Cloudy, 67° and rain in the afternoon (heavy rain the night before). Altitude at the start of our hike was 7634 feet hiking up to 8644 feet.
Welcome to the Agashya Group, meaning the Special Group. The group is named after a Silverback that joined the group in 2003. Prior to his joining, the original Silverback had passed and the most senior Blackback attempted to lead however he was not strong enough. The dominant females took over the leadership roles in the group for several years. Agashya, un-habituated at the time, joined the group in 2003 as their new leader. At the first, the females did not accept him, and the senior Blackback never accepted him and later left the group. Watching the reactions of the females when researchers and rangers were observing them habituated him. Today, the group is 22 strong with a number of babies and juveniles. The hike was more strenuous than our previous hikes however, photographing the babies (7 and 10 months old) made the hard work worth it.
Check out these photos from two of my clients, Barbara and Kristina.
Tomorrow, we are off to photograph Golden Monkeys before we start our journey home.
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