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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shimoni East Colobus Census Part 2

Yesterday we tackled transects 1, 2 and 3 plus the two parallel routes that fell between them. there was some tricky travelling, navigating through dense undergrowth with a compass (GPS coverage is not strong enough to rely upon here!) and trying to keep five separate groups in step with each other by counting paces... 21,000 paces for each group!

Today was the second half, covering transects 4, 5 and 6 and all the parallel routes in between. Unfortunately we ran out f people to hit transect 6 and 100m route beyond, so there will be a day 3 ahead of us. But we had more sightings today, with 9 groups of colobus! Also 9 groups of sykes monkeys, but no baboons. Today's cameo appearances (or casual observations!) were provided by multiple suni (tiny forest antelope... a pet cat could bring these down!) four Zanj elephant shrews, red-capped robin chats, sunbirds and black kites. Having so many eyes in the forest at one time is awesome!