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!
[*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.]
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.