Image of the Month
"Dancing" Sifakas by Dale Morris
Madagascar must surely be one of the most unique wildlife photo destinations on the planet. From giant chameleons and geckos the size of rats, to mouse sized lemurs and dancing Sifakas, Madagascar is a gold mine of endemic species. An ever-popular destination with wildlife photographers, our February Image of the Month was captured by ORYX Photographic leader Dale Morris while on assignment on the huge island, and he takes up the story:
“I was recently leading an ORYX Photographic Expedition around this magnificent island, with one of the highlights being a visit to the leaping lemurs of Berenty Reserve. A Sifaka is so adapted to living up in the trees that it can scarcely walk when on terra firma. Usually, you would not encounter one on the ground. However, Berenty reserve is surrounded by sisal plantations and is crisscrossed by numerous sandy roads. These tree lined tracks are way too wide for the Sifakas to jump across, so instead they come down to the ground and leap along like little spring loaded ballet dancers. They do look ridiculous!
In order to get good photos of this event, we employed local scouts to keep an eye on the local troops of Sifakas that frequent the reserve and its edges. When one of the groups came close to a road, we stuck with them, waiting for the moment when they would cross. Inevitably the event happened, and because our lookout scouts were doing such a good job keeping track of the animals, we were able to get into the perfect photographical positions to snap the Sifakas strutting their stuff!”
If you would like to join Dale and experience for yourself the unbelievable photographic opportunities that Madagascar has to offer, we have spaces available on our Madagascar – Endemic Wildlife Photographic Safari II: 31st October – 9th November, and Morandava – Kirindy Photographic Safari Extension II: 10th – 14th November. To find out more, kindly contact our office, or else visit our website at the above links.
Download (Free High Resolution Wallpaper)
Click on the the link that corresponds to your screen resolution, once the image has loaded,
PC: right-click and select "Set As Desktop Background"
Mac: ctrl-click and select "Use Image as Desktop Picture"
Doesn't show your resolution: use the nearest option and then select 'stretch' in Display Properties.
Or if you want to save a wallpaper on your hard disk click right mouse button and select "save picture as".