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S: THE BEST OF MADAGASCAR

BC: PREPARED BY JOE KNAPP

FC: MADAGASCAR

1: SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 10, 2012 | * COVER PHOTO: INDRI LEMUR MAKING LOUD EERIE WAILING CALL | JOE & ANN KNAPP LINN & BETH BRADY | THE BEST OF MADAGASCAR | (MY LAST GREAT ADVENTURE)

2: "IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES. IT WAS THE AGE OF WISDOM, IT WAS THE AGE OF FOOLISHNESS." | Charles Dickens

3: MADAGASCAR IS THE FOURTH LARGEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD LYING OFF THE SE COAST OF AFRICA. WITH A LAND MASS SOMEWHAT LARGER THAN CALIFORNIA. IT SPLIT OFF FROM INDIA 88 MILLION YEARS AGO. NINETY PERCENT OF THE PLANTS AND ANIMALS FOUND THERE OCCUR NOWHERE ELSE. THE POPULATION IS 22 MILLION WITH NINETY PERCENT LIVING ON $2.00 OR LESS PER DAY. THE CAPITOL, ANTANANANARIVO, OR TANA FOR SHORT, HAS A POPULATION OF 1.3 MILLION. NOT A SINGLE TRAFFIC SIGNAL IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

5: TANA

6: DEPARTED TANA SEPTEMBER 15th WITH OUR GUIDE AND DRIVER FOR PERINET. A FOUR HOUR DRIVE EAST (DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC) | GUY TRIP GUIDE | MIORA DRIVER | LUC LOCAL GUIDE

7: AGRICULTURE OUTSIDE TANA | TRAFFIC -"ZEBU CARTS"

8: TYPICAL VEGETATION FOR VIEWING AND PHOTOGRAPHING

9: INDRIS-LARGEST LEMUR

10: GOODMAN'S MOUSE LEMUR ONE OF THE SMALLEST PRIMATES "TRUST ME" | EASTERN GREY BAMBOO LEMURS

11: NELICOURVI WEAVER | MADAGASCAR WAGTAIL | COLLARD NIGHTJARS | BLUE COUA | MADAGASCAR CUCKOO SHRIKE

12: NELICOURVI WEAVER | PARSON'S CHAMELEON | NOSE-HORNED CHAMELEON | SIKORA LEAF-TAIL GECKO | ORCHIDS | FUNGUS

13: MOTH | GIRAFFE-NECKED WEEVIL | ICHNEUMONID WASP | MOTH

14: ORCHIDS | FUNGI | DIADEMED SIFAKA

15: MADAGASCAR LITTLE GREBES

16: DIADEMED SIFAKAS | WHITE-THROATED RAIL | FOREST FODY | MADAGADCAR WHITE-EYE

17: PITTA-LIKE GROUND ROLLER | RED-BELLIED LEMUR | EASTERN WOOLLY LEMUR | BLACK & WHITE RUFFED LEMURS

18: TREE BOA | BACK IN TANA | VELVET ASITY

19: MADAGASCAR FLUFFTAIL WORLD'S SMALLEST RAIL "TRUST ME" | MADGASCAR BLUE PIGEON | COMMON STONECHAT | MADAGASCAR WHITE-EYE

