|Bako National Park, the oldest in Sarawak (gazetted in 1957) is indicated by the red arrow.|
|Boat returning from the sea with a catch of jellyfish; perhaps surprisingly there is a big market|
in jellyfish for consumption in other parts of Asia.
|Part of the catch; tentacles are cut off before the animals are taken on board.|
|Above and below, the rainforest comes right to the sea among weathered sandstone stacks.|
|View from the landing of the beach and headland that fronts the accommodation.|
|Close-up of headland at the end of the beach.|
|Typical cabin, run by the parks service.|
|The pigs, native to Peninsular Malaysia and adjacent islands including Borneo and Sumatra,|
are content to keep their distance and wait for pickings.
|The macaques however are not! They will seize food from plates if allowed (there is a constant battle between them and |
restaurant staff) and can be quite menacing if they think food is being withheld - for instance in any plastic bag sighted!
|Fiddler Crabs challenge each other with an enlarged claw whose sole purpose is for display -|
it is non-functional as far as feeding is concerned.
|Hermit Crabs, protected by scavenged sea snail shells, also roam the mud flats.|
|Mudskippers, re-enacting the drama of life moving ashore, are among the welcoming committees.|
|Mangrove Skink Emoia atrocostata on the sand at the landing.|
This widespread skink specialises in coastal habitats on islands throughout the western Pacific
and in Queensland.
|Green Crested Lizards Bronchocela cristatella are incredibly agile, skipping through tree foliage, and hurling |
themselves out into space.
|The huge gut is a vat for digesting leaves through bacterial action (like a ruminant mammal) but in|
fact Proboscis Monkeys also eat a lot of more readily digestible fruit.
|Red-crowned Barbets Psilopogon rafflesii can be seen wherever trees are fruiting.|
|Asian Fairy-bluebird Irena puella; a member of a family of just two Asian fruit-eaters.|
This one is found across southern Asia, the other just in the Philippines.
|The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher Ceyx erithaca is a tiny (13cm) forest kingfisher.|
|Blue-throated Bee-eaters Merops viridis sit out in the open watching for insects, often near the sea.|
|Looking out towards Santubong Island, from where Alfred Russel Wallace purportedly wrote an historic|
letter to Charles Darwin.
|Nepenthes albomarginata; the white rim below the mouth of the pitcher has been shown to attract termites|
to their doom in the liquid. (The rim on this one is fading to brown.)
|Nepenthes rafflesiana, a very large and hugely variably coloured pitcher.|
This is an upper pitcher; the plant is a climber and the twist of the stem around the branch
of the supporting shrub can be clearly seen.
|Myrmecodia sp. (Family Rubiaceae), an epiphytic ant plant growing on a tree trunk.|
They are abundant in the kerangas; the holes in the woody bulb where the ants enter are clearly visible.
|'Ant accomodating' Dischidia leaves.|