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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Madagascar wildlife

Here is a sample of Madagascar's wildlife

A chamaeleon. You find him hard to see? That is how he is meant to be!

Maybe is is easier to look him straight in the eye!

A tree boa sleeps away the day - he hunts mostly at night

The Radiated Tortoise is endangered, surviving only thanks to captive breeding programmes

A lizard emerges from his nocturnal hideaway to warm up his blood in the early morning sunshine

A three-eyed lizard treads deftly on the hot sand

A day gecko clings to the side of a building as he looks for flies

A giant fruit bat glides through the forest

A ring-tailed mongoose on the hunt for lizards and geckos...

...or a delicasy like this giant millipede (about 6 inches long) that crawled out from under my pillow

A giraffe-necked weevil, though no-one can think how it got its name...

A male weaver bird brings a straw to weave into his nest

The curious Hamerkop, an egret-like bird, hunts for frogs in a paddy field

The Black Egret forms a parasol with his wings, enticing little fish into the shade

A gaggle of White-faced Whistling ducks keeps an alert look-out for predators

A Madagascan tree fern

This post excludes the Madagasacan wildlife speciality, the lemurs. This will be the subject of my third post on Madagascar

12 Comments:

Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I would so love to have a trip like this. I know you really appreciated it. How wonderful it must have been.

What can beat this?

9:06 pm  
Blogger simon said...

amazing array of wildlife mate!

11:50 pm  
Blogger NaNcY said...

hi maalie,

your collection of wildlife images are truly wonderful.

you have quite an eye for photography.

3:57 am  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

ahhhh that tree fern looks familiar. One of the next papers I will do, NZ flora, compares our flora with related species in other lands;-)

5:26 am  
Blogger simon said...

Um... what's the beer like in Madagascar? is it cold and lagar like or warm and ale like?

What are the oysters like? smooth with a hint of the ocean? Or smelly and a bit off?

:o)

10:55 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Wow, Maalie. You took all these pics? Beautiful.

Are you just doing so as a sight seer- I mean taking the pics, or do you have some scientific motivation or work going on- at least in your mind? Just wondered.

5:00 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Hey Maalie those pictures are amazing especially the lizzards and the tortoise. Do they get really big? I loved his shell. How big was the boa, or didn't you disturb him to find out?

The beer is alarmingly cold here. Hope it was a better temperature in Madagascar!

11:39 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Lorenzo,
I love beer ice cold.

3:55 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Hi Ted, I think most people do like their beer cold. It's just Maalie and me that has a strange liking for room temperature drinks!

9:16 am  
Blogger simon said...

well- room temperature in England in winter is fine! if you drink an ale you get the full taste...

BUT room temperature in outback Australia can be 40c I bit too hot for an ale and WAY too hot for a lager!

7:20 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

Where Maalie goes, Stephen Fry follows. You can follow it on Twitter

http://twitter.com/stephenfry

4:23 pm  
Blogger NaNcY said...

i went to a dinner at a house nearby last night. there a young woman was showing some of her projected photos of her time on madagascar doing research on the lemur on the protected side of the bay in the north east part of the island. making camp, making trails, measuring trees. and there were a few of other parts of the island on her trip as well. very interestng for me as well as my 11 year old daughter.

2:31 am  

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