29) This was a clean-up trip to the Highlands of Sarawak for CY Wong and Vivi, meanwhile we took the opportunity to spend one night in Brunei since the Garnet Pitta, Large Frogmouth & Reddish Scops Owl are very promissing..lucky enough we managed to clean up those key species in the Highlands which includes the Dulit & Bornean Frogmouth, Hose's Broadbill and Bornean Banded Pitta..Other common species like Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Leafbird, Golden-naped Barbet, Bornean Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Whitehead's Spiderhunter, Bornean Spiderhunter, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush were captured in camera as usual..In Brunei the Garnet Pitta, Large Frogmouth & Reddish Scops Owl also very cooperative...(Images sharing by Vivi)
Bornean Banded Pitta
Jambu Fruit Dove
Reddish Scops Owl
A very tame Hose's Langur in Brunei..
The Blue-banded Pitta photographed by Vivi at Borneo Highlands in year 2015
28) Ricky Joe has never seen any of the Pitta and Frogmouth before and he loves owl very much. We have only 5 days available during his travelling period so we planned a trip to Brunei and Kelabit Highlands for those species..lucky enough we managed to photograph the Blue-banded Pitta, Bornean Banded Pitta and Garnet Pitta, also the 2 biggest Frogmouths ~ the Dulit and the Large, and saw the Reddish Scops Owl and Brown Hawk Owl..other good species includes photographed the Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Blue-eared Kingfisher & etc..(Images sharing by Ricky Joe)
Reddish Scops Owl
27) Ever since the first half day birding trip in Kuching in year 2012, Brian and Lyn love Borneo very much, they made 2nd trip in year 2013 and visited Sabah for 10 days, in year 2015 we had our 3rd trip to Northern part of Sarawak for some specialties. In year 2016 they had ground trip to Danum Valley Borneo Rainforest Lodge for Pittas but the local bird guide didn't manage to get any of the Pittas for them.
Brian and Lyn returned to Sarawak for Pitcher Plants this year, meanwhile we try to clean up some of the elusive birds, lucky enough we had a good start and managed to get the Bornean Banded Pitta into cameras. Both of them were excited with this 4th Pitta in Borneo after the Black-crowned, Hooded and Garnet Pitta, after enjoyed the Pitta we headed off to our next destination and picked up Dusky Broadbill along the way.
During the stay at Kelabit Highlands we picked up the N.chaniana, N.hurreliana, N.tentaculata and N.fusca, also we enjoyed some of the good birds which we have seen in year 2015 includes the Bornean Bulbul, Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Leafbird, Mountain Serpent Eagle, Whitehead's Spiderhunter, Bornean Swiftlet, Bornean Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Bornean Treepie, Chestnut-crested Yuhina and some resident birds like Orange-breasted Trogon, Blyth's Hawk Eagle and etc..
After 2 nights stay we headed to Miri and picked up few species of Pitcher plants which includes N.mirabilis var.echinostoma, N.bicalcarata, N.glacilis, N.mirabilis, N.rafflesiana, N.ampullaria, and also some of the hybrid species includes N.mirabilis var.echinostoma x rafflesiana and N.gracilis x bicalcarata.
After one night stay at Miri we headed to another village in the Highlands, our main reason here is because of the Pitcher plants and also the Hose's Broadbill, lucky enough we managed to get the Broadbill and Brian was happy to have it in camera. Later we went for Pitcher plants and picked up the N.vietchii, N.vogelii and N.reinwardtiana..
After this successful trip in the Highlands we headed to Kuching for our final target bird, the Blue-banded Pitta, again we were lucky to have it posting on a big log for few minutes and also we added Jambu Fruit Dove, Scarlet-breasted Flower & Buff-banded Rail into the list. In the mean time we also had our final unique pitcher plant ~ N.northiana which is native to a small limestone hills near Kuching. (Images sharing by Brian)
Waiting for the Bornean Banded Pitta
First shot of Bornean Banded Pitta by Brian but out of focus
Better shot by Brian
Better angle and shot by Lyn
Hose's Broadbill by Brian
Another shot of Hose's Broadbill
First shot of Blue-banded Pitta under poor lighting
Better view of Blue-banded Pitta
Male Jumbu Fruit Dove
Female Jambu Fruit Dove
Black-crowned Pitta by Brian in year 2013
Hooded Pitta in year 2013
26) Another successful Borneo extension trip for Birdquest, last year we added 04 lifers for Birdquest ~ the Black Oriole, Dulit Frogmouth, Bornean Frogmouth and Grey-breasted Babbler. As for this year we added 01 more lifer for Birdquest ~ the Hook-billed Bulbul which we missed during the trip last year.
