28th Feb - 10th March:
After finally returning to our island we were awoken that night by a strange noise. Very similar to a rain stick being shaken repeatedly. After speaking to Grom and Rort we found out that the noise was in fact a Porcupine wandering around our camp in the middle of the night. During a nocturnal search (which didn't actually reveal the porcupine) I did manage to see several mouse deer on the island as well as a terrestrial slender toed gecko! After setting up a transect on our island i then managed to find 3 different gecko species on one transect (100m). A terrestrial gecko and two Hemidactylus species including H. garnoutii which is a parthogenic species (No males exist in the population females lay fertilized eggs containing females).
The night surveys I initiated on other islands have yet to yield a lot of reptiles however we are seeing and hearing some interesting animals including; Greater Mouse Deer, Civets and Leaf Monkeys. I will however be continuing the nocturnal surveys in the final month to hopefully find some forest based Tokay geckos.
Rort spent the evening of the 4th setting a fishing net. The following day the results were significantly more than we bargained fore!! I fish that must have been about 6 -8 kilograms. The fish was promptly dispatched and smoked for an entire day over the fire which then served as our food for the next few days.
On the 10th we returned to the mainland to begin our trip to Cambodia for 4 days.