|Gomantong Caves locality, at the end of the red arrow.|
|Looking into Simud Hitam, the Black Cave; this is the one that is open to visitors.|
|Black-nest Swiftlet on nest, Gomantong.|
|Part of the Black-nest Swiftlet colony in Gomantong.|
|Mossy-nest Swiftlet Aerodramus salangana, Bako NP.|
Even the keenest nidivore would be challenged by this nest served as a meal!
|Harvesters' huts on the hillside near the entrance to the White Cave.|
|Looking out the 'back door' of Black Cave; the objects in the foreground belong to the cave guards.|
|Wrinkle-lipped Free-tailed Bats Chaerephon plicatus high up in Black Cave.|
|Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela in a coconut palm just outside the cave entrance.|
|Huge mound of swiftlet and bat droppings on the floor of the cave.|
|Some of the millions of cockroaches which inhabit the caves (above and below),|
doing an essential clean-up job.
|Scutigeran, or Wood Centipede, hunting the cave walls.|
|Freshwater Crab; unfortunately my flash wasn't working on this occasion...|
|A magnificent millipede.|
|Carpenter Bee Xylocopa sp. (I think!).|
|Probably Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina, which has a huge distribution from Madagascar through|
south-east Asia to Japan and the Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.
(Thanks for the tip below Susan!)
|Red Grasshawk Neurothemis fluctuans; this one I'm pretty sure of.|
|Freshwater snails in stream along the track.|
|Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella;|
|This lovely dragon is found throughout much of south-east Asia.|
|Asian Water Monitor Varanus salvator; a common monitor (goanna in Australia), |
this one was lying on some bags outside the workers' accommodation.
|Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica; a very familiar genus in Australia, it extends through south-east Asia to India.|
|Rufous-backed (or Oriental Dwarf) Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca.A diminutive (only 12cm long) and gorgeous little forest kingfisher.|
|Maroon Leaf Monkeys Presbytis rubicunda, above and below.|
This beautiful monkey is endemic to Borneo.
|A family group of Maroon Leaf Monkeys.|
|Large male Southern Pig-tailed Macaque Macaca nemestrina.These are powerful and potentially dangerous monkeys.|
|The fact that this was an entirely wild animal, not one used to people like the rehabilitated animals|
at Sepilok, just added to our pleasure.
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