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Roundtrip Borneo, June 2004

Sukau

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The river
The river

The day is almost over, and the light is starting to fade away. It is time to turn the boat around and begin our journey back to the lodge. So far this river trip has been wonderful, I enjoyed every minute of it. But the trip is not over yet!

The 'real' highlight of the day should now start to arrive in the treetops along the river. It is time for the nose-monkeys to appear....... So keep your eyes and ears open.... we might see and here some of them......

Nose monkeys in love

Nose monkeys
Nose monkeys

Nose monkeys!!!! Wow, there they are! A big group appeared high in the tree tops not so very far from our lodge. When the evening falls they all come to the bank of the river to stay overnight in the tree tops here. Wow, an amazing sight to see! Such wonderful animals!

But.... but.... what are those two doing there in the treetops!??? Hmmmm...... when you look at the picture you almost would think they are.... uuuh, well, I wonder if they would censure the picture if I told you what they were doing, LOL, so you better guess it for yourself :-)))

I am the boss!

A fantastic moment. A huge male nose-monkey stands up on his hind legs, making him even bigger and more impressive than he already is. All of a sudden he starts to produce a huge amount of noise. He clearly does not agree with something that goes on above him in the trees and he is showing he is the boss. And yes, he is the BOSS!

It quiets down again in the trees. The moment is over. It seemed like a unique moment, and it was fantastic to have been a witness to it.

 I am the boss!
I am the boss!

Night life

The guides
The guides

The evening falls, it gets dark very quickly. But it is still so nice and warm outside. It is great to sit in one of the lazy chairs overlooking the river, reflecting back to the wonderful day we had. Bats, monkeys, snakes, cockroaches, birds, you name it, we saw and did it. Hahaha, well, that's how it feels like it anyway.

Down below us on the pier all the local guides gather together for a chat and a drink. That's all the nightlife you will find here. But it feels good. It is all the nightlife I needed that night. Quietly enjoying, thinking, reliving the day. A wonderful day.

Our little friend the filmstar :-)

Gecko
Gecko

I shouldn't forget to mention our little friend the film star! This little gecko was clinging to the wall of our outside dining room, making noise to catch some attention. "Hi my little gecko, you look cute!" "Do you want your picture taken?" Of course it does, hahaha, or that's the way I interpreted it ;-) But oops.... it was quite dark of course where the little gecko was sitting and I couldn't really see him through my camera lens. There was only one option..... point the camera, zoom in and just lets hope I am aiming right..... the flash goes, yep, I've got him..... but uhhhhh, only parts of it. Not the best of pictures when the head is missing.... hmmmmm......

The gecko doesn't seem impressed, almost seems like it is smiling at us.... try again, if you dare! It seemed to be saying...... Oh well, you're right, lets try it again! :-))..... and again.... and again....

After about a dozen attempts we finally had the gecko full size in our picture frame. The gecko wasn't impressed at all. I think he would do marvellous in Hollywood..... a real movie star :-))

Good morning monkeys

Macacque
Macacque

Good morning!!! Arghhh... early, early morning! Hahaha, it was so early, I can't even remember the time we got up :-)) But what a surprise I got when I got out of our lodge! Still feeling like a zombie, eyes hardly opened, I got the surprise of my life. At the end of the walkway, close to our lodge, there was a group of Macaque monkeys trying to eat some fruit.

It was so much fun to watch this group of Macaque , see them sitting in the trees, racing around over the ground, and try to eat the large piece of fruit laying on the ground. I was so taken by all this that I forgot my breakfast..... oooopsssss........

With only a few minutes to spare, I managed to get some food in my stomach and hurry to the boat. Today we are having an real early start to the day! But I don't mind. After seeing those macaques so early in the morning, I had a feeling this was going to be the perfect day! Early morning is the best time to see wildlife, so off we go...... so come on and hop on in the boat, and lets see if we can find something! :-)

A day on the river

 A day on the river
A day on the river

The sun comes up quickly, making everything look so bright and cheerful. Today's trip is going to start on the big river, the Kinabatangan. The atmosphere of this river is so different than the small river we were on yesterday afternoon. It is wide, huge, with impressive vegetation on either side. This river is a perfect place to do bird watching.

Camera ready?

Gecko
Åke

Camera ready! Let the show begin! :-)) It's wonderful to see the nature of Sabah, here along the Lower Kinabatangan river. Birdlife is the most you will see and if you want to take pictures of it, a good long lens is advisable.

This is a 400mm lens and that is already pushing it if you are thinking of taking some descent pictures. Most birdlife can be spotted high up in the trees or on the river banks. The main problem is when you get close with the boat, the birds will fly away. Of course this gives some opportunities to get some great action shots, but it doesn't make life easier ;-)

Read more on page 4 about Sukau....

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