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Lynn,

 

The lemurs were technically challenging, but at least once found, we spent plenty of time with most of them as fairly close quarters. Getting action shots with my camera in rain forest was nigh on impossible though!

 

Paul, red-ruffed lemur and helmet vanga would be two key targets for my next trip if I were to return. masaola is the location for those I believe. Aye aye would be another one and mad fish eagle, plus a few Vargas and asities. There was reference to a site in that other report I linked to where someone saw a couple of aye aye, but that was where some gold mining was taking place so I would imagine quite time-limited sadly.

 

Anja really stood out for me as far as impressive scenery and the ring tailed lemurs.

I felt like I saw most of what I wanted to see in Zombitse and Ifaty area not to need to go back, but I felt like more time in the rainforest would have been useful. due to the weather and mora mora, more time was needed to see all the birds in particular.

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Shhh... We only tell her where we are going on alternate years.

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Atravelynn

Lynn,

 

The lemurs were technically challenging, but at least once found, we spent plenty of time with most of them as fairly close quarters. Getting action shots with my camera in rain forest was nigh on impossible though

 

The plenty of time comment is reassuring. I keep thinking their habits are more similar our local raccoons or some nocturnal marsupials I've seen that live way high up in the trees and you get just a glimpse through binocs. So even your very good camera had a tough time with the conditions of the rain forest. In Peru I found the jungle to be a challenge for my high end P&S and was wishing for a camera upgrade. There should be a "rainforest/jungle" button on the new models. Maybe some kind of lemur lens.

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Atravelynn

 

What does Bibi think about seeing the Aye-Aye?

Shhh... We only tell her where we are going on alternate years.

How about Bibi does Madagascar 2014!

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Lynn,

The lemurs were technically challenging, but at least once found, we spent plenty of time with most of them as fairly close quarters. Getting action shots with my camera in rain forest was nigh on impossible though

The plenty of time comment is reassuring. I keep thinking their habits are more similar our local raccoons or some nocturnal marsupials I've seen that live way high up in the trees and you get just a glimpse through binocs. So even your very good camera had a tough time with the conditions of the rain forest. In Peru I found the jungle to be a challenge for my high end P&S and was wishing for a camera upgrade. There should be a "rainforest/jungle" button on the new models. Maybe some kind of lemur lens.

Yes, but my camera is not a high end canikon. It is a lowly Olympus E620 body (4/3). The lens is one of their beter zoom ones, the 50-200 ED. I keep hoping that Olympus hurry up and bring out a new body for it in the same size range as my e620. The only upgrade path right now would be to an E5 or 30, but the sensor on the OMD-EM5 for micro 4/3 seems much better and would really help in rainforests I think. But it can't autofocus my lenses well so that's not really an option for me.

 

Andy Rouse recently came back from Madagascar, check out what he can do with pro kit! Some stunning images!

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michael-ibk

Outstanding trip report, you´re making a very convincing argument for a Madagascar trip here. Wonderful bird pics, but i especially love all your lemurs and chameleons. (And the fossa, of course!) Fascinating and beautiful, thank you.

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kittykat23uk

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

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Tom Kellie

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~ @kittykat23uk:

 

I'm glad that you shared this image of the blind cave fish with it in hands.

Otherwise I'd have had the mistaken notion that such fish were larger.

It's petite!

Your superb shot brings out the opacity of its flesh. Fascinating!

Thank you for posting this.

Tom K.

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