20: RED-BILLED TEALS | RETURN TO TANA SEPTEMBER 18th | MIXED FLOCK

21: WHITE-FACED WHISTLING DUCKS | KNOB-BILLED DUCK | SQUACCO HERON | DIMORPHIC EGRET

22: SEPTEMBER 20th AIR MADAGASCAR FLIGHT TO MAJUNGA THEN A TWO HOUR DRIVE TO CITRONS

23: TYPICAL VEGETATION

24: COQUEREL'S SIFAKAS | OUCH !! NO FAIR

26: GOLDEN-BROWN MOUSE LEMUR | MONGOOSE LEMUR | SPORTIVE LEMUR

27: HOOPOE | HOOPOE FEEDING YOUNG | HARRIER HAWK EXTRACTING YOUNG HOOPOE | HOOPOE ATTACKING HAWK

28: MADAGASCAR COUCAL NON BREEDING | MAGPIE-ROBIN | MADAGASCAR COUCAL-BREEDING

29: PARADISE FLYCATCHERS | FEMALE | MALE-INTERMEDIATE | MALE-RUFOUS PHASE | MALE-WHITE PHASE

30: SICKLE-BILLED VANGA | RUFOUS VANGA | COQUEREL'S COUA

31: SNAKE | CRESTED DRONGO | NAMAQUA DOVE | VAN DAM'S VANGA

32: CHAMELEONS

33: IGUANIDS

34: SKINK TYPES | GECKOS

35: STINK BUGS | LEPIDOPTERA PUPAL CASE I COULDN'T MAKE THAT UP | FLATED PLANT BUGS

36: BAOBAB TREES | MALE | FEMALE | ---- | ---- | TREE BARK

38: LAKE RAVELOBE | NILE CROCODILE | MADAGASCAR JACANA

39: BLACK HERON-DIAGNOSTIC FEEDING BEHAVIOR OF MANTLING WINGS OVER HEAD | MADAGASCAR KINGFISHER | DIVING FOR LUNCH

40: PURPLE HERON | GREAT WHITE EGRET | FISH EAGLES

41: LAST DINNER BEFORE FLIGHT TO TANA ON SEPTEMBER 23rd | LINN-BETH-GUY(GUIDE)-ANN-HERI THI LAN (OUR CHEF)

42: SEPTEMBER 24th FLIGHT FROM TANA TO MORONDAVA ON WEST CENTRAL COAST. | MET AT THE AIRPORT BY DRIVER WITH CAR THAT SEATS FOUR (THERE ARE FIVE OF US) FOR A TWO HOUR DRIVE TO KIRINDY. | WE HAVE NOW BEEN TRAVELING FOR TWELVE DAYS. ALL OF US IN VARYING STAGES OF RECOVERY FROM AYE-AYE'S REVENGE.

43: WE HAVEN'T BEEN DRINKING THE WATER

44: BAOBAB ALLEY

46: WE INFORMED OUR GUIDE THAT THE CURRENT VEHICLE WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE FOR THE CONTINUATION OF OUR JOURNEY. A/C WOULD BE NICE ON THE "NEW" CAR.

47: CARVING OUTSIDE DINING HALL | CABIN | ENTOMOLOGIST AT WORK

48: TRIBAL BURIAL SITE | NARROW-STRIPED MONGOOSE

49: FOSSA: LARGEST PREDATOR-A CAT LIKE MAMMAL RELATED TO THE MONGOOSE | NARROW-STRIPED MONGOOSE

50: VERREAUX'S SIFAKAS

51: DECKEN'S SIFAKAS

52: RED-FRONTED BROWN LEMURS

53: RED-TAILED SPORTIVE LEMURS

54: GREY MOUSE LEMURS | COQUEREL'S GIANT DWARF LEMUR

55: DID YOU GET HIM ANNIE? THOSE COUAS ARE FAST | GIANT COUA | PITTA-LIKE GROUND -ROLLER

56: CRESTED COUAS | GREY PHASE - SCOPS OWL - BROWN PHASE

57: LESSER - VASA PARROTS - GREATER | GREY- HEADED LOVEBIRDS | WHITE BREASTED MESITE

58: WHITE-HEADED VANGA | CHABERT'S VANGA | HOOK-BILLED VANGA | BLUE VANGA

59: BUTTON-QUAIL | TURTLE DOVE | YELLOW-BILLED KITE | GREEN PIGEON

60: LEAF LITTER FROG | BERNIER'S STRIPED SNAKE EATING SKINK | CHAMELEONS

61: THREE EYED LIZARDS | BIG HEADED GECKO

62: BEETLE LARVAL DAMAGE | BUTTERFLIES

63: MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACHS | SPIDER | AFRICAN SNAIL

64: ON SEPTEMBER 26th, OUR "NEW" CAR ARRIVED 1 1/2 HOURS LATE. DRIVER HAD TO FIND FREON FOR A/C. BUT THERE WERE SEATS FOR ALL OF US. DID I MENTION THAT THERE WERE NO CUSHIONING OR SPRINGS IN THE REAR SEAT? | THE 80 MILE TRIP TO TSINGY DE BEMARAHA WAS SCHEDULED FOR 10 HOURS. WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG YOU ASK? | DID I MENTION THAT WHEN WE TURNED ON THE A/C, NOTHING BUT HOT AIR CAME OUT?

