Sunday, March 29, 2009

All Day Earth Hour


I've just come back from 3 nights in a "jungle" camp along the Kinabatangan river, near Sabah's east coast. The riverine forest connecting a series of reserves along the river is all that remains of the original rainforest. Since vast areas of the rainforest are now replaced by oil palm plantations, the wildlife is squeezed into the green corridor along the river.


Not good for the animals, but it makes for fantastic wildlife viewing. I saw orangutans each morning, Borneo's endemic proboscis monkeys, silver leaf monkeys, a crocodile, lots of gorgeous birds including hornbills and jewel-bright kingfishers, plus lots of "small stuff". Oh, and the nightly phenomenon of dozens and dozens of flying foxes leaving their daily roost and flying over the river to spend the night foraging.

The local people living in the upper reaches of the river observe Earth Hour all the time; no electricity here. But there are still fish in the river, and plenty of water for doing the laundry at the usual floating pontoon near the river bank.





My photos aren't that great — wildlife photography is not easy, especially when animals seem to like a strong back light. You can scarcely use a fill flash on an orangutan way up a tree about 30 metres away!

6 comments:

tiffany said...

What's the bird? Also, very tempted by your beef recipe ... Could be just the thing for this weekend.

Wendy said...

the bird is a blue-eared kingfisher, really tiny compared to the usual ones you see. good luck with the beef! And have a great time at Phi's wedding. Did you see that the green colour of your Akira dress is almost identical to the dress Kate Moss wore at the NY Topshop opening? What a trendy daughter I have!

Botacook said...

what a lovely bird! I would love discovering this tropical rainforest...

tiffany said...

I didn't make it to the beef this last weekend - got sidetracked by a rolled roast loin of pork - but it's still on my to-do list.

God forbid I should emulate Kate Moss in any way. She's a coke-snorting, boss-eyed scrubber who only looks good when someone has spent six hours Photoshopping her! But the green is good ...

Botacook said...

Hi Wendy,
I saw that a new book of yours will be released in July ("Touch of tropical spice"). Could you tell me if it's a re-edition of "Tropical Asian Cooking" (which I already own and really like) or if it's a totally new book? Thanks a lot.

ena said...

Dear Wendy,

I am curious to know if you are the one who wrote the book on "Kudat" (Sabah Colour Guide, published by Natural History Publications).

If yes, I wanted to know if you feel that the Kudat Riviera has closed off the beautiful beaches (especially at Pulau Kelambu) to the public, which would be a real shame.

I think the tip of borneo is so beautiful...thanks for your book!

anis
enaramli@gmail.com