Wednesday 16 September 2015

Birding in Borneo VII

Day 3  Kinabalu Park - II

a stunning view from the entrance of Mt Kinabalu climbing trails
Osman took us to the entrance of the mountain trail to look for the Bornean Swiftlet, which are endemic to Borneo and believed to be only around the northern mountain area. We enjoyed the view but had no luck for the swiftlet.

You have to book in advance to enter the summit trail and be with a licensed guide inside the gate. Due to the big earthquake in June 2015, some parts of the trail are still closed and one of them will reopen in December 2015.

The bird we hadn't expected to see so closely was resting (or waiting for its prey?) in a tree when we were walking back on the path.

a magnificent Blyth's Hawk-eagle
 I thought it was a wasps' nest or something stuck to the tree;)

 Look at these sharp long talons!!!
He/she was staying there long enough for us to set up our scope and we had a great view of him/her through it. I could have stayed there all day watching him/her!

Only some trees away from the hawk-eagle, a Mountain Imperial Pigeon was sitting in a tree.
The pigeon is rather bulky but it looked tiny compared with the hawk-eagle!
Unfortunately, she didn't turn her head towards us...

After breakfast, it started raining rather heavily so we were stuck in our room for a couple of hours but all wasn't bad as these pretty birds paid a visit to our window:)

Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush

 a very colourful bird with the orange beak, eye-rings and legs and its unmistakeable chestnut head!

They are very social birds, always travelling among the trees with lots of friends:)

When we set out on our birding again later on, I didn't manage to get much of a chance to take photos of birds.
Some beautiful butterflies instead:)

and a Giant Forest Ant (nearly 2cm!)

Sighting List: Crimson -headed Partridge, Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Ruddy Cuckoo-dove, Little Cuckoo-dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Glossy Swiftlet, Golden-naped Barbet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Bornean Whistler, Ashy Drongo, Bornean Green Magpie, Bornean Treepie, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Ochraceous Bulbul, Yellow-breasted Warbler, Sunda Bush Warbler, Mountain Wren-babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Temminsk's Babbler, Sunda Laughingthrush, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush, Blyth's Shrike-babbler, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Black-capped White-eye, White-browed Shortwing, Bornean Whistling Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Indigo Flycatcher, White-throated Fantail, Bornean (Black-sided) Flowerpecker, Bornean Forktail
Red-breasted Partridge (heard)

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