I went to a collecting trip in Malawi during the October of 2009 together with colleagues from the Chicago Field Museum and the National Museum of Malawi. We collcted birds and bird parasites, from avian flu probes to ecto- and endoparasites. The two main collecting areas were the Wvaza marsh Rserve (lowland) and Nyika National Park (highlands). The trip was highly successful and the colleted specimens comprise multiple new species that are being described.
On my way to
the camp I had to stay in a hotel in Mzuzu
the headquarters of the Wvaza Park
A male elephant
preparing for a display of power
kingfisher is one of the most beautiful kingfishers
A less elaborate,
but still amazingly colored kingfisher
are among my favorites: agile and fearsome
A large soldier
ant is prepared to defend the nest
with a cuckoo
Sunbirds are humming
birds of the eastern hemisphere
of birds in the area was amazing
herd of antelopes is a bit nervous
are not nervous at all
Kudu is a
enjoy another sunny day in the mud.
Warthogs always look busy.
is designed to cath and kill flies transmitting diseases.
complex ears and noses helps to detect sound
small rodent is well adapted to arboreal life style.
One of the
tit species in Malawi
is putting up mist nets.
the fire after setting mist nets.
has a trademark curious look
in Nyika come to the lake to dring and cool off
visiting our camp
for the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa