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Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 30th August 2018, 01:25
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
The end: Ranomafana and Andasibe (again)

Well, we've finally made it to the end. The final stop on our comprehensive Madagascar trip was Ranomafana National Park. We only had a few targets left at this point with the highlights being Brown...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 28th August 2018, 01:27
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
SW Madagascar: Ifaty and Anakoa

Hi all,

Well it was finally time to visit the SW spiny forests of SW Madagascar. Although we had been in the country for nearly a month, everyone was very excited to visit this section of the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 7th August 2018, 22:46
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Andohahela National Park and Berenty

A bit of a slow down in finishing up these blog posts due to birding and work, but here we go.

After dipping again on Bernier's Vanaga, it was time to fly to the SE to visit Andohahela National Park...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 23rd June 2018, 20:45
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Ankarafantsika, Kinkony, & Ampitsopitsoka

Hi all,

Well after the very successful trip to Bemanevika we were off to the dry forest of Ankarafantsika. Although we arrived a bit late to our extremely slow driver, we finally made it out onto...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 14th June 2018, 02:24
Replies: 14
Views: 988
Posted By Rgallardy
If you haven't already, check out...

If you haven't already, check out cloudbirders.com. I haven't birded Costa Rica yet or looked into it much, but I'm sure there's plenty of independent reports out there. As stated above, if you're on...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 11th June 2018, 00:06
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Bemanevika

Hi all,

Well after finishing up with our short stay in Amber Mountain, we started the long drive to Bemanevika. It took over a day from when we left Amber Mountain to when we finally arrived at the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 11th June 2018, 00:03
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Hi Jurek, I do agree with you. I think the...

Hi Jurek,

I do agree with you. I think the biggest issue for us was that a number of :birding" guides seemed to have big egos. Patrice was by far the worst we encountered. Some of the other guides...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Monday 11th June 2018, 00:01
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Haha, sorry for the bad rap, but I will say that...

Haha, sorry for the bad rap, but I will say that most of the time when I meet birders who have a stick up their butts, they are Brits! That being said, I've also met some great Brits and there's...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 7th June 2018, 01:59
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Amber Mountain

Well after our trip around Andasibe, it was time to fly north and start our large circuit around north western Madagascar. The first stop in the north was Amber Mountain. The rock thrush here is...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Saturday 2nd June 2018, 12:23
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Andasibe & Iroka Forest

Hi all,

Sorry for the long delay on continuing with the madagascar trip report. I'll blame spring migration, but XC and laziness are probably to blame as well. ;-)

Anyways, after finishing up the...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 15th April 2018, 19:24
Replies: 12
Views: 2,372
Posted By Rgallardy
Madagascar Oct-Dec 2017

Hi all,

A while ago I posted about an upcoming trip to Madagascar with the goal of tracking down all of the endemics (except Dusky Tetraka). Well, the trip was extremely successful and we did quite...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 13th March 2018, 19:34
Replies: 2
Views: 781
Posted By Rgallardy
Mauritius

Hi all,

It's been a little while, but after finishing up in the Seychelles, we headed to Mauritius. In general, the island was a pretty depressing place to visit. Although it was beautiful, it was...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 27th February 2018, 00:57
Replies: 8
Views: 942
Posted By Rgallardy
Yes, I think 3 weeks would be enough to do...

Yes, I think 3 weeks would be enough to do Sumba/Timor/Flores. Yes, plane tickets will be a bit more expensive than hanging out on the same island, but overall they should still only be $40-$60 per...
Forum: Information Wanted Monday 26th February 2018, 01:57
Replies: 8
Views: 942
Posted By Rgallardy
I'd recommend the Lesser Sundas. Easy birding,...

I'd recommend the Lesser Sundas. Easy birding, easy logistics, lots of cool birds. I wouldn't get too set on the 1 island idea. It's very easy to island hop most of the time and plane tickets are...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 22nd February 2018, 01:17
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By Rgallardy
I didn't. I had just seen them 2 weeks before on...

I didn't. I had just seen them 2 weeks before on Mayotte so didn't bother. If I were to look I'd concentrate on the areas around Victoria. We checked a few locations on the west coast and didn't see...
Forum: Information Wanted Tuesday 20th February 2018, 23:18
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By Rgallardy
La Misere: -4.667797, 55.473844 Mission Lodge...

La Misere: -4.667797, 55.473844

Mission Lodge parking: -4.655086, 55.444237
Overlook/Kestrel roosting location: -4.655666, 55.445154

We heard the Scops Owl multiple spots along the road as well....
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Sunday 18th February 2018, 15:53
Replies: 2
Views: 781
Posted By Rgallardy
Seychelles

Well, after Reunion, it was off to the Seychelles, for another week or so of island birding. Luckily birding the Seychelles is pretty straight forward and we really didn't encounter too many problems...
Forum: Information Wanted Sunday 18th February 2018, 15:48
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By Rgallardy
Seychelles blog post

Here's a blog post on our recent trip if you're interested.

https://budgetbirders.com/2018/02/18/the-seychelles-indian-ocean-islands-living-the-dream/

Best,

Ross
Forum: Information Wanted Saturday 17th February 2018, 17:39
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By Rgallardy
Depending on the current road conditions, even...

Depending on the current road conditions, even renting your own 4wd could be a bit tricky. Apparently if motorbikes aren't even taking people up, then the roads are probably in very bad shape. They...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 14th February 2018, 19:37
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By Rgallardy
Colombia has been one of my favorite countries...

Colombia has been one of my favorite countries visited so far, especially because of the ease of transport and cheap options near almost all birding spots. As stated above, check out my trip report...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Friday 9th February 2018, 16:56
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By Rgallardy
Comoros Part 2

Hi all,

From Moheli we headed to the island of Anjouan. Our goal was to take a boat between the islands and although we accomplished that, it was the most miserable boat ride of both of our lives,...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Thursday 8th February 2018, 14:38
Replies: 2
Views: 781
Posted By Rgallardy
Independent Indian Ocean Islands Oct 2017

Hi all,

After finishing up in the Comoros, Josh and I headed to Reunion where we met up with Melissa (she had gone home for a few weeks). Over the next two weeks, we visited the islands of Reunion,...
Forum: Information Wanted Thursday 8th February 2018, 01:37
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By Rgallardy
Black Parrot is easy. Just hang out in the...

Black Parrot is easy. Just hang out in the parking lot in the afternoon, they should be flying around.

Seychelles Scops-Owl are quite common by voice, but can be a bit tricky to see. Mission Lidge...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Wednesday 7th February 2018, 14:18
Replies: 2
Views: 766
Posted By Rgallardy
Independent Comoros Oct 9-18, 2017

Hi all,

After finishing up my time in Indonesia, I headed to the Comoros to meet up with Josh Beck. We covered all four islands, Grande Comore, Moheli, Anjouan, and Mayotte. The trip was a huge...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 20:05
Replies: 7
Views: 1,284
Posted By Rgallardy
Snow Mountains for $500

Hi all,

Well after Biak, Melissa headed back to the USA for a short break and I headed to the Snow Mountains with Stephan and Claudia. Our goal was to do the Snow Mountains completely independently...
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