We were first based in Port Blair, around which we did some exploring.
|Sunset at Chidiya Tapu (Bird Island - it did give me some sightings of an Andaman Cuckoo Dove and Red-breastd Parakeet)|
|Boat weaving through mangroves to get to the limestone caves at Baratang|
From Port Blair, we took a sea plane (amazing experience) to Havelock island. There, we ended up spending most of our time at Radhanagar Beach. It's renowned to be one of the best beaches in South-east Asia but I was skeptical. When we got there I decided it was the best beach I've been to in my life (and I've been to some great beaches). The sand was white and soft, the water absolutely crystal clear. You could be in deep enough water that you weren't standing but still be able to see your toes. When you're in the water, you look around and are surrounded by dense forest and ocean. And out of the water, I explored the forest and discovered it was magical and full of birds. It was also walking distance to Barefoot Resort which had the best restaurant after a day swimming in the sun.
|View from the sea plane we took from Port Blair to Havelock Island|
All around the islands you get these little lizards. I have no idea what species they are but I went a little mad taking pictures of them and trying to get the perfect shot, though they're extremely skittish. When they run, they remind me so much of those Basilisk Lizards, also known as Jesus Christ lizards for the way they run across water. There also seems to be so much colour variation in them, I'm not even sure if they're all the same species. I found the first two in leaf litter during my forest walk, and the others around the resort. Whatever the reason for the different colours, they've got amazing camouflage! I had so many pictures of them, I couldn't decide which ones to put up here so I've put a view to show the different colours (note the eye colour too).
|note the different eye colour to the one below|
|little baby one next to the beach shower|
|these last two are a couple of my favourite shots :)|
Binu spotted this one at sunrise
Horrible photo, but I was so chuffed about the bird, I didn't care
I went off stalking this one while my family was still busy having dessert at Barefoot Resort on Beach No. 7
Also at Barefoot Resort
Right above us on Beach No. 7
Very common birds, but nice to photograph one for a change