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Hotel Hotel Wagtail
Andasibe Hotel accommodation Andasibe Hotel grounds Madagascar Wagtail
White-eye Fody Stonechat
Madagascar White-eye Red Fody African "Malagasy" Stonechat

The first real wildlife excursion was to be anocturnal jaunt near to the Andasibe Hotel, but the morning journey from Tana was punctuated by a stop at a "reserve" for reptiles. This was predictably a mini zoo, but it has to be admitted that seeing chameleons at very close quarters was something of a treat. They even had a couple of snakes to keep me happy.

The real business began with the nocturnal walk - an hour or so with the guide who was to be with us for the duration of our stay in this area. We were all loaded up with torches, and searched through the forest. Her skills at locating wildlife were excellent, shown by the first find of a tiny Short-horned Chameleon perched at the end of a branch over the path. This was quickly followed by a Boophis Tree Frog, and then the small and nippy Goodman's Mouse Lemur. Picked up by eye shine, it was difficult to pin down at first, but then was followed as it zipped up and down tree trunks. Another Chameleon, a Nose-horned, followed shortly after, pale in colour for evening wear and with tail tucked in a tight spiral. A second species of Tree Frog was also found, although a calling Madagascar Scops Owl was just too far into the depth of the forest for any hope of a view. Aside from the wildlife, the still in the air, apart from the sounds of some of the nocturnal inhabitants, such as Scops Owl, was noticeable, and the number of stars in the light free sky seemed so many more than back home.

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Tree Frog Chameleon Chameleon
Boophis Tree Frog Short-horned Chameleon Nose-horned Chameleon

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