During this trip we all had very good view of Hose's Broadbill, Bornean Frogmouth, Dulit Frogmouth, Black Oriole, Hook-billed Bulbul and Grey-breasted Babbler. Apart from these few key species we also had excellent view of Bornean Banded Pitta, Blue-banded Pitta, Mountain Serpent Eagle, Bornean Barbet and Black-throated Wren-babbler which they missed during the main tour in Sabah. Other good species includes Mountain Barbet, Bornean Bulbul, Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Leafbird, Bare-headed Laughingthrush, Rufous-tailed Jungle Flycathcher, Eyebrowed Wren-babbler, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Hill Blue Flycatcher and Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker. The trip will be more successful if we managed to get the Rail Babbler and Reddish Scops owl, they were so closed but not lucky enough to have a view..
(Tour report by Birdquest : http://www.birdquest-tours.com/pdfs/report/BORNEO%20REP%2017-0-.pdf)
25) What a wonderful trip for Mr Chai Mu Chi and friends, he just got his 6000 species in Mexico then continue his 3rd birding trip to Borneo for Sarawak specialties, we cleaned up most of his wanted species and managed to get the Black Oriole, Hose's Broadbill, Bornean and Dulit Frogmouth. Other lifers for him includes the Blue-banded Pitta, Mountain Serpent Eagle, Whitehead's Spiderhunter, Rail Babbler, Hook-billed Bulbul, Eye-browed Wren Babbler, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker & etc..
Other good species includes Mountain Barbet, Bornean Bulbul, Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Leafbird & etc.. (Images copy right @ Ms Hu Wen Hua)
Malaysian Rail Babbler
24) A little bit surprised bird photography trip for Uncle Raymond x 4 persons, this was his 4th visit to Kuching ever since year 2009, he brought his friends along and attempted to photograph the Blue-banded Pitta as 2 years ago he only managed to get few shots but not sharp enough.
This time the Pitta was calling next to us but unfortunately it was too shy to the cameras..however the Malaysian Rail Babbler was a big surprised to everyone and 5 White-crowned Hornbills were flying around the forest edge, 2 were very kind enough to show off on open branches for everyone. Other than these the Bornean Frogmouth, pair of Bornean Blue Flycatcher and Bornean Banded Kingfisher were shots the Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Green Broadbill were the highlighted species during the trip especially a moment of Bornean Banded Kingfisher disturbed by a Spectacled Spiderhunter was caught in the cameras.
Malaysian Rail Babbler
Bornean Banded Kingfisher+Spectacled Spiderhunter
23) Very successful clean-up photography trip for Gnanam, first day we arrived Kinabalu Park in the late morning but surprisingly the birds were still active, a pair of Whitehead's Trogon mixed flock with Sunda Laughingthrush, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush and Bornean Whistler. Later we heard the Whitehead's Spiderhunter calls and photographed it feeding on a flowering plant, and sooner we managed to photograph the Mountain Black-eye, Golden-naped Barbet, Sunda Bush Warbler, Temminck's Sunbird, Yellow-breasted Warbler, Indigo Flycatcher, Little Pied Flycatcher and very exciting record, we photographed the Bornean Green Magpie caught the Bornean Flying frog and fed the young.
2nd day we were lucky to encounter a pair of Grey-breasted Babbler foraging and a single Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker feeding on a fruiting tree, later we managed to photograph Purple-throated Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker and Scarlet-backed Sunbird.
3rd day our target was the Black Oriole, without failed we saw a pair and meanwhile we managed to photograph a few lifers ~ the Finsch's Bulbul, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-tailed Shama, Checker-throated Woodpecker, Whiskered Tree Swift, Bornean Bulbul, Rufous Woodpecker and Chestnut-crested Yuhina. Evening a big surprise that a female Bornean Frogmouth was responded to call.
