It was an early start to Friday 17th as well, and we went back to the Dzalanyama area to visit more communities. After a handful of visits, we drove back to Lilongwe to spend the weekend there. Saturday was the only “urban” day of my visit, and was spent walking streetwise, playing pool, going to a traditional dance and eating local food. The latter sadly made my stomach a bit upset, but it was over during the next day.
On Sunday the 19th I walked from the lodge to visit the Wildlife reserve of Lilongwe. Unfortunately a flood last week had made the trail along the river inaccessible, so many of the expected birds were not seen. A handful new bird species for the trip was found, and the reserve was packed with different stunning butterflies.
Tomorrow a new field trip is coming up, and we are going to the Ntchisi forest reserve. This is the only rainforest of Malawi. Despite being rather restricted in range, it is a very important bird area in the country.
November 2018: Fieldwork in three IBA's in Nepal (EN)