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NANCURO, MANATUTO DIST., TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VII: NANCURO DAY 1

The reason we had visited the southern coast was to spend two days herping in the Nancuro coastal forest of southern Manatuto District. We had based ourselves, as in 2011, at the Convent of St. Antonio d'Lisboa just across the Manufahi district boundary in Fatucahi. From here it was a short road drive to back to the T-junction where the Manatuto road had joined the southern coastal road, although the T-junction was actually a cross-roads because a less obvious road continued south to the Nancuro forest.

The Troopies at the Convent Convent of St. Antonio d'Lisboa

This road was through new rice-paddies and then a vast area of grass much higher than our Troopies, before crossing several bridges and entering the forest. Our progress was eventually stopped, as previously, by a tree-fall, one of several we would pass as we walked the remainer of the trail to the beach itself.

Through high grass Across ricketty bridges
To be stopped by treefalls The Nancuro beach