4th day we drove to higher elevation and lucky to photograph the elusive Rail Babbler, and also some life's ~ Yellow-crowmed Barbet, Little Cuckoo Dove, Little Green Pigeon, and saw the Wallace's Hawk Eagle, Created Serpent Eagle, Greater Coucal, Lesser Coucal, Wreathed Hornbill, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Red-bearded Bee Eater and etc..
5th day. Another surprised for us as we managed to photograph the Bornean Banded Pitta and almost the Blue-banded Pitta, it's aimed in the camera but moved away before Gnanam pressed the shuttle. Another two more life's for Gnanam were the Rufous Woodpecker and Yellow-eared Spiderhunter.
6th day Today, we finally photographed the Blue-banded Pitta, it emerged behind a fallen log for few second but Gnanam managed to get few shots.
(Images sharing by Gnanam)
Bornean Green Magpie
A Borneo Flying Frog Rhacophorus borneensis caught by Bornean Green Magpie
Malaysian Rail Babbler
21) Sabah Photography trip for Mr Lu GuoXin x 5A
Some images sharing by the group:
Whitehead's Trogon (Male)
Whitehead's Trogon (Female)
11) Jan and Arjan
A very successful trip for hunting the rare and uncommon species for Jan and Arjan. The mission was searching the Black Oriole, Hose's Broadbill, Borneo Frogmouth, Bornean Banded Pitta, Blue-Banded Pitta, Pygmy Ibon, Grey-breasted Babbler, Hook-billed Bulbul and Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker in 3 days 3 nights at 2 different locations. To complete all of these species with the limited timing was really challenged, without the hardwork and plentiful of luck it's unlikely to cover all of them.
In the beginning of tour we were welcoming by a single Blue-Banded Pitta, it's singing down on the road side and within 5 minutes we saw it's hopping on the forest floor.
We continue journey to the campsite, without failed a pair of Black Oriole and a single Bornean Frogmouth were sighted as usual.
The next day morning we target for the Bornean Banded Pitta and Hose's Broadbill, this was really a stress day as we tried a few sites for Hose's Broadbill but see nothing, the Bornean Banded Pitta was calling in the beginning but later it kept quite.
After lunch we decided to try the Hose's Broadbill again, without rest and a lot of hard work we finally saw one individual and it sat on the tree branch for at least 1 minute.
The last day before we left for the next destination the Bornean Banded Pitta finally appeared and allow us to have good view.
On the last day before we rush to BKI Airport, the Grey-breasted Babbler and Hook-billed Bulbul were sighted as usual but we missed the Scarlet -breasted Flowerpecker due to the limited of time. Anyway, the trip was consider very successful as we managed to cover all of the rare and hard to find endemic species in a very short time flame.
10) Alphine tour ~ Ken-san
Another successful trip for hunting the rare and uncommon species for Alphine tour Ken-san x 6A. The mission was searching for the trio Whitehead's, Black Oriole, Hose's Broadbill, Borneo Frogmouth, Dulit Frogmouth, Bornean Banded Pitta, Blue-Banded Pitta, Pygmy Ibon, Grey-breasted Babbler, Hook-billed Bulbul and Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker in 8 days 8 nights at 4 different locations.
For the first day the result was really graceful, even though with dizzying morning we were rewarding by a pair of Jambu Fruit Dove and few Red-crowned Barbets on a fruiting tree. The rain stop in the late morning then birds activities getting busy, a pair of Grey-breasted Babbler were foraging in the lower storey and a single Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker was feeding on a fruiting tree. Later a pair of Hook-billed Bulbul also singing and allow us to have a good view. At the end of the trip, we were rewarding by a roosting Western Tarsier. Other good sighting includes Rufous Woodpecker, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot,
After lunch we continue journey to Paya Maga. Alone the way we get a glimpse of Hose's Broadbill flew over the logging road, but we were lucky to get the Bornean Frogmouth before dinner.
