Saturday, 18 April 2009

I have a pair of binoculars in my rucksack.

They haven't been used yet.

Today would have been a perfect opportunity to have used them.

Today we went on a Dolphin Tour. We were on the hunt for a dozen or so Errawaddy Dolphins in the Mekong River. We knew before we set out that our chances of seeing them would be slim.

But we got very lucky.

We got off our boat and sat on a small island of rocks. We sat, and we waited very patiently and very quietly.

After about twenty minutes we caught our first glimpse.

They were about 300metres away but you could make out the fins and flippers.

The four of us (including Chris and Hannah) desperately waited with poised cameras that we had to hold so still so that we could use the zoom as best we could.

After a fair while of dolphin spotting and sightings no one managed to get a photo. We just ended up with lots of pictures of river.

It was a shame we didn't get to see them up close. Errawaddy Dolphins donĂ½ have a nose. Just a round bulbous head, so it would have been very cool to see them close up.

We sat about an hour watching them come up and down and playing in the water. We gave up on taking photos after a while and decided to enjioy it.

They came quite close at one point. Well, i say quite close, about a hundred meters away which was definitely cool as we saw the tail fins splash.

Binoculars would have been good today.

After the dolphins we went to see the biggest waterfall in South East Asia (by volume). I can't remember it's name, but it was very big and very powerful. Pretty incredible really.

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