Madagascar Photo Safari Day 8

11th January 2016
The Following morning we had a early start and Danny walked and showed us the Forest along the river, we looked for anything of interest, insects, trees, birds and of course Lemurs.

Berenty has a nice selection of Lemurs to see and this morning we were after the Verreaux’s Sifaka and the Ringtailed Lemurs.

We found both Lemurs in abundance and we managed to get great images of both species as they went about their morning business looking for food. We spent some wonderful time with a small family of Sifakas as they curiously watched us from the trees, some of the younger members of the family were quite enquisitive and came closer to us to see what we were up to.

While walking in the forest we also came across a Giant Coua that walked across the pathway in front of us, its brilliant blue head momentarily shining in the morning light.

A short while later Danny showed us the sleeping hole of a Sportive Lemur, the Lemur was home and seeing one in the daylight was great, they are small and really cute with bright Orange eyes.

After leaving the Lemur and starting the walk back to the Lodge for breakfast we came across a pair of Madagascar Hoopoes that were feeding in the pathway.

At Breakfast there were a group of Ringtailed Lemurs that had learned to arrive around Breakfast time and see if they can steal a free meal off the Breakfast table, the same as Vervet Monkeys back home in South Africa ! The difference is the Lemurs can easily be shooed away where Vervet Monkeys can be a lot harder to chase off !

Later in the afternoon after lunch we met Danny again and this time we set off to see if we could see the Verreaux’s Sifaka’s dancing and jumping through the trees, we found the Sifaka’s on their way back to the Forest dancing as they went, what a amazing sight to see how these Lemurs followed each other dancing along the pathways as they went, trying to get into the right spot for a picture however was a little more challenging ! We did however get some great picture of a baby Sifaka as it was hanging in the tree next to its mom.

After the Sifakas we spent some time with a group of Ringtailed Lemurs as they headed off to the forest to roost for the night, these guys were a bit easier to photograph some were quite inquisitive.

At sunset we again met Danny and we headed off back to the Spiny Forest for a night walk, this time we had a great view of a Mouse Lemur as it sat motionless on a log for a few minutes before scurrying off again.

A short while later we again found a Warty Chameleon and I tried a wide angle image of it with the starry sky as a background.Finally after a great day exploring Berenty we headed off back to the lodge for dinner and bed, eager to see what was in store for us the next day.

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