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BEST OF MADAGASCAR

Tuesday 26th July - Saturday 6th August 2016

Chris Kehoe

Madagascan (Long-eared) Owl showed particularly well this year (Chris Kehoe)

Madagascan (Long-eared) Owl showed particularly well this year (Chris Kehoe)

Our recent Best of Madagascar tour took us to the dry forests and lakes of the north, the arid southwest with its stunning spiny forest and finally to the lush rainforests of the east. This wide variety of habitats led to a diverse list of highlights that included such fantastic species as Long-tailed Ground Roller (voted bird of the trip by a substantial margin), superb White-breasted and Subdesert Mesites, a host of Vangas that ranged from the furtive Crossley's to the extrovert Sickle-billed via the rare and extremely localized Red-shouldered, all nine of the possible, and spectacular, Couas, Madagascan and White-browed Owls at day roosts, the critically endangered Madagascan Fish Eagle, sky dancing Madagascan Harriers plus the exquisite Collared Nightjar. Members of all the endemic Malagasy bird families were found along with a fine selection of lemurs including the amazing Indri that serenaded us at ear splitting volume. With the exception of one rainy afternoon at Tulear the weather was fine throughout, if a little chilly at times.

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - one of several cracking lemurs seen! (Chris Kehoe)

Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur - one of several cracking lemurs seen! (Chris Kehoe)