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Mozambique 2011.

This visit to Mozambique was organised Wild Frontiers.  It was a Dhow island hopping trip in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the north coast of Mozambique.  Flying to Pemba in Mozambique was the worst part of the trip as it involved twelve hours in Nairobi airport.  This was soon forgotten as we drove north from Pemba to reach Mocojo, an isolated village on the coast.  We met our Dhow and were soon on our way to our first island Mogundula.  This privately owned island is uninhabited and we were soon allocated our tents and sat down to lunch.  Our last night on this island was New Year's Eve and we celebrated beside a fire on the beach looking at the African Sky.  The following pages tell the story in pictures as we made camp in three other locations before staying in two luxury Lodges.  Then it was another long drive back to Pemba and home.

At the end I have included as usual my list of Birds seen during the trip.  For a more complete list of the birds of Africa click here.


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Mocojo Beach

Mozambique-4207  Mozambique-4219  Mozambique-4226

Mogundla Island

Mozambique-4227  Mozambique-4228  Mozambique-4253  Mozambique-4297

Mozambique-4300  Mozambique-4284  Mozambique-4247

Rolas Island

Mozambique-4422  Mozambique-4435  Mozambique-4429  Mozambique-4434

Darumba River Camp

Mozambique-4437  Mozambique-4440  Mozambique-4438  Mozambique-4442

Mozambique-4457  Mozambique-4491  Mozambique-4505  Mozambique-4503

  Mozambique-4536  Mozambique-4515  Mozambique-4539  Mozambique-4545

Mozambique-4571  Mozambique-4574  Mozambique-4571  Mozambique-4564

Matemo Island

Mozambique-2160  Mozambique-2159  Mozambique-2158  Mozambique-4578

Mozambique-2154  Mozambique-2156  Mozambique-4579 


Mozambique-0002  Mozambique-0006  Mozambique-0004  Mozambique-0008-2

Mozambique-0012  Mozambique-0009  Mozambique-0021  Mozambique-0013

Beach Pools

Mozambique-2142  Mozambique-2146  Mozambique-2143  Mozambique-2145

Ibo Island

Mozambique-2162  Mozambique-2166  Mozambique-2200 Mozambique-2198 Mozambique-2199  Mozambique-2171  Mozambique-2167  Mozambique-4582  Mozambique-4584 Mozambique-2161  Mozambique-2172 Mozambique-2173 Mozambique-2175  Mozambique-2177 Mozambique-2178  Mozambique-2180  Mozambique-2181  Mozambique-2182  Mozambique-2184  Mozambique-2185

Mangrove Kayak

Mozambique-2188  Mozambique-2189  Mozambique-2197  Mozambique-2190

Guludo Beach

Mozambique-2209  Mozambique-2210  Mozambique-2211  Mozambique-2212  Mozambique-2213

Mozambique-2214  Mozambique-2215  Mozambique-2216  Mozambique-2222

Mozambique-2223  Mozambique-2217  Mozambique-2221  Mozambique-2219  Mozambique-2224  Mozambique-2225  Mozambique-2226

Group Members

Mozambique-4200  Mozambique-4219  Mozambique-4545  Mozambique-2124-2 

Mozambique-2159  Mozambique-2164  Mozambique-2163-2  Mozambique-0025Mozambique-2083  Mozambique-2217  Mozambique-2216  Mozambique-2140

Birds of the Quirimbus area

Goliath Heron - Ardea goliath

Mozambique-2155  Mozambique-2153  Mozambique-2152

Great Egret - Casmerodius albus


Dimorphic Egret - Egretta dimorpha

Mozambique-4698  Mozambique-4473    Mozambique-4356  Mozambique-4346

Green-backed Heron - Butorides striatus


Woolly-necked Stork - Ciconia episcopus

  Mozambique-4697  Mozambique-4223  Mozambique-4568

Yellow-billed Stork - Mycteria ibis

Mozambique-2194  Mozambique-4572  Mozambique-4438

Sacred Ibis - Threskiornis aethiopicus

Mozambique-4465  Mozambique-4484  Mozambique-4468 

Hadeda Ibis - Bostrychia hagedash

Caspian Tern - Sterna caspia

Mozambique-4333  Mozambique-4311  Mozambique-4434

Crab Plover - Dromas ardeola

  Mozambique-4525  Mozambique-4521  Mozambique-4519    Mozambique-4561Mozambique-4554