The next day morning we aim for the Blue-Banded Pitta, in 30 min time it showed closely to everyone. We continue journey and alone the way we were rewarding by a singing Collared Owlet, a Bornean Barbet, a preening Mountain Barbet, a pair of Rhinoceres Hornbill, Helmeted Hornbill and 02 groups of Wreathed Hornbill. Weather was bad in the afternoon but a pair of Black Oriole showed closely to us during a shot period of good weather.
One the third day early morning 3 Hose's Broadbill were flying across the logging road into the forest, later 1 individual emerged and allow us to have full view. As usual, endemic species like Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Leafbird, Mountain Barbet, Bornean Barbet, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Pygmy Ibon, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Bornean Treepie were commonly found. Other good sighting includes Green Broadbill, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Hill Blue-flycatcher, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Red-throated Barbet, Bushy-creasted Hornbill, Cinereous Bulbul, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Crested Jay.
4th day morning we saw Fuffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Straw-headed Bulbul, continue journey to Bakalalan. along the way we picked up Ruddy Cuckoo Dove, Black-&-Crimson Oriole, Everett's White-eye, Temminck's Sunbird and Scarlet Minivet. Upon arrival at Bakalalan, Dulit Frogmouth was sighted as usual.
5th day morning we were birding at higher elevations and sighted those endemic species like Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Bornean Spiderhunter, Bornean Bulbul and Bornean Leafbird, Bornean Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Bornean Forktail, Checker-throated Woodpecker,
Bornean Frogmouth was sighted again during in the evening.
6th morning a single juvenile Bare-headed Laughingthrush was calling around, a fruiting tree with Golden-naped Barbet, Mountain Barbet and Red-throated Barbet, Black-&-crimson Oriole also came for the fruits. Banded Woodpecker, 2 Whitehead's Broadbill flew across the logging road, Bornean Banded Pitta calling down on the hill.
7th Morning Everett's Thrush, Whitehead’s Trogon, Whitehead's Broadbill, Bornean Green Magpie, Bornean Whistle, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Bornean Stubtail, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush
8th Morning Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher, Pale-faced Bulbul, Mountain Wren-babbler, Crimson-headed Partridge, Red-breasted Partridge, Orange-headed Thrush, Bornean Whistling Thrush, Bornean Forktail, Bare-headed Laughingthrush,
9) Very successful trip for Borneo extension for Mr Teet (Avifauna) x 4 adults, Andrew Siani had guided them for 2 weeks from Kinabalu Park to Sukau, Sepilok and Danum Valley, they sighted and heard more than 300 species of birds. We started from a Peat Swamp Forest early in the morning and a pair of Grey-breasted Babbler were responded to the call but kept silent and hoping in the bushes, soon the Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker was calling on the tree top, while observing the Flowerpecker through the scop a single Hook-billed Bulbul was calling and everyone had a fantastic view eventually.
Other good sighting includes the White-bellied Woodpecker, Grey-&-buff Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Red-crowned Barbet, Raffles's Malkoha, Black-capped Babbler and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
We continue journey to Paya Maga, it was raining while we were trekking up to the camp site but stop in the mid way, birds were active after rain, a fig tree is fruiting where giving us a chance to get the Hose's Broadbill. Along the way to camp site we had great sighting for Bornean Barbet, Bornean Bulbul, Pygmy Ibon, Gold-whiskered Barbet and not forgot the target species ~ Black Oriole.
Before dinner, a single Bornean Frogmouth was calling and everyone had a fantastic view while it perched only 6 meters away on an open tree branch.
The next day we continue to get our target birds ~ the Bornean Leafbird and Blue-Banded Pitta. Without failed, a pair of Borneo Leafbird were foraging on the tree canopy and a the Blue-banded Pitta also very corporative and sit on a liana which was only 10 meters away.
After lunch we continue journey to Bakalalan. A single Dulit Frogmouth was sighted during dust and it was perching almost eye level ~ the final target species for the entire trip.
