Thursday, March 26, 2009

Similajau NP Weekend

School holidaze! Where to go? The kids and I packed up and made a weekend trip Similajau NP for a short R & R at the beach, who knows we might spot dolphins and perhaps get a close encounter with Similajau's friendly hornbills.

We were originally planning for a weekend at Kuala Nyalau for the Digital Photography Workshop but on account of the dismal reponse (we received 3 confirmation and 2 cancellation for the course) , we had to cancel the event. We will do another attempt at a Photography Workshop in Nyalau sometime in June/July depending of interest.

Well, at Similajau beach we got plenty of surf and the sand ... sunny blue-skies, clear water ideal for just jumping about in the surf. The young ones loved it!

The birds ... we sighted the usual old friends : magpie robin, house sparrow, asian glossy starlings, cream vented bulbul, plaintive cuckoo, white-breasted woodswallow, green imperial pigeon, black hornbill, dusky munia, brahminy kite, and common sandpipers. We also saw a nitejar at the parking lot ... no pictures were taken though on account of the camera infra-red not able to locate the bird in pitch darkness!

Sunsets ... we got our fair share of fabulous sunsets over the two evenings. Perfect sunset!

Cicadas ... the kids were tickled pink when they found out that you can actually use the cicada as a musical instrument. But they still hated the donk! donk! donk! sound they made when they hit the walls at nite. There were especially many that weekend.

Dolphins ... we didn't see any. Maybe Gianna and company will have better luck with them next week when they are at the park for their dolphin survey! The weather looks fabulously suited for some dolphin sightings ...

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