Friday, 9 April 2010

"GEKKO! We've got GEKKO!!" Life on Maldives pt.3

On the penultimate evening here I went Gecko hunting. Gecko are Lizards, whom in some SE Asian Cultures are believed to bring Good Luck, Fortune and fertility. I have sought out these creatures as I find them fascinating to watch, incomprehensible at times but a sure means to control pests, as can be seen as this little fella is eying up Dinner in front of him... The Gecko here are tiny, perhaps around 3 inches in length but move fast and have a high vocal call...
This call is usually prevalent towards dusk and into the early evening, when these usually nocturnal creatures emerge -alertly- into the artificial light and feed on the insects drawn to the light. Gecko in the Maldives are usually to be found on the sides of buildings, seemingly defying gravity. As mentioned this is the first time I've really noticed these cute little critters and on previous visits I saw them virtually everywhere, on occasion within peoples homes. Now, they seem content to being outside...
This more or less wraps up the adventure in the Maldives for 2010. Unfortunately I must report that the opportunity to photograph a Fruit Bat may have passed but I will attempt before I leave to see if I can get something on record. Some more postings to come over the weekend...

1 comment:

james said...

Glad you managed to capture some gecko action. I'll keep my fongers crossed for some bats now!