Madagascar birding trip 19 Nov - 5 Dec 2010
trip report by John van der Woude  -  www.jvanderw.nl
Photos of endemic birds and lemurs  
Part 2 - the dry Southwest      
(part 1 - rainforest areas)
see also introduction  -  photos of sites  -  other photos  - species list

Malagasy Harrier above the grassy plains NE of Isalo NP.
Photo Wietze Janse

Malagasy Harrier, same bird.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Benson's Rock Trush (now lumped with Forest Rock Thrush), Isalo NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Female of same rock thrush.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Malagasy Kestrel.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Cuckoo-Hawk, Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

White-browed Hawk-Owl, Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

White-browed Hawk-Owl, Zombitse Forest NP. Photo Hans Semeins

Giant Coua, Zombitse Forest NP. Photo Eduard Sangster

Giant Coua, Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Giant Coua, Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Rufous Vanga (without tail), Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Appert's Tetraka (Greenbul), Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Zombitse (Hubbard's) Sportive Lemur, Zombitse Forest NP.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Verreaux's Coua, near Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Lafresnaye's Vanga, near Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Sickle-billed Vanga, near Tulear. After the Lafresnaye's Vanga, this was the second new vanga in ten minutes in the bush area just inland from Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Red-shouldered Vanga was the third new vanga in the same bush area near Tulear. 
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Red-shouldered Vanga, near Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Sandgrouse, near Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Sandgrouse, near Tulear.
Photo Wietze Janse

Madagascar Sandgrouse, near Tulear.
Photo Wietze Janse

Littoral Rock Thrush male, Anakao. Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Littoral Rock Thrush female, Anakao.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Malagasy Kestrel, Anakao.
Photo Wietze Janse

Red Fody, Anakao.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Sakalava Weaver, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Hoopoe, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Hoopoe, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Plover, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Nightjar, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Subdesert Mesite, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Wietze Janse

Long-tailed Ground Roller, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Long-tailed Ground Roller, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Long-tailed Ground Roller, spiny forest Ifaty. Photo Hans Semeins

Thamnornis, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Archbold's Newtonia, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Archbold's Newtonia, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Wietze Janse

Crested Coua, spiny forest Ifaty. Photo Eduard Sangster

Crested Coua, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Green-capped Coua (subspecies of Red-capped Coua), spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Running Coua, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Running Coua, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

The sportive lemur of the spiny forest of Ifaty. The precise taxonomy is not yet clear here. It can be Hubbard's (Zombitse) or Petter's or even a third species.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Lafresnaye's Vanga, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Sickle-billed Vanga, spiny forest Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Grey-headed Lovebird pair, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Grey-headed Lovebird male, Ifaty.
Photo Wietze Janse

Malagasy Coucal, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Chabert's Vanga, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Crested Drongo, Ifaty.
Photo Wietze Janse

Greater Vasa Parrot, Ifaty.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Madagascar Magpie-Robin.
Photo Wietze Janse

Malagasy Pond Heron. The bird with the bushy crest facing left. An endangered species and our last endemic. In heronry in Antananarivo.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl
 
A few non-endemics:

Crab-plover, Nosy Ve island south of Tulear.
Photo Wietze Janse

Lesser Crested Tern (one of c. 1500), Nosy Ve island south of Tulear.
Photo Wietze Janse

Olive Bee-eater, near Tulear. Also named Madagascar Bee-eater, but winters in eastern Africa, and even breeds there.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Red-tailed Tropicbird, Nosy Ve island south of Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Red-tailed Tropicbird, Nosy Ve island south of Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Greater Painted Snipe, between Ifaty and Tulear.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl

Dimorphic Egret, heronry Antananarivo.
Photo Wietze Janse

Black Heron, heronry Antananarivo.
Photo Laurens Steijn/ BirdingBreaks.nl
see also introduction  -  photos of sites  -  other photos  - species list