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  1. Stripe-throated Jery MAD SER

    Stripe-throated Jery MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar, and is more or less common in forests throughout the island. I photographed it using fill flash.
  2. Scaly Ground-Roller MAD SER

    Scaly Ground-Roller MAD SER

    This bird was on the deeply shaded floor of primary rain forest at Mantadia National Park, Madagascar, where it was foraging for small prey in the leaf litter. I photographed it using flash during one of its pauses between sprints of running. The species is endemic to eastern Madagascar.
  3. Sakalava Weaver Male MAD SER

    Sakalava Weaver Male MAD SER

    This unique species of weaver is endemic to Madagascar.
  4. Red-shouldered Vanga MAD SER

    Red-shouldered Vanga MAD SER

    We searched for hours for this little-known species in a tract of semi-arid secondary scrub and open woodland where it is known to occur. We found this bird in late afternoon. I used fill flash for the photo.
  5. Red-fronted Coua MAD SER

    Red-fronted Coua MAD SER

    For only moments did I obtain clear views of the entire bird as it moved through the dense, dark understory of secondary rainforest. This view of only the front part of the bird, was the best photo I could get; it shows the species' main characteristics for ID. I used flash as the main...
  6. Madagascar Bulbul 2 MAD SER

    Madagascar Bulbul 2 MAD SER

    This morning, I uploaded this photo under the name, "Nuthatch Vanga - TAXONOMY QUANDARY - MAD SER," and received a response from Rudi (user cerylerudis) gently pointing out that the bird is a Madagascar Bulbul. My face is as red as the bird's bill! Anyway, I promptly deleted my post...
  7. Pitta-like Ground-Roller MAD SER

    Pitta-like Ground-Roller MAD SER

    I photographed this bird in early morning at the deeply shaded floor of a rain forest. To obtain a sharp image of the moving bird in these dark conditions I chose to use flash. This species is endemic to Madagascar, where it occurs in undisturbed rain forests in the eastern part of the country.
  8. Namaqua Dove MAD SER

    Namaqua Dove MAD SER

    This small dove with long tail and black front is widely distributed in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of the Middle East, and Madagascar. It prefers semi-arid environments and associated vegetation such as Acacia scrub woodland and, in Madagascar semi-open dry forest including spiny forest.
  9. Madagascar Magpie Robin MAD SER

    Madagascar Magpie Robin MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar, and is common in a wide range of forested habitats throughout the island. I took the photo using fill flash.
  10. Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Female MAD SER

    Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher Female MAD SER

    Compared to the spectacular long-tailed male Madagascar Paradise Flycatcher, the female bird is rather plain, as shown here. The species is endemic to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. It occurs in forests throughout Madagascar. I took this photo using fill flash.
  11. Madagascar Wagtail MAD SER

    Madagascar Wagtail MAD SER

    This lovely bird was foraging on the grounds and roofs of Setam Lodge by Ranomafana National Park. The species is endemic to, and common throughout Madagascar where it typically occurs in open habitats -- often near surface waters.
  12. Madagascar Pigmy Kingfisher MAD SER

    Madagascar Pigmy Kingfisher MAD SER

    I used flash to photograph this bird in early evening when it had established itself at its night roost. This small forest kingfisher is endemic to Madagascar, and is common throughout the island except in the extreme south.
  13. Madagascar Nightjar MAD SER

    Madagascar Nightjar MAD SER

    I photographed this bird at dusk, just when it was starting to fly in search of prey. It was its flight, nearly colliding with my head, that revealed the bird to me. There was barely enough light to see that the bird had landed. During that brief period, and with my wife directing a flashlight...
  14. Madagascar Long-eared Owl MAD SER

    Madagascar Long-eared Owl MAD SER

    This bird was at its day perch about 15 m up in an exotic pine tree near the road in Andasibe National Park, Madagascar. To avoid photographing only the underside of the bird, I stepped back as far as I could while still getting a clear view of the bird through the intervening foliage. To get...
  15. Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo MAD SER

    Madagascar Lesser Cuckoo MAD SER

    I used fill flash to photograph this bird when the sun was setting. The species is a breeding endemic of Madagascar in summer, and nests in forests of various types throughout the island. Some individuals are year-round residents of Madagascar, but most winter in east Africa.
  16. Madagascar Kestrel MAD SER

    Madagascar Kestrel MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar and Aldabra. It occurs throughout Madagascar, where it is common. I used fill flash with a Better Beamer to supplement the lighting of this bird.
  17. Madagasgar Hoopoe MAD SER

    Madagasgar Hoopoe MAD SER

    A pair of this species was foraging on the grounds of Relais de la Reine resort at Isalo, Madagascar. Unfortunately, the only decent image I was able to get was of one of the birds when it was sitting on a rope barrier by a roadside. I used fill flash with a Better Beamer to illuminate the...
  18. Madagascar Fody, Two Views MAD SER

    Madagascar Fody, Two Views MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar, where it is widespread and common in a variety of habitats, and has been introduced to the surrounding smaller islands. The posted picture combines two views of the mature male bird.
  19. Madagascar Cisticola MAD SER

    Madagascar Cisticola MAD SER

    I photographed this bird late in the afternoon at a shrubby and weedy, slightly brackish flat just inland of the beach dune, and just north of Ifaty Beach Club Resort. The species is endemic to Madagascar and the nearby islands, Cosmoledo and Astove. It is widespread in shrubby and disturbed...
  20. Madagascar Bulbul MAD SER

    Madagascar Bulbul MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar and nearby islands (Comoros, Aldabra) where it is common. It occurs in a wide range of habitats.
  21. Madagascar Blue Vanga MAD SER

    Madagascar Blue Vanga MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar where it is common and widespread in forest and adjacent scrub except in the south. I photographed it using fill flash at Zombitse Forest toward the southern limit of its range.
  22. Madagascar Bee-eater with Bee MAD SER

    Madagascar Bee-eater with Bee MAD SER

    This species is endemic to Madagascar and nearby Comoro Islands. It is common and widespread in Madagascar. I used fill flash to photograph it.
  23. Long-tailed Ground-Roller MAD SER

    Long-tailed Ground-Roller MAD SER

    This species is endemic to a very small area near sea level at the arid southwestern corner of Madagascar where I photographed it on the second day of searching for it in an area of spiny forest and thorn shrubs. The bird was in deep-shaded, dense shrubbery about 18 m away when it paused to...
  24. Lafresnaye's Vanga at Sunrise MAD SER

    Lafresnaye's Vanga at Sunrise MAD SER

    I took this photo at sunrise using fill flash. This species is endemic to Madagascar, and is confined to a small area bordering the south coast of the island. It largely occurs in thorn shrub habitat.
  25. Grey-headed Lovebird Male MAD SER

    Grey-headed Lovebird Male MAD SER

    Flocks of this species were feeding on flowers in the spiny forest. This species is endemic to Madagascar. I used fill flash for the photo.
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