Summer in Guadeloupe (2016), Lesser Antilles

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Summer in Guadeloupe (2016), Lesser Antilles

Postby Alexandre Roux » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:02 am

Sorry Robin, I may have stolen your idea to post about this awesome location, where I spent my holidays (mostly because of my girlfriend who was there for studies training). By the way thank you for helping me on frogs ID.

I stayed there for 2 weeks but didn't get much time to go on herping sessions as I spent most of my time waiting for turtles on beaches all night long (yes, my girlfriend did her training with a marine turtle protection association called Evasion tropicale in Bouillante). I spent the resting time between beaches of Bouillante and my appartement in Pigeon (yes, that's the real name of the place).

Here are some of my encounters:

Flora

ImageSpathoglottis plicata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Reptiles

ImageTyphlops guadeloupensis? by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageAnolis marmoratus by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageAnolis marmoratus by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageHemidactylus mabouia by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageThecadactylus rapicauda by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageIguana delicatissima by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageIguana delicatissima by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageChelonia mydas by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Frogs

ImageEleutherodactylus martinicensis by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageEleutherodactylus martinicensis by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageEleutherodactylus johnstonei by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Birds

ImageBubulcus ibis by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageButorides virescens by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImagePelecanus occidentalis by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageSterna maxima by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageFalco sparverius ssp. caribaearum by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageTiaris bicolor by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageCharadrius wilsonia by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageNyctanassa violacea by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageNyctanassa violacea by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageArenaria interpres by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageAnous stolidus by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageTyrannus dominicensis by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageOrthorhyncus cristatus by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageFregata magnificens by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageZenaida aurita by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageSetophaga petechia ssp. melanoptera by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageSula leucogaster by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Marine mammals

ImageStenella attenuata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageStenella attenuata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageStenella attenuata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageStenella attenuata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageStenella attenuata by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImagePeponocephala electra by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImagePeponocephala electra by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImagePeponocephala electra by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImagePeponocephala electra by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageLagenodelphis hosei by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageLagenodelphis hosei by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageLagenodelphis hosei by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Shark !

ImageNegaprion brevirostris by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Insects

ImageAcromyrmex octospinosus by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

Landscapes

ImageBassin bleu by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageBassin bleu by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr

ImageRéserve Cousteau by Alexandre Roux, sur Flickr
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Re: Summer in Guadeloupe (2016), Lesser Antilles

Postby Alexandre Roux » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:15 am

I don't know why but I tried to put a video link inside my post and I now can't access the forum except via my phone. Looks like I've been blocked...
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Re: Summer in Guadeloupe (2016), Lesser Antilles

Postby Robin Duborget » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:46 pm

Alexandre Roux wrote:I don't know why but I tried to put a video link inside my post and I now can't access the forum except via my phone. Looks like I've been blocked...


Aaaah the same problem than me !!!! I had the same bug the next week when posting. Strange ?

I was in Bouillante to, Alexandre, the first time (in 2012) for geology studies, and next (in 2014) for the "ilets Pigeon". We also saw turtles, but only when diving.

I really like your pictures with Iguana, stunning ! Where it was ? On "la Désirade" , or "petite terre" ?

I can't help you with the Typhlops, do you have the book of Michel Breuil to identify it ?

This Spathoglottis plicata is really everywhere in "Basse-Terre", it's an introduced species I think ?
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Re: Summer in Guadeloupe (2016), Lesser Antilles

Postby Alexandre Roux » Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:04 am

I'm finally done with the access problem ! :D

There are many turtles for sure around Bouillante feeding near the beach (Malendure) but some rarely come to lay eggs by night (my girlfriend stayed for 3 months and only saw 3 turtles). But they come several times almost every 10 days so you may have chances to see one during the nesting season.
The fact is that they can come in the early night or 2 hours before sunrise :lol:

The iguana picture was taken on Petite terre, as well as the shark.

No, I don't have the book because when I saw the price at the National park office, I thought I would be able to do it by myself. But that's not true...

And for the last point, Spathoglottis plicata comes from Asia and is a very common orchid in flower shops. So it is indeed an introduced species.
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