Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Monday, October 29, 2007


I'm back from a fantastic island-hopping spree, with a refreshed work ethic, a new fascination for birds of paradise, and a humbling ankle wound inflicted by a lowly millipede. I visited Taiwan, Borneo, Singapore, Bali, Flores, Rinca, Pulau Bidaderi, Pulau Kalong, Gili Montang, Komodo, Gili Lawa, Gili Banta, Sumbawa, Flores, Sulawesi, Ambon and New Guinea. Right now I have to focus on catching up on my painting schedule, and in lieu of ending my hiatus with a more sophisticated post, I've simply put up some composite images of some of the more interesting photographs I took while away
Small Mammals: Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) Silvered Langur and young (Trachypithecus cristatus), Ebony Langur (Trachypithecus auratus), Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis), unidentified Hipposiderid bat , flying foxes (Pteropus vampyrus), Colugo (Cynocephalus variegatus), Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus), and a large (about 18cm from head to toe) blurry bat that roosted alone inside of a culvert beneath a road through montane forest in NW Bali. Do any of you smart people have any ideas as to what this might be?
Non-skink Lizards: Flying Lizards: Draco fimbriatus, D. sp., D. cristatellus, Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus), Sail-tailed Lizard (Hydrosaurus amboinensis), Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella), Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko), Frilled Gecko (Cosymbotis sp.), Garnot's Gecko [with Tree Sparrow] (Hemidactylus garnoti), House (Hemidactylus frenatus), Bent-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp.), Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis).
Artiodactyls: Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus), Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjac), Sambar Deer (Cervus unicolor), Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), Banteng [domestic] (Bos javanicus), Timor Pig (Sus scrofa).
Non passeriform perching birds: Collared Kingfisher (Todirhaphus chloris), Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda), Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha), Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), Red-naped Trogon (Harpactes kasumba), Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis), Blythe's Hornbill (Aceros plicatus), Bar-pouched Wreathed Hornbills (Aceros undulatus), Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaultii), Bushy-crested Hornbill (Anorrhinus galeritus), Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Sacred Kingfisher (Todirhaphus sanctus).
Cartoon map and all photographs by CPBvK


Blogger Neil said...

Welcome back Carel! Looks and sounds like you had an exciting trip, I can't wait to hear more.

While you were out I tagged you with a wretched meme: the interesting animal meme. You might have ample blogging fodder from this trip alone.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Neil said...

P.S. I love that tree sparrow and gecko shot. Are tree sparrows native in southeast Asia?

5:09 PM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Thanks, Neil. Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) range across Eurasia, from the Atlantic to Wallace's Line. They do very well in cities and have recently expanded their range into the Philippines, and east through the Sunda Islands into Australasia, as well as the midwestern US, having been introduced there in the 19th century. The photo was taken in Kota, Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, where the species was first noticed in 1964. Likewise, House Geckos are native to SE Asia, and have been inadvertently introduced to cities throughout the tropical and subtropical region, possibly even Davis, California.

5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a trip fro the ages. I'm looking forward to reading your reflections once you ease back into things. Welcome back!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Ivan said...

You were in Singapore? Aw shucks! Which parts did you visit? And it seems like you sure had quite an experience, exploring parts of the world so many of us can only dream of visiting.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Mike: Thanks for the welcome, and thanks for not forgetting me while I was gone.
Hai-Ren: I considered contacting you before I left, and probably should have. I was only in Singapore for several hours, most of which I spent at Bukit-Timah nature reserve. The Clouded Monitor and Plantain Squirrel photos were taken there.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Antuco el Otorongo said...

Cool Carel, when are you coming to make a trip to Iquitos?

9:09 PM  
Blogger Darren Naish said...

Could the blurry bat beneath the culvert be a Bornean horseshoe bat Rhinolophus borneensis? It looks about right, but I dunno if they occur on NW Bali.

3:05 AM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Otorongo: Could be sooner than you think. I've had a hankering lately for Siete Raices.
Darren: Thanks for lending your expertise. R. borneensis could well occur there (you can see much of Java from the spot in question). I think the blurry one was a bit bigger than that sp., though. When I have some time, I'll have to sift through that whole genus and Hipposideros as well.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Antuco el Otorongo said...

I hope so, I was just talking to BL and you should have heard what he said about the horned frog I found.

It was the most beautiful phase he had ever seen!!
I am so proud

5:11 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

welcome back Carel.

2:52 AM  
Blogger burning silo said...

I'm just recently back from my own rather less ambitious wanderings through Oregon and California -- so doing a little catching up on blog reading. Sounds like you had a terrific adventure. Great creature photos. I hope that recovery from the millipede bite has been relatively uneventful.

5:10 PM  
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