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ULTIMATE MADAGASCAR

Thursday 16th October - Monday 10th November 2014

Chris Kehoe

Pitta-like Ground Roller (Chris Kehoe)

Pitta-like Ground Roller (Chris Kehoe)

This year’s Ultimate Madagascar tour once again served up a mouthwatering collection of Malagasy specialities including all of the Ground Rollers, Asitys and Mesites plus the spectacular Madagascar Cuckoo Roller and, for those who undertook the extension to the Masoala Peninsular where we found Helmet and Bernier's Vangas, all of the Madagascar Vangas too. All in all it was a hugely successful tour with good views of both Emutails, all of the stunning Couas, Malagasy Harrier at three sites, the rare Madagascar Sparrowhawk at two sites plus brief views of the very rarely seen Madagascar Serpent Eagle. Aside from the birds we found a fine selection of Lemurs while other mammals included Humpback Whales and a very obliging Fossa. The tour logistics ran relatively smoothly (though a late change to one flight time denied us the chance to search for Red-tailed Newtonia) and the weather throughout was generally fine and sunny.

The rarely-seen Fossa was a welcome bonus! (Chris Kehoe)

The rarely-seen Fossa was a welcome bonus! (Chris Kehoe)