)