I spotted these egrets on this fence both times I went to the spiny forest to check out the baobabs. I had wanted to get closer, but I also like this shot with a bit of action going on with these guys chasing each other.…

I was hoping to find some cool and crazy looking insects while in Madagascar (ok – we did get to see some stick insects, but I didn’t have the good camera with me that day), but while praying mantis are always fun to find and…

For many weeks in Andava, I was confused by numerous tracks in the sand around the huts and up on the dune near the huts. The tracks were continuous wavy lines, so they really appeared to be made by a snake, but they lacked the…

On our overland tour north, we got to see some more lemurs… Oh – and in case you’re interested, I paid my deposit for another expedition with Blue Ventures – this time to Timor Leste in October/November/December. I’ll be doing a two week whale/coral watch…

These little guys were photographed inside one of the no-take reserves that Blue Ventures has helped the Velondriak association establish. We had completed our surveys of this site, so I got the bonus of getting to take the camera and do some “photographic surveying”.

On the same dive where we found those Nemobrotha Nudis, I managed to find this absolutely stunning Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina). Today is a bit of a sad day though as I am leaving Andavadoaka and beginning my journey back towards home.

We’ve started doing actual scientific survey dives at this point so I am not able to take my camera as often (though honestly, if I hadn’t struggled with it working properly earlier in the trip, I might have more photos). But one of our expedition…

Outside our huts there is a wooden fence/railing at the edge of the small cliff that drops down to the beach – many of have taken to hanging wet clothing there to dry… and quite often when I go to retrieve my dry clothes I’d…

I saw tiger flatworms in Indonesia, but I think these are some better photos. Flatworms are different from nudibranchs, but they kind of get lumped in with nudis as one of my favorite underwater critters. I’ve been lucky to see some really nice nudis and…

Another juvenile fish found in the rock pools. This little guy actually was a very cooperative subject even though it was swimming away from me. Usually fish turn and swim away and you’re left with fish butt photos… but this little guy simply backed away…

Warning: I intentionally did not set this post to have a thumbnail image just in case folks really don’t like centipedes This particular one was hiding under one of the volunteer’s shirt that was hanging out to dry and had fallen on the ground. I…

Ok – I’m going to start bouncing around with my photos now, so they’re no longer in sequential order as I took them… After some challenges with the diving (rough conditions, less than perfect visibility, and wanting to make sure I focused on the science…

Otherwise known as the Madagascar Spiny Tailed Iguana… We saw them during a tour of an arboretum outside of Toliara, and the guide there said that they will be going into about a three month hibernation here in a couple more weeks as the weather…

At least I *think* they are a pair… I suppose there is a possibility that the smaller one is one of those species of spiders that steals food from other spiders, but I am leaning towards this being a pair.. Incredible size difference between the…

Another morning hike we took was to the spiny forest to see the baobab trees. Along the way, we went past some mashes and these medium sized birds were wading through the water. I had to let the group get out ahead of me so…

Just a quick post today to share a video of a Sifaka Lemur. These lemurs have a very unique style of locomotion that I think is impossible to watch without smiling or laughing. So this is the last post I have auto-scheduled, so hopefully by…

This gecko I actually spotted myself as we strolled through an arboretum. I was happy with myself for being able to find it with how well it seems to camoflage against that tree.

This is a leaf chameleon – something I had hoped to see, but was expecting would not happen. Luckily, one of our guides during the one hike was phenomenal and found one – in fact, when he found it, I was lagging behind the group…

A close up of a ring-tailed lemur – shots like this make it worth carrying that large, heavy telephoto lens… (and this isn’t even the closest portrait I have, but you’ll have to wait a bit more for the other one).

Another chameleon for you all today. Our guides spotted this one literally within two minutes of us starting on our hike that day. I had hoped that it would mean we would see them everywhere, but disappointingly they are much less common than I was…

And after that lemur post, I have to go to the other iconic Madagascar animal with a chameleon… sorry, I don’t know what species this is, but I know it is the female of the species – the male is similarly patterned but grey in…

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts so far – it has been a bit crazy with getting in country and then after a few days in Ivato (just outside of the capital of Antananarivo), we set off on the four day overland tour…