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News: Highlights from our Madagascar tour in October 2011

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Our October Madagascar tour has just finished with a wonderful few days in the eastern rainforests at Andasibe. Highlights included seeing all of Madagascar's endemic bird families including 4 species of ground-roller in just 12 days, Indris calling in the forests at dawn, the bizarre spiny desert, courting Pygmy Kingfishers, and a host of lemur and chameleons species, including the world's largest!

birding group @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Group below baobab in spiny forest at Ifaty

Banded Kestrel @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
The rare Banded Kestrel with prey at Ifaty's spiny forest

Short-legged Ground Roller @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
The toughest ground-roller: a pair of Short-leggeds!

Scaly Ground Roller @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Scaly Ground Roller at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Uroplatus sikorae @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
A leaf-tailed gecko, Uroplatus sikorae. We found two of these during our night walk in the rainforest at Andasibe.

Indri @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Madagascar's largest lemur, the Indri,calling above us at Andasibe.

Calumma parsonii @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Parson's Chameleon - the world's largest!

Indri @ Deirde Vrancken ©
The incomparable Indri - we watched two family groups resting, feeding and calling at only a few meters from us

Madagascar Giant Swallowtail butterfly @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Madagascar Giant Swallowtail butterfly at Ifaty's spiny desert

White-browed Owl eating chameleon @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
White-browed Owl eating a chameleon at Berenty's gallery forest.

Common Sunbird Asity @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
The stunning Common Sunbird-Asity at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Verreaux's Sifaka @ Deirde Vrancken ©
Verreaux's Sifaka and baby around our accommodation at Berenty.

Blue Coua @ Callan Cohen & Deirde Vrancken ©
Blue Coua, another striking endemic at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.

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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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