Return To Endau Rompin Part 2

Posted: May 10, 2010 in butterflies, holidays, macro photography

In place of the ubiquitous yellows of yesteryear, the creamy, dark edged Little Mapwings (themire themire) took over the trails in numbers, constantly fanning their ribboned wings in the sunlight, disrupted occasionally by the larger more remarkable Marbled Mapwing (cocles earli), swooping down into the flock like a King Vulture.

Unlike the single-minded puddling of the smaller mapwings, the Marbled Mapwing was wary, taking off to the protection of the high trees everytime it was approached, swinging agilely into the underside of the leaves, pressing itself into the shade where it was difficult to be seen by predators.

The Little Mapwings threw caution to the wind, brazen enough to perch on shoulders, adding colour and laughter to an otherwise plain blue shirt and serious morning.

 Smaller still, the cleverly camouflaged Malayan sat very quietly and still against the ground, allowing the more flighty and brightly coloured Small Leopards to steal the show from both photographer and predator.

Further up the trail with a section of exposed mud wall, a surprisingly large population of Dwarf Crows and Blue Spotted Crows floated in numbers, extracting minerals from the red mud instead of from off the ground, keeping them from under the wheels of passing 4X4s.

The same couldn’t be said for the ill-fated Common Nawab, which failed to burst off with the falcon-like agility and speed known to its species, when a blind trundling 4X4 came rolling by, crushing the beautiful creature into the mud whose same bounty had lulled the poor creature into blissful drunken stupor.

Even all around the designated safe sanctuary of Endau Rompin, human encroachment on forest habitats could be seen.  Just outside Lupuk Tapah, a section of forest had been cleared to make way for more guest accommodation, instead of building the accommodation around the forest and minimizing damage to the valuable resource that makes Endau Rompin attractive to visitors in the first place.

With the continuing rate of destruction, it can only be imagined that Endau Rompin will soon become another pretty but vacant face.


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  1. Enoch Wesley says:

    In my opinion it already was discussed

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