We had a very late start on the third day. Morpho Falls was so beautiful that none of us wanted to leave. All three species of morpho butterfly - white, brown and blue - continued to fly high above us toward the falls. We toyed with the idea of staying another day, but the thought of the weather changing and us getting trapped by high water made the decision for us. As it was, we never broke camp till 11:00am.
Ed did some more collecting around the falls. The pool at the base of the falls was full of fish life, and the edges of the pool supported some interesting shrimps and crabs. The puddles of water around the camp were filled with tadpoles and eggs. The roar of the falls blanked out any bird calls and prevented us from recording bird songs. But the beautiful violet sabre-wing hummingbird was a constant companion during these first few days.
...the beautiful violet sabre wing hummingbird was a constant companion....
The day was filled with pushing and pulling the kayaks through rapids after rapids. The Sibun was still quite small here, so the rapids that we were able to shoot without dragging were few and far between. Much of the river was often covered by thick bush. We often had to machete a path through the bush while lowering through rapids at the same time. Due to the heavily loaded and top heavy kayaks, more than once we would tip the kayaks over while attempting a ride through a set of rapids. The helmets and life jackets where a necessity.