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bird's nests collectors on rattan ladder - gua madai - madai cave (borneo)

Ida'an people collecting edible bird's nests in the Madai Cave (Borneo).­

Swiftlet's nests are praised by Chinese people who use them to prepare bird's nest soup.­ The sale of those nests is the main source of revenue for the nearby village of Madai.­

The bird's nests are harvested from the highest part of the cave (up to 50m high), using bamboo and rattan ladders and ropes.­ The bird's nest collectors use no harness and no safety equipment.­

View my other photos of the Madai Cave.

bamboo ladder
bird's nest
caving
gua madai
ida'an
idahan
long exposure
madai caves
natural cave
rattan ladder
ropes
spelunking
August 15, 2011
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