And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Borneo - The Caves

During our 2nd trip to Borneo we visited Gomantong Caves in Sabah and the Mulu Caves in Sarawak. With the high rainfall and large areas of limestone, these cave systems have become some of the largest in the world.

The Mulu Caves have some of the biggest caverns in the world.

Millions of bats, especially Wrinkle-Lipped Bats call the caves home and every night at dusk they leave the caves to go feeding in the forest. A truely amazing wildlife spectacle to see at Mulu.

While at Mulu we stayed at the Royal Mulu Resort, which has a wonderful system of elevated walkways leading to the rooms and a great place to spot animals. It's easy to see animals such as Prevost's Squirrel running along branches, often at eye level.

Spending time walking the walkways is well worth it as it can lead you to find these Common Flying Lizards resting on branches during the day or sometimes to see them gliding from tree to tree.

Barbets which as often so hard to see in the tree tops, like this male Red-throated Barbet. We found this one digging a hole near the walkway at eye level.

The river leading to some of the caves was stunning and a good way to see more animals, especially birds feeding and roosting at the river's edge.

A beautiful, peaceful section of river.

Shortly after taking this photo at the end point of the boat ride to the caves, the heavens opened and the lightening and rain came down. The huge afternoon thunderstorms turned the once peaceful river in a fast flowing torrent for the way home. That was a fun, wet journey back!

A Striped Bronzeback Tree Snake, often found on the ground as well as trees.

The common but beautiful Crested Green Lizard, found over most of Borneo and south-east asia.

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