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TIMOR-LESTE (Oecusse Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
THE END OF THE ROAD

We then set out for the drive back to Pante Macassar, the entire day comprising only a round-trip of some 50-60 km but taking a long time due to the quality of the mountain roads.

On the way we took a photograph of the team, plus Sr. Bautista, the forest guard, with the two Troopies and the flags of Timor-Leste and the Explorers Club of New York.

 

The team and our Troopies with the Timor-Leste and the Explorers Club flags,
Indonesian West Timor in the background

As we drove back towards Pante Macassar Katie, who was riding in the front passenger seat of my Troopie, spotted a spider on the windshield. It was a tiny crab spider, obviously picked up when we drove through some vegetation, else it had ballooned onto the vehicle on a silk-line. Either way, I was keen to photograph it when we got back so I asked her to capture it. Crab spiders sit in the centre of flower-heads and capture insects alighting on the blooms.

Crab spider shot 3.5 life size
with a Canon MP-E 65 mm macro lens


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