Great Hornbill in Langkawi
It has been a long quest, from the rain forest of Borneo to the oldest forest of the world in Malaysia, but eventually I've made it!
I managed to spot 5 exemplars of Great Hornbills on top of a tree just a few meters away from me, in Langkawi Island. While the island is still covered in jungle, it is not pristine as other national parks, so I wasn't expecting it to happen here. But when hope was starting to fade out, eventually this huge mythological bird showed up!
And once in a while I have to be proud of myself and in particular of my persistence. Because of the very bad haze, all outdoor activities were forbidden for 2 days by the Malaysian authorities, so that all of our plans had to change.
Despite this I decided to climb the highest peak of the island (Not a big deal at 880 meters) on my own, Oti wanted to stay home, she didn't feel like inhaling the harmful gases to have no visibility and view whatsoever.
After hitchhiking to the start of the trail, I started to climb the 4200 steps to the top. It took me 1 hour 20 minutes instead of the 2 hours 15 minutes suggested, despite I had to do 5 stops and I took it easy. I climbed with my Totobobo mask to filter the pollutant, but it's not the easiest task to hike with an anti-pollution mask, since the body needs more oxygen, while the mask is limiting its intake. So I had to slow down and take regular stops to breath more deeply.
It was 94% umidity, and my...