Our Borneo adventure (1): Bako National Park
When: March 2016 Weather : Hot 28C
Nikon P900. Leica M240 35mm summilux
In Kuching, Sarawak for a meeting and my birding pals and I took the opportunity to visit a few places; first port of call was a day trip to Bako National Park. I’d visited it a few years earlier but hadn’t got good pictures of the Proboscis monkeys so I was looking forward to trying again…we arrived at the jetty about 8am and shortly after took the 15 min boat ride on calm waters to Bako NP….as the tide was out, we couldn’t disembark on the jetty so had to roll our trousers up and wade in the shallows to the beach….
bako beach landing
the bearded pig of Bako…
before long our guide helped us locate some movement in the trees above….
the quite unique Proboscis Monkey of Bako
the female Proboscis Monkey with smaller nose
this delightful orange bellied flower pecker made a fleeting appearance
and there were other primates too on Bako…here a family of silver leaf monkeys
silver leaf monkey
infant silver leaf monkey
the beach yielded a solitary Eurasian Curlew
a common sandpiper
we took a detour up one of the long trails to see the pitcher plants….if time is short, don’t waste time on this walk….hang around the visitor centre where all sorts of creatures hang out…
this was one of the highlights of Bako…the Bornean Green Keelback Viper….very similar to the Wagler’s Pite Viper
and just before we left in the mid afternoon, this bronzeback slithered across a pond and into the bush
We left Bako by the 3pm boat for a late seafood lunch on the mainland…..Bako is a unique eco system and well worth a day trip.