Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

September 2, 2012

Cuc Phuong National Park

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Cuc Phuong National Park, North Vietnam.

It take me ages to get to Cuc Phuong National Park. I thought I would be there in a couple of hours but it took me like seven or eight hours to get here. The last part when I got off the Ho Chi Minh Highway was horrendous. The dirt road had holes so big that trucks were getting lost in them.

The other side of Cuc Phuong
The other side of Cuc Phuong

This is the other side of the range of karsts that contains the Cuc Phuong National Park. The park is in a valley between two ranges of karsts.

Grey-hooded Warbler ???
maybe a Grey-hooded Warbler ???

I could not work this one out. It was mostly yellow with a black stripe through the eye and a rufousish mohawk. At first I thought it might be a Mountain Tailorbird, juvenile but no it is the wrong shape, the bill is not sharp enough and it is too large. Then I thought it might be a Grey-hooded Warbler but the crown is rufousish. I really am not sure.

camo dragonfly

There were thousands of butterflies around when I rode in to the park, but late in the afternoon I did not see many at all. There were lots and lots of grasshoppers but. And a few dragonfly.

Web work
Spider checking his nets

I like this shot of the spider pulling on his web.

Cicada-like insect
Noisy cicadaish thing

There was heaps of noise in the bush from these cicada-like creatures. I have no idea what they actually are but they sound like cicadas.


This is the same type of spider as above but the photo is a lot sharper.

squirrel up a tree

This squirrel ran up this dead tree and disappeared into the end of it.

Dark Hawk-cuckoo
Dark Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx bocki )

Huge butterfly
Huge butterfly

This butterfly was huge, bigger than some birds. He had his proboscis out, eating a big hole out of the leaf.

Mountain Horned Dragon

This lizard was on the steps of the track down from the hill where the thousand year old tree is. He stayed there for heaps and was not afraid at all. A probable ID for this lizard is Acanthosaura lepidogaster.

pink dragonfly
pink dragonfly

The last morning it was pouring down with rain and I only had about an hour out in the bush and only got this shot of a pink dragonfly that was hanging out at the blue-green algae swimming pool.

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