66: LUNCH AT THE MAD ZEBU BEST FROG LEGS | COASTER GOES ON TOP OF GLASS

67: TSIRIBIHINA RIVER FERRY

70: MANAMBOLO RIVER FERRY

71: MONITHA & JLK

72: MANAMBOLO GORGE DUGOUT TRIP

74: BLACK-WINGED STILTS | DIMORPHIC EGRET | DRAGONFLY | ROCK FORMATION

75: CAVES

76: CAVE MOTH

79: AFTER A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH THIS CRITTER, I'M CONVIENCED HE'S THE POSTER BOY FOR THE MAD ZEBU RESTAURANT | LUNCH IN THE TSINGY

80: WESTERN TUFT-TAILED RAT | SOUIMANGA SUNBIRD | CUCKOO ROLLER | BETH-ANNIE-LINN

81: GECKOS

82: CHAMELEONS

83: WEIRD VINES

84: WE WERE TOLD AT DINNER ON SEPTEMBER 28th THAT OUR FLIGHT FROM MORONDAVA TO TANA ON THE 30th HAD BEEN CANCELLED. | WE MUST WASTE 2 DAYS IN MORONDAVA, FLY TO TANA ON OCTOBER 1st, WASTE 2 DAYS IN TANA, THEN FLY TO MAROANTSETRA TO CONTINUE OUR SCHEDULE. WE WOULD MISS OUR VISIT TO BERENTY. WE TOLD OUR GUIDE THAT THIS WAS UNACCEPTABLE. WE DEPARTED TSINGY ON SEPTEMBER 29th FOR THE 12 HOUR DRIVE TO MORONDAVA. STILL NO PLAN B FOR GETTING TO TANA.

85: LUNCH AT THE MAD ZEBU (NO FROG LEGS) | SUNSET LOOKING OVER MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL TOWARD AFRICA | OVERNIGHT ON THE BEACH AT MORONDAVA

86: BEETLES AT MOON RISE | OUR GUIDE DECIDED TO DRIVE TO TANA ON THE 30th. THE 435 MILE TRIP WAS SCHEDULED TO TAKE 8 HOURS. DID I MENTION THAT OUR VEHICLE NOW HAD NO BRAKES?

87: LUNCH IN ANTSIRABE AT THE LE POUSSE CAFE | TRAIN STATION | POUSSE-POUSSE CARTS- REMNANT OF THE CHINESE WHO WERE BROUGHT IN BY THE FRENCH TO BUILD RAILROADS | CATHOLIC CHURCH

88: SLASH & BURN FOREST AREA | NEW AGRICULTURE LAND | CHARCOAL FOR SALE IN US-AID RICE BAGS | TYPICAL VILLAGE

89: WE ARRIVED IN TANA AFTER A 14 HOUR DRIVE. THE LAST THREE AFTER DARK. DID I MENTION WE HAD NO HEADLIGHTS AND WERE NEARLY DEAD? --BUT WE'RE STILL ON SCHEDULE!!

90: On OCTOBER 1st, FLEW AIR MADAGASCAR FROM TANA TO FT. DAUPHIN LOCATED ON THE SE COAST. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY A 4 HOUR-54 MILE DRIVE AFTER DARK TO BERENTY. DO YOU NEED TO ASK WHY IT TOOK SO LONG?

91: MOONLIGHT ARRIVAL | LODGE GROUNDS

93: ABOUT THIS TIME I BEGAN TO REGRET MY DECISION NOT TO GET A RABIES VACCINATION PRIOR TO DEPARTING USA. | ANNIE-DO I LOOK AS BAD AS I FEEL?

94: VERREAUX SIFAKAS

96: PG?

