Two months away from Don Chao Poo Forest can seem like a very long time. Returning, we find some things have changed while others remain more or less as they were.
The rainy season has got started now so low-level vegetation is flourishing. On the other hand, some of the taller, older trees are losing small branches, and occasionally there is an explosion and a bigger branch comes crashing down. Unsurprisingly, this creates a brief uproar and panic amongst the monkeys.
Some monkeys well-known to us seem to have disappeared but we are hoping that as usual they will reappear before too long. In the meantime, more infants have been born and there are still some new pregnancies visible.
Here are a few photos from our first few days back in Don Chao Poo Forest:
Twins are not easy to move around …
… but they can be easier to manage sitting still. Not for long, though.
The monitor lizards that live in the hole you can see at the bottom of the next photo come out to sun themselves early in the morning. And to get a bit amorous, it seems.
Two bee colonies have been established since we left. They are both in locations identical to two that we saw two years ago.