Kumai (2)

JJMoon Diary
Barry and Margaret Wilmshurst
Tue 20 Oct 2009 11:41
Then it was off to the Camp's feeding platform for the 1400 feeding.  Orang-utans cannot swim and are frightened of water so we were fortunate they turned up in numbers despite the rain.  There were 15 to 20 - wonderful animals; so many around us that it was difficult to remember that they are very rare and can be seen only in Borneo and Sumatra.  On the way to the platform we had been accosted by Princess and her son Percy - we recognized them from the 1990s film but now Putri, Percy's sister had been added to the family.  Princess is still a star.  Seeing Mags's water bottle on the bench beside me, she reached out for it, whipped off the screw top and poured water into her mouth, all in one fluid movement. 
Barry leading the field
It's lunch time and Barry leads the way!
Swinging in for lunchHere I come
Swinging in.  A young male arrives.
Princess, son Percy and daughterI may be getting on a bit but I'm still an orang-utan
Princess, son Percy (no looker as yet) and baby daughter Putri featured high amongst our orang-utan acquaintances.
Heh that's my water
Heh that's my water!
Tome the current king
This is Tom the current king of the jungle (alpha male).  A fully fledged male has enlarged cheeks and throat.  Tom is a fine specimen.
Now it was back to the boat getting a good look at some macaques on the way.  Going down river again we saw proboscis monkeys, a lone orang-utan and we "chased" a kingfisher in the speedboat.  A truly memorable day.
High in the trees some proboscis monkeysQuite a special face
Proboscis monkeys high in the trees.
We were astonished by the number of motor boats buzzing back and forth to Kumai carrying motor bikes.  Indeed these were motor bike ferries taking people to the palm oil works.
A motor-bike ferry
As we came up river and neared the town of Kumai there was an amazing shrieking of birds at various points along the banks.  Later we discovered that these were swallows and they built their nests in special buildings where these nests were harvested for export as a delicacy.  No wonder the swallows were making such a noise.  Yet another nest to build.
A swallow's nest construction factory!
We had a couple more days at anchor. waiting for our friends to return from their over-night expedition, while we prepared for the 600 mile passage to Nongsa Point marina on the island of Batam, within sight of Singapore.  We sailed on 10th October.