Madagascar birding trip 19 Nov - 5 Dec 2010
trip report by John van der Woude  -
Other photos -  roadside scenery, chameleons, etc.
see also introduction  -  photos of sites  -  bird photos  - species list

outside our first hotel, ready to start the trip; Nollie and me at the right  Photo Hans Semeins

barefeet riksja walkers were a common sight

Short-horned Chameleon - Calumma brevicorne (male)

Short-horned Chameleon - Calumma brevicorne (female)

waving children everywhere

Calumma cucullatum? (Perinet area)

Photo Hans Semeins

Photo Hans Semeins

Photo Hans Semeins

Lucas helped the group across a stream in Andasibe-Mantadia rainforest  Photo Hans Semeins

Photo Hans Semeins

Calumma brevicorne

Extremely well camouflaged Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko or Southern Flat-tailed Gecko - Uroplatus sikorae.
Find it by starting with the eyes, it is head down.

Diademed Sifaca

Phyllomacromia trifasciata

rice fields were common on the first, wetter half of the trip

in these rice field areas houses were often considerably better than in the more sparsely vegetated areas

large sundew (Drosera)

Red-fronted Brown Lemur

Spinomantis aglavei  ('moss frog')

Phelsuma quadriocellata, a day gecko.

Photo Hans Semeins

Mantella madagascariensis
'Comet'. Argema mittrei, largest silkworm moth, endangered. Bigger than my hand!

Madagascan fire millipede

stick insect (wandelende tak)

Sanzinia madagascariensis

Furcifer balteatus, male

Heterixalus alboguttatus

Parsonīs Chameleon - Calumma parsonii

Parsonīs Chameleon - Calumma parsonii

Photo Hans Semeins

visitor statistics of Ramonafana national park; note the drop in 2009, caused by political unrest; 2010 will show some recovery 

baking bricks, this was seen on many places

probably going to church (this was on a Sunday)

for former Renault 4 drivers like me it was nice to see so many of them still here, and mostly as taxi

^ collecting empty bottles in his sleeve

huge Dictyophora grasshopper (10 cm)

in Isalo national park

the same Emperor Dragonfly as in Europe!

clothes and tyres was a proven combination 

waiting for the bus

Chalarodon madagascariensis

orchid growing on tree trunk

Phelsuma standingii, a day gecko.

one of the first baobab trees of the trip, in Zombitse forest

Furcifer oustaleti

Furcifer oustaleti

strangling fig; the original tree inside has disappeared already

looking at skulking Red-Shouldered Vanga, the third new vanga in ten minutes  Photo Hans Semeins

Photo Hans Semeins

eight happy birders (nine, including me) walking back to the bus after having seen those three new vangas 

transport across the mudflat to the fast boat for our trip to Nosy Ve island

arrving at Anakao opposite Nosy Ve island

shelter for the sun on Nosy Ve island

Photo Hans Semeins

from our lodge at Anakao, opposite Nosy Ve island  Photo Hans Semeins

at the Anakao lodge  Photo hans Semeins

our four 4WD cars for the trip from Tulear to Ifaty, the road being too bad for our bus

Photo Hans Semeins

Photo Hans Semeins

it was hot and dry in the low South; note my shadow: the sun is right above my head! 

in Ifaty spiny forest, there are other types of baobab than in Zombitse forest

Photo Hans Semeins

Chalarodon madagascariensis

Nollie has to choose something

happy to have sold something!

the baobabs in the spiny forest kept amazing us

now there were more professional sellers than the evening before

seeking shade; the dry and hot Southwest of Madagascar was very different from the cool hills with rainforest further north

our lodge at Ifaty

view from the air when leaving Madagascar, with the long strings of rice fields/arable fields in the valleys
see also introduction  -  photos of sites  -  bird photos  - species list