The next day morning we just have a casual birding around the village and Whitehead's Spiderhunter were active on the flowering tree, 2 pairs of Whitehead's Broadbill seem like in the breeding mood, other endemic includes Golden-naped Barbet, Mountain Barbet, Bornean Barbet, Bornean Stubtail, Bornean Forktail, Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Treepie, Bornean Flowerpecker, Bornean Wren-babbler, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, and also heard the Crimson-headed Partridge, Red-breasted Partridge, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush calling. Other good sighting includes the Dark Hawk Cuckoo, Golden-bellied Gerygone and heard Eyebrowed Wren-babbler call, this made the list up to 320 species which includes 46 endemic. (Sighted 44 and heard 2)
Dark Hawk Cuckoo
8) A half day Kubah birding trip for Alastair, the weather for the 1st 2 hours was dizzying and misty but still we managed to get 21 species for the next 3 hours, some good sighting includes Rufous Piculet, Blue-winged Leafbird, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Crested Jay, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker, Bornean Banded Kingfisher and the Bornean Blue Flycatcher.
7) A 12 days 11 nights Sabah birding trip for a group of Taiwanese birders x 10 persons which was organised by Endemic Guide ~ www.endemicguides.com, the owner Mr Lee Kok Chung handled the first 8 days from Tambunan, Kinabalu Park, Poring to Kinabatangan River, with his undoubtedly skills in finding birds he managed to get 173 species for the group which includes some exciting endemic species like Crimson-headed Partridge, Red-breasted Partridge, Mountain Serpant Eagle, Whitehead's Trogon, Mountain Barbet, Bornean Stubtail, Mountain Wren-babbler, Everett's Thrush, Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Leafbird, Short-tailed Green Magpie, Bare-headed Laughingthrush, Bornean Forktail, Black-headed Pitta, Bornean Banded Kingfisher and notably the Bornean Bristlehead.
The remain 4 days was handled by me at Sepilok and we managed to find the remain target birds which includes the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Indian Cuckoo, Raffles's Malkoha, Red-billed Malkoha, Brown Hawk Owl, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Diard's Trogon, White-bellied Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Buff-necked Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Grey-&-buff Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Large Wood-Shrike, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Fiery Minivet, Puff-backed Bulbul, Black-capped Babbler, Chestnut-rumped Babbler, Fuffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Bold-striped Tit-Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Copper-throated Sunbird, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Yellow-eared Spiderhunter, Spectacled Spiderhunter and etc, the additional of 40 species at Sepilok make the list total at 213 species at the end of the trip.
6) A half day Kubah bird photography trip for Dr.Cesar and his wife, they extended this trip to photo their target birds and they were lucky to get the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Red-naped Trogon, Diard's Trogon, Indian Cuckoo, Malaysian Hawk Cuckoo, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and unexpected rare endemic ~ the Bornean Ground Babbler.
5) A very successful 4 days 4 nights bird and frog photography trip for Dr.Ronald and friends x 6A in Kubah, Semenggoh and Borneo Highlands. We photoed 46 species of birds which includes the endemic species ~ Dusky Munia, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, Bornean Brown Barbet, Bornean Black Magpie, Bornean Frogmouth, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Pygmy White-eye and Mountain Serpant Eagle.
Other attractive species includes: Black-thighed Falconet, Blyth's Hawk Eagle, Little Green Pigeon, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Black-bellied Malkoha, Raffles's Malkoha, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Red-throated Barbet, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Black-&-yellow Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Green Broadbill, Scarlet Minivet, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dark-throated Oriole, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Cinereous Bulbul, Verditer Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Temminck's Sunbird, Yellow-eared Spiderhunter, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Little Spiderhunter, Thick-billed Spiderhunter & etc..
As for frog 12 species which includes Lowland Litter Frog, Spotted Stream Frog, Wallace's Flying Frog, Bornean Horned Frog, Red-legged Tree Frog & etc
4) A half day Kubah birding trip for Dr.Vijaya, despite with the very wet weather we still managed to get 21 species, some good sighting includes Indian Cuckoo, Raffles's Malkoha, Banded Broadbill, Maroon Woodpecker, Horsfield's Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Crested Jay, Blue-winged Leafbird, Red-naped Trogon
Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher and etc..
3) A half day Kubah birding trip for Dominic and wife, despite with the wet weather we still managed to get 31 species, some good sighting includes
Little Green Pigeon, Violet Cuckoo, Banded Broadbill, Rufous Piculet, Rufous Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Horsfield's Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Bornean Black Magpie, Blue-winged Leafbird, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Spotted Fantailand Chestnut-naped Forktail.
