by Lye Tuck-Po
A former logging road, now reclaimed by gibbons (438 m asl).
Secondary forests are important for gibbon reproduction, if food plants remain & the canopy is unbroken. We (Batek and I) found many food species & gibbon & other animal traces here. Pahang, Malaysia, 26/1/20.
I'm thinking of this and other gibbon landscapes. Leaving for fieldwork again. The students are on their mid-semester break, so I have a bit of time on this trip. Have been calling and WhatsApping Batek friends, making arrangements for pick up and drop off. Meanwhile, I'm thinking of field kit...
Part of a packing list, November 2023
I drew up this packing list last month. Yes, kettle. Batek brought pots and pans so I contributed the kettle. After I reached the field, I remembered one thing that I had forgotten — my plate. That's what my mind is like. But that was all right — Batek had spare plates.
A Zoom H5 "Handy Recorder"
This is one of my most precious bits of field kit. The H5 is now superseded by the H6, but I'm not sure that I need to upgrade. At the time (January 2020) I was using a monopod to capture gibbon songs (for stability to keep vibrations away, and also you can just drive it into the ground) but I think I'll use a tripod this time.
This is the most precious bit of kit: my 2" x 4" Kokuyo field notebook. I usually carry about 3 or 4 of these to the field (on a short trip). The hard cover does a good job of protecting from rainfall. The small size may be difficult for those with large handwriting.
I suppose the camera (I use a Nikon D750) is also my most precious bit of kit, or rather it's second. I notice that Nikon has discontinued the D750, so it should be quite affordable for those who want to get into full frame cameras.
TP with Batek friends, November 2023