It was still raining when we set out to go further upriver this morning, so I kept my camera under wraps. Inevitably, that was a decision I was to regret! A number of good birds were on show, including Ruddy Kingfisher, Wrinkled Hornbill and Straw-headed Bulbul. At one point we disturbed a pair of Hose’s Langurs from an emergent riverside tree, and watched them leap into the surrounding trees as they beat a hasty retreat.
Most amazing for me was the sight of a huge crocodile basking on a sand-bank. My boatman estimated it was at least 5 metres in length, and I wouldn’t argue with that! It wasn’t just the length which was impressive, but the width and height of the thing. When I first saw it I actually dismissed it as a crocodile-shaped log, as I thought it was too large to possibly be a croc… and then it moved!
Our first port of call was an area of burnt freshwater swamp forest which has developed an unusual heath vegetation.
Beyond this was intact freshwater swamp forest, which was a bit sparse birdwise.