Madagascar birding trip 19 Nov - 5 Dec 2010
trip report by John van der Woude  -  www.jvanderw.nl
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.





a 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 were often combined. 


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 a 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

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