25th Jan - 29th Jan:
After finishing up reptile transects on the first 5 islands. I was asked to assist in the camera trap aspect of the research. This involved a 32km hike through the Jungle of Klong Saeng Wildlife preserve over 3 days. On the 1st day of saw a water monitor climb 20m up a tree in 3 seconds as well as numerous Elephant footprints.
2nd day started off with a sighting of a very fast (unidentified) snake as it swan away in the river. The afternoon saw us caught up in a wild pig stampede (scared straight towards us by our Thai field guides). All topped off by being chased by bees after we thought stealing honey would be a good idea.
I woke up on the 3rd day to find 4 bullfrogs hanging outside my hammock. Can you guess what was for breakfast boys and girls? Frog and Catfish red Curry!
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