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Is it a mouse?

By Karuma1970
Its a Golden-Brown Mouse Lemur. (Microcebus ravelobensis)
If Id been asked how many species there were of lemurs before I got interested in going to Madagascar I would probably have guessed about eight. In fact there are just over one hundred that have been identified so far.
The mouse lemur is nocturnal, about 3 inches long and weighs about the same as half a small bar of chocolate. Also they are very difficult to photograph! They scamper like mice but because they are primates they can grip and so climb through bushes.
Id been told that sometimes one had appeared about dusk in a bush. I stalked it for some nights before I eventually got a photo using a ring light that fitted around my lens. This was not one of the very expensive ring flashes. Its not advised to use flash with animals anyway. It was very reasonable, has a good light temperature and is like having a torch fitted to your camera. Excellent.


Tags: Night photography Lemur Madagascar Wildlife and nature

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1 Feb 2021 11:33AM
Great capture and worth the wait ! got the little blighter in the end !!!
Well caught Mike. Your stalking paid off! What a beautiful creature. It was keeping you firmly in its sights too.

Karen

gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
1 Feb 2021 12:47PM
An amazing capture Mike!!
. . . And a very handsome little lemur who's posing for you.

Glenn
debu 11 India
1 Feb 2021 1:31PM
Great set of images.
Debu
1 Feb 2021 2:50PM
Great images.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2021 2:53PM
Exquisite looking animal... Beautifully captured...
Lovely images, Isabel GrinGrin
Fefe Plus
10 57 37 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2021 3:14PM
V2 is my fave Smile
richmowil Plus
12 465 2 England
1 Feb 2021 4:54PM
Worth the effort for sure! Good set! V2 for me too!
1 Feb 2021 6:03PM
What big eyes you have, Grandmother. Reminds me of the bright-eyed possum but apparently smaller. Excellent find and thank you for the information.
1 Feb 2021 8:15PM
Its a cute little critter. Lovely big eyes. You do come across some wonderful nature. Debs
1 Feb 2021 8:33PM
Terrific images...clearly a nocturnal cousin of ours.

Peter
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
1 Feb 2021 8:55PM
Very endearing subject.
4 Feb 2021 10:44PM
What a cutie..Lin

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