Today Merijn, Marianne and I visited several remnant patches of forest – a bit of peat swamp forest and some bits of nipah and ficus swamp.
Just to prove I was there!
Black-throated Babblers were really common in peat swamp forest, even in little patches like this. I would have liked to get better pics, but this one only came out into the open once. Before it did so, Merijn warned Marianne to “Get ready, because it will come out for about 1 second”, which is exactly what it did!
Great Slaty Woodpeckers are supposed to be sensitive to logging, presumably because it takes out the big trees on which they depend. Here in Brunei, forests are fragmented by roads and pipelines, but otherwise intact, and the Great Slatys seem to do fine in these fragments, where the original trees still stand.
At dusk we went out to the Lumut pipeline and watched Large Flying Foxes flying to their feeding trees in their thousands. Enlarge this pic and see how many you can see. Merijn and a few PNHS volunteers counted 6-7,000 an hour the next night!
The scientifuc name is Pteropus vampyrus and there is certainly something quite gothic about them – a hint of the Nazgul!
We also came in the hope of seeing and hearing Bonaparte’s Nightjar, and weren’t disappointed. The call is extraordinary, rather like the sound of a kite in the wind flying past. Have a listen here. We got OK views but no photos, so I will refer to you to an excellent image taken by Folkert Hindriks at the same spot. Check out Folkert’s great blog here.