97: WALK BIPED WHEN ON THE GROUND | JUMP BETWEEN TREES

98: RING-TAILED LEMURS

99: MALE MARKING TERRITORY | FEEDING ON THORNY TREE

101: RED-FRONTED BROWN LEMURS

102: WHITE-FOOTED SPORTIVE LEMURS | GREY MOUSE LEMURS | WHITE-FOOTED SPORATIVE LEMURS

103: WHITE-BROWED OWL | WHITE-BROWED OWL | FRANCES' SPARROWHAWK | TOROTORRROKA OWL | WHITE-BROWED OWL | KESTREL

104: PIED CROW | OLIVE BEE-EATER | HELMETED GUINEAFOWL | SANDGROUSE

105: RADIATED TORTOISE | GREEN-CAPPED COUA | FLYING FOXES-BATS | SCARAB BEETLE | FLYING FOXES-BATS

106: BLACK SCORPION | PERSONAL HOUSE SPIDER | HOUSE GECKOS

107: CHAMELEON | BAOBAB TREE

108: ANNIE WITH INTACT ELEPHANT BIRD EGG | LEFT-OSTRICH WITH EGG | EXTINCT ELEPHANT BIRD

109: SPINEY FOREST

112: WE SAY GOODBYE TO OUR MALAGASY WARRIOR GUIDE AND HEAD BACK TO FT. DAUPHIN (DURING THE DAY) TO CONNECT WITH OUR FLIGHT TO TANA

114: BRIDGE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED PASSANGERS MUST WALK ACROSS DRIVER MAY DRIVE ACROSS AT OWN RISK

115: PEOPLE & ZEBUS USE RIVER FOR ALL THEIR WATER NEEDS

116: THE FINAL LEG OF OUR ADVENTURE BEGINS OCTOBER 4th WITH A FLIGHT FROM TANA TO MAROANTSETRA LOCATED ON THE NE COAST- FROM THERE WE CATCH A BOAT FOR THE 27 MILE-ONE HOUR RIDE TO THE MASOALA PENINSULA. THIS AREA RECEIVES THE MOST ANNUAL RAINFALL IN THE COUNTRY-160"

117: ANNIE WANTS TO ABORT AFTER LEARNING THE BOAT TRIP WILL TAKE TWO HOURS DUE TO ROUGH SEAS (IT ACTUALLY TOOK THREE HOURS)

118: WATER TAXI IN RIVER | NOT US | US

119: NOTICE THE 3000' MOUNTAINS TO THE RIGHT-GUESS WHERE THE LEMURS ARE?

120: ONE CHUMMED, ONE TURNED GREEN AND WE'RE ALL GLAD TO REACH TERRA FIRMA

121: DINING HALL | FRONT & BACK OF OUR CABIN-OUTHOUSE TO RIGHT | OUTHOUSE | CAME WITH HOUSE SPIDER

123: VIEWS FROM THE BEACH-INDIAN OCEAN | GUESS WHERE THE LEMURS ARE?

124: PRATINCOLE

126: VIEWS FROM THE RAINFOREST

129: TWO SOULS LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

130: VIEWS FROM THE RIVER | GUESS WHERE THE LEMURS ARE?

131: CRESTED DRONGO ON NEST

132: FINALLY-UP WITH THE RED RUFFED LEMURS

133: HELMET VANGA | BLUE COUA | SUNBIRD

134: MADAGASCAR BULBUL | KINGFISHER | RED-CRESTED CUCKOO

135: PANTHER CHAMELEON | PARSON'S CHAMELEON

136: GECKOS | LINEATED | GUTTATA | GIANT CHAMELEONS

137: FROGS

138: LAND CRABS

139: SPIDERS

140: NET-CASTING SPIDER SPINS A NET & CAST IT OVER PREY

141: GIANT MILLIPEDE | HOUSE SLUG | INSECTS | SCARAB BEETLE | SNOUT BEETLE

142: BUTTERFLY | MOTH? | FLY | LEAFHOPPER | CRICKET

143: PRAYING MANTIS ON PINEAPPLE FLOWER

144: FLORA | COFFEE FLOWERS & BEANS

145: ON OUR RETURN BOAT TRIP TO MAROANTSETRA- WE STOP AT NOSY MANGABE (ISLAND) | WITH LUNCH

146: WHITE-FRONTED BROWN LEMURS

147: MADAGASCAR BUZZARD | MANTELLA FROG

148: FIMBRIATED LEAF-TAILED GECKOS

149: WE OVERNIGHT IN MAROANTSETRA | TOMATO FROG

150: MADAGASCAR FODYS | FOREST FODY | COMMON MYNAH

151: I'M TOO OLD FOR THIS!!! | WE FLY TO TANA TO MAKE CONNECTION WITH OUR RETURN FLIGHT TO THE USA. ARRIVING IN FLORIDA OCTOBER 10th. AFTER SEEING MY DOCTOR AND GETTING LAB RESULTS, I WAS DIAGNOSED AS HAVING LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE

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