Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

October 25, 2016

Kota Kinabalu – Sabah

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Fish Markets and Wetlands.

This morning I woke up early at 6am, had a kopi-o down the road and headed to the harbour.

Me at KK harbour
Me at harbour

There were heaps of fish being sold and bundled around here and there. The floors were slippery with fish slime and you had to be very careful or you could go arse over tit real easy.

fish market
Selling Fish.

The bad dudes wanted me to take their photo, so I obliged.

bad boys in the fish market
Bad mofos

Lots of trawlers were docked in the harbour.

Kota Kinabalu Trawlers
Master of all I survey.

After breakfast, I arranged for a taxi to come take me to the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands. The tide was high so it was not the best time to go there I think.

Kota Kinabalu wetlands

I managed to get at least one tick, the Ashy Tailorbird. This one is a juvenile which is paler and has a whitish throat. They are found low down in mangroves, scrub, riverside bush. They range from Burma to Palawan and Java.

Ashy Tailorbird
Ashy Tailorbird (Orthomotus ruficeps)

Mangrove Skink
Mangrove Skink (Emoia atrocostata), Bengkarong in Malay.

The Mangrove Skink has smooth and brownish to greyish metallic skin. Eyelids are movable and the tail detaches easily. Retreats at night in bases of the tree buttresses. Active at dawn whilst foraging for insects. Most active when the body temperature is between 25-27 degrees Celsius. Most skinks lay eggs but some bear live young.

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