We very quickly saw beyond the growth along the beach, sand flying up at various points. These were the Maleo birds digging their nests in the sand. We saw several walking around. A bird about the size of a small turkey, and of the general appearance of a Guinea hen. Black back, a rather thin neck, tuft on the head and lighter breast. They were very shy and disappeared as we approached. David and I got a few distant shots which did not amount to much.
All around were sand holes where they had been digging. Anne came running towards me and said that she and Marian had been within 40 ft. of some digging nests. We did not obtain any good photos, and finally left to take Hugo, who had appeared out of nowhere, further down the beach to a better site to start his climb.
We then went in the launch to a small island and explored it in the hot sun, finding innumerable shells, etc. We finally returned at 12:30 and all had a swim in the decidedly warm water. This was the first time I had been in.
Rested most of the afternoon. Daan went off in the launch to shoot pigeons and got one. Ted and Fant went off all day in the other launch to sound a shoal near here for chart information.
Hugo returned well after dark with the head of a 20 ft. python. He and two natives found it lying in some water about 300 meters up on the mountain. They attacked and killed it with a bolo and bamboo spears.
I took a flash light of the large head with the mouth open.
David agreed to have one more try at photographing Maleo birds tomorrow so turned in early in preparation for a start before daylight.