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News: Photographs from our Madagascar birding tours in 2010

21 December 2010:

Callan and Deirdre have just returned from 6 weeks of tour leading in Madagascar. It's been a wonderful time travelling with friends new and old and seeing our Madagascar colleagues. Our focus is always to enjoy and get good views of the most special birds, lemurs, chameleons, and others and so we were rewarded this year with some record numbers: 122 bird endemics/near-endemics (out of 123* possible) and 26 lemur species in just 16 days!

Click here for some more photographs from this tour, from our Masoala extension and from our 2009 tour.

To see the tour's top birds and experiences, as voted by tour participants, please click here.

To see more Madagascar trip reports and photographs, please click here.

If you are interested in visiting this unique island, email us or visit our tour details.

[*122 of 123 possible endemics and near-endemics were recorded on our 16 day tour. Most were seen by all members of the party, but of these, three were heard-only: Madagascar Long-eared Owl, Rainforest Scops Owl (seen on the extension), Red-breasted Coua (seen on the extension). The only likely endemic/near-endemic species not recorded on our itinerary was Madagascar Cuckoo-Hawk, which we have previously seen at Andasibe and Mantadia. The list of 123 does not include localised endemics found in remotes sites that we did not visit, e.g. Madagascar Serpent Eagle, Sakalava Rail, etc.]

Scaly Ground Roller, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Scaly Ground Roller on a Birding Africa Madagascar trip © Callan Cohen.

Pitta-like Ground Roller, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Pitta-like Ground Roller on a Birding Africa trip © Callan Cohen.

Banded Kestrel pair, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Banded Kestrel on a Birding Africa trip © Callan Cohen.

Long-tailed Ground Roller, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Long-tailed Ground Roller on a Birding Africa trip © Callan Cohen.

Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Madagascar Pygmy Kingfisher on a
Birding Africa trip © C. Cohen.

Red-shouldered Vanga, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Red-shouldered Vanga on a Birding Africa trip © Callan Cohen.

Velvet Asity, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan Cohen
Velvet Asity on a Birding Africa trip © Callan Cohen.

Indri, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Deirdre Vrancken
Madagscar's largest lemur, the Indri, on a
Birding Africa trip © Deirdre Vrancken

Sooty Falcon, Madagascar tour, Biding Africa, Callan CohenSooty Falcon on a Birding Africa Madagascar trip © Callan Cohen.

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Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders.  We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent.  We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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