Words & Images by Connie Khoo
Is fascinating to see how fast this pair is searching a new place for new nest when their eggs are eaten up by monitor lizard on 17/7/10. I was told by one of the farmers that he tried to stop the lizard but was too late.
Still this pair went back to their looking for the eggs. Female sat on top of the nest giving signal to male to mate her. After mating both swam further away from the nest. I waited for them (2 hours) to locate a new nest. They swam away from the old nest. Both started to call to each other loudly. Finally one started to pick up some nesting materials and hang them on a tiny vine hanging down the lake. After watching them swimming to and fro to build the new nest, I went home for my afternoon rest.
Later in the evening, I went back to check and was surprised they changed to another location. It was windy and I saw they did the ‘job’ in such a hurried manner. I decided to stay until 7.30pm. I felt very sorry for them and cannot help them at all.
The next evening, I went back to check their 2nd new nest. Surprisingly, it was quiet and nothing was added. I went back to their old nest and more surprised to see female sitting back on top of the nest. She quickly covered the nest and I saw an egg in it. Very very surprised and this could indicate both have no time to build another new nest. Mating is still going on during their incubation period.
This morning a dog tried to go near the nest and the female had no time to covered up. I chased the dog away. Finally I saw 2 eggs and pray the dog will not destroy the nest.