Madagascar – Critters – Mammals! (finally) – Part I

Hey! I’m back! the whole blog is back! and I figure it’s about time to get into the mushy gushy stuff that most people have a special affinity for: Mammals! so sorry it’s taken so long, but I hope you’ll find it worth the wait. if not, there should be plenty more stuff coming to the blog over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on it 😉

Let’s start in the place that we left off, shall we? You remember the post from two weeks ago? well, that’s un-edited. this however, is what can happen when you shoot raw and process well.

D300 + 105mm VR + R1 flash unit @ 1/60s f/8

Now, as I understand it, my monitor is extremely badly callibrated, and i’m working to do things about that. Anyways, this guy is a tiny little Lemur, Microcebus sp. (I can’t recall the species – as you’ll soon realise, mammals are NOT my speciality.

Right, moving right along, we’ll go by group!


Our actual camp was home to three species of lemurs in three seperate groups wihtin the lemurs. Mouse lemurs, as above, were rare spots but definitely around. Then there were the sportive lemurs or Lepilemuridae as the latins would have it. These are somewhere in between the larger and the smaller of the lemurs. They were a nightly sight as the slunk around the borders of the camp.

D300 + 105mm VR + R1 flash unit @ 1/60s f/2.8 and heavy crop

D300 + 105mm VR + R1 flash unit @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR + R1 flash unit @ 1/60s f/3.2

Now you’ll notice that these images are quite blurry (due, I realise in retrospect, to an error of my own in the editing process), and though you might not know it without me telling you so, they have been heavily cropped to make them more appealing. This is a process I generally avoid in order to keep my standards as high as possible, but I’m afraid some of them just can’t cut it.

D300 + 105mm VR + R1 flash unit @ 1/60s f/3.2

Although I never managed to get a photo of them, there was also a troup of Sanford’s Brown Lemurs, Eulemur fulvus sanfordi that used our toilet facilities and a fallen tree as a path from one side of the valley to the other every evening. This species was much easier to photograph in Montagne d’Ambre, where they are much less shy.

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/60s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/50s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/250s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/320s f/2.8

D300 + 105mm VR @ 1/500s f/3.5

I’m afraid that’s all I have of the lemurs, and all I have time for tonight. The next installment will come on Monday night or Tuesday. Look forward to flying foxes and biting tenrecs!

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