September 30: We began our first full day at Berenty with an early morning walk.
Our extraordinary tour leader, Herilala Jonah
The announced aim was to look for birds, but I was more interested in the vegetation.
An old and majestic tamarind tree
Fallen leaves with sisal spears
Fog-shrouded sunrise over a dead tree by the river
Returning to the lodge for breakfast, we meet the stars of the show: Ring-tailed lemurs that appear at every meal. They're a wild troupe (maybe more than one, contending for territory), but they're sufficiently habituated to people to try to scavenge from the table.
This male doesn't really have two tails.
Mother and child
We took several other walks through the forest during the day, with lots of good lemur sightings.
Brown lemur grooming a newborn
Red-fronted brown lemurs
Sifaka leaping across the ground - a quintessential Madagascar sight.