Rafflesia keithii - also on top of my target list. But damn difficult to find and photograph.
It is a parasitic flowering plant in the genus Rafflesia, which are the largest flowering plants on earth. Rafflesia keithii is endemic to Sabah in Borneo. The flowers can grow up to one metre in diameter, only flowering some days and the rotten smell attracts loads of pollinating flies.
Sitting in KL airport waiting for the flight back to Sabah, Borneo.
Here is a shot from some days ago, with a Proboscis Monkey (näsapa) jumping from one tree to another. This is a very agile monkey and a fantastic jumper. It will even some time drop 15 meter down, jumping in between the trees. And it is endemic to Borneo (occurs only there) and is endangered.
One of my absolute target species came through - Western Tarsier (västligt spökdjur) at Danum Valley, Borneo.
It is just so difficult to find, but our “super”-tracker Duanis found it at our final night.
It is smaller than my fist and only night active. jumping from tree to tree in the under-vegetation of the rainforest where it hunts for juicy insects and can even take small snakes and bats. And it is distantly related to the monkeys.
Whiskered Treeswift (mindre trädseglare) waiting out one of the many rains in Danum Valley, Borneo. It is a wonderful colored swift and it hunts insects in the open areas, like over streams, in the rainforest.
Rain is like poetry for a photographer, fantastic low light and soft colors. We had rains and leeches in plenty in this marvelous primary rainforest.
It has been many extremely intensive days with loads of wildlife since the last post. More will come - so stay tuned ;)
Semi-big Orang-utan male reaching out for the right fruit. We are finally on Borneo, and right after entering the Danum Valley area yesterday, we found this big wild “forest-man” feasting on ripe fruits in the rainforest.
What a smack start for us to encounter a wild orang-utan, not a released animal or one at a feeding site - and to it all a big male. When he changed tree and came down on the ground we rugged away since he was quite massive.
We followed it up with 4 other monkey species – and on top of that: heavy rains for an entire day and loads of tiger-leeches (tiger-iglar) trying to feast on us.
Picher plant (Nepenthes (kannranka)) from the mossy forest in the Cameron highlands of Malaysia.
Im now in a new world with new rain-forests, and with my other son Kristian I hiked , more-less climbed, one of the most strenuous trails in my life in a mountain cloud forest = mountain rainforest = elfin forest.
Pitcher plants are carnivorous plants who are trapping inects in a deep cavity filled with “digestion” liquid.