This beautiful shrub (perhaps Medinella species, family Melastomataceae) with lots of edible berries can be seen almost everywhere in the park.
After an early breakfast at the Visitor Centre (a 10 min-walk from where we stayed), with a map in hands we were on the mountain trails - covering at least 4 to 5 km in about 3 hours. Perhaps we were a bit early, there were rather few critters out there to welcome us. But, we truly enjoyed the serenity and the coolness of the high mountain forest.
A bird flew off rather hastily and suddenly, a few metres in front of me. When I took a closer look, I found a bird nest with two eggs in a soil burrow.
Along another forest trail along a river, two small and birds were seen hopping in the undergrowth of the forest. Wild mushrooms and fungi growing on fallen tree trunks covered with mosses or lichens were rather abundant along the forest trails.
The markings of this rather small lycaenid look like The Malayan (Megisba malaya) which landed on Yong's pant for me to take a few shots.
The only "Ring" butterflies I could find is the Common Tree Ring (Ypthima pandocus) which could be seen quite abundantly at the meadow and forest fringes. This is a shot of its upperside in the late afternoon. An Euploea species was playing hide-and-seek with us. Though it was puddling on the cement ground, it was very unfriendly to our presence. This is my best record shot from far.
Once again, Victor, Yong and I chose to explore the forest trail (the dotted line in the map below) which is less known and less-travelled according to our tour guide.
This female Plane (Bindahar phocides) was shot along the coastal area leading to the forest trail. The trail is not easy for the general public - climbing over fallen tree trunks, long and steep slopes would make you think twice of going forward. Before going up to the hilltop, there was this flowering tree that attracted quite a number of Jamides philatus - a very common species on the island. In my next update of this blog, I will feature quite a number of butterflies spotted at the Mari Mari Cultural Village.