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A Very Casual World List - part IV: Madagascar

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Old Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 08:46   #1
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A Very Casual World List - part IV: Madagascar

I was in Madagascar for two weeks. Due to limited Internet, I've still not uploaded all my photos from South Africa, so there will be more updates to the previous thread coming soon.

For Madagascar, though, I can be brief, and there's no photos to upload. In terms of bird life, the island of Nosy Be, where I was, is practically sterile. Even the sea is barren. I saw several tropicbirds (white-tailed), but not a single gull, pelican, cormorant, petrel, albatross, gannet, auk, etc etc., despite being on the water all day most days. There was one sandpiper on an abandoned island.

On shore, I saw a few common mynahs, some sunbirds, a pair of large hawks, some quick things that might have been cuckoo-hawks, several swallows, and something unidentified that grabbed a lizard from a tree, plus one or two pigeons. That's the total for two weeks: about thirty individuals counting the tropicbirds but not counting domestic chickens, geese, and ducks.

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Beaches and islands in the tropics do not tend to be very birdy and can sometimes be absolutely dead as you noted!

Of note most of the birds you listed are not expected in Madagascar so not surprising that you didn’t see them. Other than a chance Tropical / Persian type Shearwater or a Storm-Petrel I generally only expect Terns, Tropicbirds, and the odd wader in locations like that.
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