Water Thick-knee - Burhinus vermiculatus

Black Crake - Amaurornis flavirostris

Mozambique-4717  Mozambique-4714 

Ringed Plover - Charadrius hiaticula

Mozambique-8  Mozambique-4731  Mozambique-4726  Mozambique-6

White-fronted Plover - Charadrius marginatus

Mozambique-4214  Mozambique-4286

Kittlitz's Plover - Charadrius pecuarius

Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres

Mozambique-4277  Mozambique-4276  Mozambique-4271

African Jacana - Actophilornis africanus


Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos

Mozambique-4704  Mozambique-4198 

Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Curlew Sandpiper - Calidris ferruginea

Eurasian Curlew - Numenius arquata

Mozambique-4497  Mozambique-4552  Mozambique-4314 

Yellow-billed Kite - Milvus aegyptius

African Fish Eagle - Haliaeetus vocifer

Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Cape Turtle Dove - Streptopelia capicola


Laughing Dove - Streptopelia senegalensis

Mozambique-4693  Mozambique-4690  Mozambique-2187 

Klaas's Cuckoo - Chrysococcyx llaas

Burchell's Coucal - Centropus burchellii

Mozambique-4627  Mozambique-4629  Mozambique-4624 

Palm Swift - Cypsiurus parvus

Mangrove Kingfisher - Halcyon senegaloides

Mozambique-4259  Mozambique-4256  Mozambique-4265 

Striped Kingfisher - Halcyon chelicuti

Mozambique-4618  Mozambique-4616 

Red-faced Mousebird - Urocolius indicus

Mozambique-4684   Mozambique-4613 - Copy  Mozambique-4325 - Copy

Madagascar Bee-eater - Merops superciliosus

Mozambique-4231  Mozambique-4229 

Little Bee-eater - Merops pusillus

Mozambique-4676  Mozambique-4385  Mozambique-4324  Mozambique-4320

Lilac-breasted Roller - Coracias caudata

Mozambique-4743 (2)  Mozambique-4740 (2)  Mozambique-4735

African Hoopoe - Upupa africana

Black-collared Barbet - Lybius torquatus sp irroratus

Mozambique-4711  Mozambique-4709  Mozambique-4707 

African Pied Wagtail -Motacilla aguimp


Pied Crow - Corvus albus

Mozambique-4513  Mozambique-4509  Mozambique-4510  Mozambique-4310

Grassland Pipit - Anthus cinnamomeus


Red-backed Shrike - Lanius collurio

Mozambique-4666  Mozambique-2 

Black-eyed Bulbul - Pycnonotus barbatus


Zanzibar Sombre Greenbul - Andropadus importunus

Mozambique-4410  Mozambique-4409  Mozambique-4400  Mozambique-4281

African Paradise-flycatcher - Terpsiphone viridis

Mozambique-2  Mozambique-3-3  Mozambique-4327 

Purple-banded Sunbird - Cinnyris bifasciata


Grey Sunbird or Mouse-coloured Sunbird - Cyanomitra veroxii


Scarlet-chested Sunbird - Chalcomitra senegalensis

Collared Sunbird - Hedydipona collaris

Gorgeous Bush-shrike - Telophorus quadricolor

Black-backed Puffback - Dryoscopus cubla

Mozambique-4649  Mozambique-4659  Mozambique-4648  Mozambique-4643

Violet-backed Starling (or Plum-coloured) - Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

Grey-headed Sparrow - Passer diffusus

Mozambique-4587  Mozambique-4586

Lesser-masked Weaver - Ploceus intermedius

Mozambique-4601  Mozambique-4603  Mozambique-4599 

Pin-tailed Whydah - Vidula macroura

54 Bird Species seen of which there are 37 with photos


Mozambique-4614  Mozambique-4399  Mozambique-4393  Mozambique-4635


Mozambique-2109-2  Mozambique-4301  Mozambique-4695  Mozambique-2182  Mozambique-4584  Mozambique-4583  Mozambique-4582  Mozambique-2168  Mozambique-4540  Mozambique-2112