Madagascar Photo Safari Day 4

20th December 2015
Today was mainly a travel day, we left Andasibe town after breakfast and drove to the east coast of Madagascar, here we boarded a small boat and transferred to Palmarium Lodge, a beautiful setting on the Pangalanes channel on one side and the ocean on the other, at dusk we would be heading off to Aye – Aye Island for our first visit to see a Special and Nocturnal Lemur called the Aye-Aye.

Before heading off to the Island we had a brief encounter with some of the local Lemurs as they were feeding on the trees close to our room.

As the sun was setting we boarded our small boat and made the 20 minute boat ride to Aye-Aye Island, on the Island are 6 Aye-Aye’s there is a viewing area and every night the Aye-Aye come to feed on Coconuts, the guides use a couple of small panel’s of LED lights to illuminate the Aye-Aye as they feed.

After arriving on the Island and getting briefed on what was going to happen we set off on a short walk to the viewing area, once we were there the guides switched on their lights and we got our first ever view of the Aye-Aye, Initially I was surprised by its size, from TV Documentaries and pictures I thought it was much smaller that it actually was, they are extremely Hairy and have a long hairy tail.

I had always wanted to see a Aye-Aye after seeing my first one on a BBC documentary hosted by David Attenborough and now about 30 years later I was watching one from a few meters away, a special moment for me.

We stayed with the Aye-Aye for as long as we could, the photography was difficult due to the low light and the erratic movements of the Aye-Aye but I managed to go back to the lodge with a few good images, the following night we would head off to the Island again and now after knowing what to expect I was hoping to improve on the images I already had.

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