2) The first birding group for year 2016, Mdm Gillian Liu and family x 10A1C visited Kuching for 10 days and did a 5 days birding trip to Semenggoh, Borneo Highlands and Kubah. Most of the bird species were active and responsive. They sighted more than 150 species of birds which includes some uncommon and hard to get species, notably the Bornean Frogmouth, Bornean Banded Kingfisher, Reddish Scop Owl, Pygmy Ibon and Bornean Barbet. Other good sighting includes Blyth's Hawk Eagle, Black-thighed Falconet, Malaysian Hawk Cuckoo, Red-billed Malkoha, Black-bellied Malkoha, Buffy Fish Owl, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Red-naped Trogon, Diard's Trogon, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, White-crowned Hornbill, Red-crowned Barbet, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Red-throated Barbet, Olive-backed Woodpecker, Rufous Piculet, Banded Broadbill, Green Broadbill, Hooded Pitta, Bornean Black Magpie, Creasted Jay, Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Cinereous Bulbul, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Horsfield's Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Everett's White-eye, Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and etc..
1) Another successful bird photography trip for Mr Matsumura Nobuo, Mr Yamamoto Masahiko & Mr Komori Hisao, their main target species for this trip were Hook-billed Bulbul, Black Oriole, Blue-banded Pitta, Bornean Banded Pitta, Trio Whitehead’s and Dulit Frogmouth. We began our trip from Kota Kinabalu early in the morning and drove to a Peat Swamp Forest for Hook-billed Bulbul. After 20 minutes walk we heard a pair of them singing and chasing each other, this allowed us to get a good shot for our first target species. Other notable species for them included Black-throated Babbler and Red-crowned Barbet.
We continue journey to Lawas and transferred by 4WD to Paya Maga drop off point, overnight stay at based camp. Bornean Frogmouth was captured as usual during the night time as this is the most commonest frogmouth found in sub-montane forest throughout Sarawak state.
The next day morning we ascent to another campsite for Black Oriole, without failed a single bird was calling next to the campsite even though it’s drizzling. Our main target bird Blue-banded Pitta was quite and Bornean Banded Pitta was too shy to show off but Pygmy Ibon, Bornean Leafbird, Bornean Bulbul, Hose’s Broadbill were sighted along the way to the campsite. Notably a Bornean Frogmouth was nesting nearby the campsite, this probably the first record shot of this Frogmouth in nest.
The second day morning we descend to based camp and spent longer time for Blue-banded Pitta. With a bit of luck, Mr Matsumura managed to get a good shot but with a distance.
Before we depart for next destination, we decided to photo the Blue-banded Pitta again. This time we were lucky and it flew by in front of us and landed on a big rock which was only 7-8 meters away. It made a few calls then hopped to a liana and post for us to get better shots. With great satisfaction we left to next destination for another main target species ~ the Dulit frogmouth.
Upon arrival after a long drive, we heading straight to the nearby forest before dust and without failed a single Dulit Frogmouth post for us for great shots. We end the trip earlier with a nice dinner and went to bed with smiling face.
The next day morning before we took a flight back to Lawas, we drove to a montane forest and within 2 hours everyone was happy with their shots of Whitehead’s Broadbill, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Bornean Barbet and Mountain Barbet. Notably a Bulwer’s Pheasant was calling on the road side but very sad we were rushing for our flight. After a short flight we drove back to Sabah and continue journey to Kinabalu Park for our last target species ~ The Whitehead’s trogon.
As usual Bornean Treepie, Bornean Whistler, Chestnut-hooded Laughing Thrush, Bornean Whistling Thrush, Bornean Flowerpecker, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Pale-faced Bulbul, Mountain Black eye and Golden-naped Barbet were commonly found in Kinabalu Park but with great luck a pair of Whitehead’s Trogon were foraging and perched within 10 meters away from us which allowed everyone to get full view and great shots. Before heading to Kota Kinabalu airport, we were rewarding by a group of Bare-headed Laughing Thrush.