Expedition Update: Chief Leader
I have been travelling with this group for five days and the enthusiasm is infectious. After a long day of surveys the rather dubious evening campfire singing is often disrupted by shouts of “gecko” as someone spots a reptile and people jump up grabbing nets to try to catch him. If they are successful the gecko is weighed, measured and a full description written including site caught at before it is released again. After this everyone picks up the singing again. It is just a pity no one seems to know any song all the way through!
Tomorrow I will rejoin the exploring group who have been laying camera traps along the full length of the wadi and at the same time leaving water for the science group in the more remote parts of the wadi. This is hard strenuous work in hot humid conditions but the success of the science is highly dependent on these young people. We are all hot, tired, but happy with the success we have achieved so far.