Today's mission was working with Guy van Rentergem, an engineer from Belgium. He is the project cartographer and videographer among other things. Today he needed to locate some of the pit entrance up on the hill above Simud Hitam and I agreed to go along and take pictures and help out as I could.
We headed up top to see what was what. The hill is pretty darn steep, but there are trails and in a number of places wooden ladders and rope handlines. The trails are well-maintained because the bird nests are so valuable that there are guards at every entrance year round.
Near the top of the hill were the entrances we were interested in. They dropped into both the entrance passage and the bit pit in Simud Hitam. The views were spectacular, with the giant open air pit and the swiftlets flying around and small waterfalls. World class beautiful. Very hard to photograph with the sun hitting some spots and deep shade in others. But I did what I could.
I'm going to break this into two posts so as not to make any one post too huge. I'll end with a random pic.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist