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The two next pictures were taken along the road in Andasibe


Perhaps Blommer's Madagascar frog (Guibemantis flavobrunneus)




Elephant-eared chameleon sleeping




The pictures below were taken on Vakona island


Black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)






Diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema)






Red-fronted lemurs (Eulemur rufus)








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@Bushdog I just received the 12th edition of Bradt's guide to Madagascar. I also got the Helm Field guide of Birds of Madagascar by Hawkins, Safford, and Adrian Skerrett. These are in anticipation of going to Madagascar in 2021 or 2022. I can hardly wait.

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Thank you!


During this trip, we saw 18 different species of lemurs.  In this report, there will be pictures of only 14 of them.  The 4 species without picture(s) are :


Goodman's mouse lemur (Microcebus lehilahytsara)

Eastern woolly lemur (Avahi laniger)

Eastern lesser bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus)

Von der Decken's sifaka (Propithecus deckenii).


The following 4 pictures were taken in Analamazaotra National Park.


Indri (Indri indri)












Fuit stall along the road Andasibe/Antananarivo




Cart drawn by two zebus along the same road




Rice paddies near baobab alley




Baobab alley




Zebus and their young guardians on the road to Belo.  The zebu is present on the coat of arms of Madagascar because it is considered as one of the main wealth of the country.  The level of well-being of an individual is measured by the number of zebus he possesses.  The value of a zebu is of the order of 300 USD.  Some remote areas, such as the road between Belo and Bemaraha (hence the section of road in convoy), are insecure due to the presence of cattle thieves.









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A series of Verreaux's sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) pictures - Andranomena Special Reserve















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Some more pictures taken at Andranomena.


Red-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur rufifrons)






Gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus)




Madame Berthe mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae)




Red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus).  It looks more like Dracula to me?




Oustalet's chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti)




Cyclists on the road to Belo



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Superb images , Mike 

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Thanks a lot, Hari!


Local people waiting to board the ferry to Belo and on it






Second ferry crossing




Canoe taking tourists to the Small Tsingy of Bemaraha on the Manambolo river






Small Tsingy of Bemaraha




Souimanga sunbird (Cinnyris sovimanga) in the gardens of Hotel Le Soleil des Tsingy








Malagasy kingfisher (Corythornis vintsioides) along the roas back to Belo









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Ah I was wondering if you shot any birds :)  Wonderful images of the people too and I especially love this one--gorgeous!



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Once more many thanks!


That picture you like was not taken by me but well by my wife, with her mobile, like the few who do not mention my name.  I will pass on to her your generous comments.


Indeed, I shot some birds but it was not easy due to dense vegetation and poor light in the rainforests and forests of deciduous species.

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Now pictures taken in the Kirindy forest.


Pale fork-marked lemur (Phaner pallescens)




Here is Dracula again




Verreaux's sifakas










Long billed bernieria (Bernieria madagascariensis)




Madagascar magpie-robin female (Copsychus albospecularis)




Rufous vanga (Schetba rufa)




Sphinx moth on my bungalow in Relais du Kirindy





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@Bush dog Stunning photos Mike, and your wife's as well!! Really makes me want to visit this fascinating country!

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Thank you for your kind words!


Now, always in the Kirindy forest, a friendly group of curious red-fronted brown lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons)















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@Bush dog


Wow, I’m really impressed with the variety of chameleons and lemurs so far — surpasses expectations. And thanks for the photo equipment tips. I would not have guessed that your longest lens would be 200mm. May I ask how often you found yourself needing the 2x TC? 

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Thanks a lot for your comments.


Regarding the 2x extender, I'm using it in most cases.  From experience, I realized that it is not necessary to travel with too much material.  I have two excellent cameras (EOS-1D X), the 70-200, a 300/2,8, that I did not take on this trip, and the 2x TC.  On this trip, I borrowed a 100 from my supplier but I did not find it very useful.  Concerning the chameleons, Madagascar is home of 50% of the more or less 150 species in the world.  

But many species have different forms (in French "phases") that are characterized by different dominant colors in each region where they can be found.  

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Manufactured models only based on recycled products




Along the road from Antsirabe to Antananarivo, some small local products shops


Wooden truck toys




Children selling rabbits




Basketry articles




Different pictures of the same chameleon.  We found it crossing the road to Joffreville.  It's a panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis), the Diego Soares form.  One can see the color changes, reflections of its mood of the moment.









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The next pictures were taken in the Amber mountain rainforest




Madagascar diadem (Hypolimnas dexithea)




Hook-billed vangas (Vanga curvirostris)






Sanford's brown lemurs (Eulemur sanfordi)






Malagasy paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone mutata)




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Amber mountain rock thrush (Monticola erythronotus)






Antakarana leaf chameleon (Brookesia antakarana)



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Pictures taken along the road to Ankarana


Young boy plowing a rice field




Oustalet's chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti) 






Another panther chameleon but this time the Ankarana North form








If I remember quite well, its female






Shop selling all kinds of spicy mixtures, mainly made from lemons, in recovered water bottles




The two last pictures were taken in Ankarana National Park


Long-billed bernieria (Bernieria madagascariensis)




Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus)



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Trafic on the bridge over the Mahavavy river in Ambilobe on our way to Ankify and Nosy Bay




My favorite panther chameleon, the Ambilobe form

















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Just incredible how many different chameleons you saw and how many variations there are! The colors on this last one are unreal! The trip I am going on will be more bird-focused, I sure hope we stop to look for these amazing lizards.

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The complete list of birds in Madagascar has a little less than 300 species while that of Botswana has a little more than double.  On this trip, I did not see as many birds as I did in all of Southern Africa.  You will probably have time to concentrate also a little on these magnificent reptiles that are the chameleons.  They are really mesmerizing.  Already, I wish you a fabulous photographic trip.

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The last pictures of this report


Fishing boats off Nosy Be




Black lemurs (Eulemur macaco) on Nosy Komba












Common brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) on Nosy Tanikely






Thank you to everyone who followed this report and see you next time!

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Thanks for a great report Mike and for all the stunning photos

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