So my time in Australia was coming to an end, having spent nearly 9 months work free, it was time to go on a few side trips. When you are all the way across the world and opportunities come up you simply have to take them. We were incredibly lucky to receive an invitation, from our adopted Australian family, to spend some time at their villa in Bali. We jumped at the chance and flew out to meet them at the beginning of July.
Bali really isn't a wildlife destination, it is much more of a cultural centre but I enjoyed myself immensely. The people were fantastic, and their unique take on Hinduism blew me away. The colours, sights and smells were simply on a different level, quite different to the Hinduism I had experienced in India.
As this is a wildlife blog, I will be posting the wildlife images I did manage to capture whilst I was there, but at a later stage I might just add a cultural post too!
First off ... monkeys, Crab-eating Macaques in fact! These cheeky little fellows live around the island but are easiest to see at the monkey temples across the island. Perhaps the best known of these is in the cultural centre of Ubud, this is where I spent the morning photographing these fascinating primates.
As I am sure you can imagine it was easy to get carried away and fill up a memory in no time. For me though, it wasn't the best place to photograph, being a major tourist destination means the monkeys are not the only primates around and it is always the people that cause the problems. With the both the heat and the crowds building it was time to call time and leave these amazing monkeys to their day.
Birdlife is rather scarce on the island except in the mountainous forests that still cover the west of the island but there is other wildlife ... primarily creepy crawlies and insects galore.
Bali is also home to a great variety of reptiles but as some of them are wanted for traditional Asian medicines and others are considered pests they are not too keen on allowing people particularly close. This Tokay, a giant species of gecko was one of the few obliging reptilian subjects I could find.
And finally ... with time running out on our adventures, I leave you with an incredible sunrise taken on a visit to Bali's fabulous coast.