How many people come to an eco-tourism blog and expect to have a car park recommended as a birding hotspot? Now what if I told you that you could see not only several endemic species of birds but several species of lemur? Yes please, drive on in to the Ankarafantsika NP’s car park!
Let’s start with the birds. These photos were taken over two days, some in the morning, some around lunch time and some in the evening, just whenever we weren’t in the actual park.
Malagasy Paradise Flycatcher
A Madagascar Hoopoe checks out his appearance, maybe he has a hot date?
Satisfied he is looking his best, he’s off and running.
Meanwhile, has the Hoopoe been stood up?
A Crested Drongo looks on
A Magpie-robin on a post
The Grey-headed Lovebirds are there throughout the day.
Across the street, an amorous and shameless pair of Vasa Parrots.
Another Crested Drongo
Finally the Hoopoe’s date shows up – fashionably late!
The Sickle-billed Vanga can’t help but be a sticky beak!
And the Hoopoe is alone again, but at least he looks great!
In tomorrow’s post, we meet the lemurs!