Day 2 at Isalo National Park was all about wildlife sightings - but don’t scroll to the end of the photos if you’re squeamish! On last Saturday we went hiking on a trail further north than where we visited the first day.
We had barely begun the hike before coming across a large, male chameleon. Its light brown color blended in quite well with tree. Shortly afterwards, we spotted a few birds, including a Madagascar hoopoe with a long beak, and a pair of broad-billed rollers, one of them flying past the other, exposing its beautiful blue feathers.
Not long after starting off, we passed a campsite that can be used for multi-day treks through the park. I’m guessing the animals are used to finding leftover food in the area, because we saw quite a few just around the campsite itself. As soon as we entered the campsite, a family of ring-tailed lemurs appeared, but they moved further back as we approached, and eventually ran off completely.
Around the same spot, I noticed an owl sitting in the trees above. Also close to the campsite, we saw a female malagasy paradise-flycatcher, a little bird with pretty brown and white feathers.
We continued our hike, staying for a while alongside a stream, which meant a bit more vegetation than elsewhere in the park. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a snake launched onto a frog, biting around its head. The poor frog probably never saw the snake coming, and didn’t stand a chance after that. Remarkably, Madagascar has no snakes which pose any danger to humans, so we could get quite close for an even better look at nature’s food chain in action.