I was again invited to do a survey for EIA by school of biological sciences,USM. This time, it was in Johor. we used the same road going to the Peta, Endau-Rompin, but we took a right turn after about half an hour drive in from the main road. We stayed at a 'kongsi' own by a businessman who planted cloned rubber trees. The 'kongsi' was meant for the workers of course.
The forest was said to be unproductive secondary forest, which is why they wanted to convert it to cloned rubber tree estate.
After going into the forest, i realized that it is a peat swamp forest. I'm surprise by the diversity, especially bird wise of the area. I manage to record more than 90 species of birds. Other than that, we also captured a bat which we've never seen before,although it is common at Krau Reserve, Hipposideros ridleyi.
Here are some of the shots taken from here,
Balionycteris maculata, Spotted Winged Fruit Bat
Buff Vented Bulbul
Cream Vented Bulbul
Black Shouldered Kite. I noticed that this species is in a process of nesting
Footprint, belongs to some sort of small cat
Measuring the water quality
Black Bellied Malkoha
Red Naped Trogon
Little Green Pigeon
Red Billed Malkoha
A Tapir's footprint. Found at quite a few different area, showing that tey are surviving well here..
It's a pity to see this biodiversity rich area will be destroyed but we can only propose them to do selective clearance and not total clear fell. I hope these wildlife will find their new home...