Last year I posted about my visit to the Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley Conservation Forest in Sabah which is in North Borneo (Pygmies of Darkest Borneo and Nocturnal Perambulations in Borneo). Well, last week I had the good fortune to be there again on work assignment but as the project is coming to an end, this may possibly be my last visit.
As before, there was lots to see. On the night walk and night drive, we saw the rare and enchanting Western Tarsier again. This creature can look very cute and yet at other times with its large eyes can look quite evil. Some remark that it may have been the inspiration for Gollum from The Lord of the Rings movie.
Also seen on the night drive were a few Sambar deer, Angle-headed Lizard (Gonocephalus borneensis), a Tarantula spider and the Thomas’s Flying Squirrel. The latter was a highlight for me as I had never seen one before.
One morning, I went for a walk and fighting my fear of heights, went onto a canopy walkway with suspension bridges and platforms which are about 30 m off the forest floor. While I was struggling across one of the bridges, suddenly a small flock of Scarlet Minivets flew in and started dancing in the tree foliage around me. Temporarily forgetting my fears, I struggled to take pictures of the birds while trying to remain steady on the swaying bridge.
During the walk there, there was another surprise. A colugo came flying out of the forest with its skin stretched out between its limbs, very much looking like Batman with his cape and landed on a tall tree next to the trail. I have seen colugos before and have indeed posted on them (We Are Family) but this sighting was special. The colugo was flying almost directly at us and from that vantage point, we could see his “flying skin” perfectly.
It takes me 2 seconds to register the sight of the colugo, one more second for my brain to decide that I should try to take a photograph, 3 seconds to switch on my camera, another 3 seconds to aim the camera and focus and one second to press the shutter. That makes a total of 10 seconds. Unfortunately, the colugo’s flight lasted just 5 minutes which explains why I have no photo of it. Ah, well. You’ll just have to believe me.
In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy these photos.