Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sabah Day 2: Danum Valley

Early morning at Danum Valley Field Centre. This is not a place to stay around in bed till afternoon. If you get lucky, you can get a glimpse of some animals during the early morning hours.

My second time here at DVFC. This time there were not many scientists/researchers around. The others that stayed here were visitors like us, except they were foreigners. Love to see the camera gears that they brought along with them.
View of Segama River from the hanging bridge.

Danum Valley Field Centre from the bridge. It's a dry season.

The hanging bridge across Segama River.

Late morning we set out for Borneo Rainforest Lodge, another 2 hours away from DVFC. Just before reaching BRL, we stopped at this canopy walkway. Beautiful setting..

View looking down from one of the observation decks at the canopy walkway..

The canopy was set up upon menggaris trees and seraya aka tualang..

The trunk of the menggaris tree feels and looks like a cement..

Seraya tree aka tualang as part of the last tree base of the canopy walkway..

At BRL, off we go a wandering..

Some of us who decided not to trek to the coffin area, waited here..

What was left of the coffins..these people believed that the higher they were buried, the easier it was to get to the life after..

What was left of the bones..

You can see BRL from the viewpoint, just a little short distance uphill from the coffin place.
Menggaris trees..prominent features among the jungles surrounding Danum Valley.

Jacuzzi pool, where we had our packed lunch of nasi goreng and a piece of fried chicken. We were joined by a group of European tourists staying at BRL. They had a special spread of local fruits and pisang goreng, brought out from BRL which was finished by us..Never refused a free food being offered.. I think the staff wanted a lighter load on his way back.
Late afternoon, two of us went up this 120 feet observation deck nearby DVFC. Looking up from the observation deck..a woodpecker was busy pecking on a distance tree somewhere. My binocular is too small to be able to see any birds or orang utan..
No idea how long we stayed up there..after a few photos, it was time to go down the ladder again to join the others at the bottom.
On the way back to DVFC, we found this little woodpecker dropped out of nowhere and injured himself. The guide, Gerald went on to nurse this little guy while the rest of us went on for a swim at Segama Beach.
After the swim, nearby our hostel, we saw these two deers hanging around. Towards evening, you could see many more of them lurking around the buildings, happily grazing on grasses and leaves.
Later that night, it was time for a night safari. More little red and black broadbill (a species of bird) sleeping on a branch oblivious to our spotlights, an owl..

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