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Wild Reunion Island

20 Jul ’11

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I spent two months in Reunion Island to visit my family over December and January before heading to Nepal. I did quite a few hikes in order to train for Nepal as I was not the fittest at that time ! I hiked to the top of  the Piton des Neiges, highest top of the Indian Ocean, but that will be for another blog post.

The island is a real hike-heaven.

This is a good friend of mine who knows the island really well, a good ally when hiking or scouting new locations to photograph. What about the wildlife of the island ? It is not the craziest hotspot of the world but there is some really cool critters to see.

This is  a gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda laticauda), introduced from Madagascar.

This gecko, Reunion Island ornate day gecko (Phelsuma inexpectata) is extremely endangered with a habitat restricted to a small band of coastal area and a population estimated to be about 200-300 maximum.

The panther chameleon, (Furcifer pardalis), introduced from Madagascar. The brown one is a female, they are usually less exuberant in colors and patterns than the males.

Dolphins in the Bay of Saint-Paul. The ones in the last images are also bottlenose dolphins but a different species (Tursiops truncatus). The two other images are from Tursiops aduncus. I do whale and dolphin watching quite often there. Well this is some touristy shots I think, I had no real other meaning than showing a nice place lost in the Indian Ocean.

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

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