This comprised a night each at Kinabalu Park HQ, Mesilau (above) and Poring, followed by 2 nights at Sepilok for the Festival. Things were a bit rushed, and it wasn’t a full-on birding trip, but I met some great people and saw a few birds along the way!
Indigo Flycatcher is a characteristic species of the mountain.
The jagged skyline of the eastern ridge above Mesilau makes an imposing backdrop to the forest there.
Mountain Treeshrews were common at Mesilau. We were also surprised to find Spotted Giant Flying Squirrel there, at over 1900m.
Bornean Whistling-thrush is Mesilau’s speciality species, being much commoner there than at the Park HQ.
Poring was quiet, but this young male Diard’s Trogon gave good views.
As did a couple of Horsfield’s Babblers.
This Rhinoceros Beetle was the centre of atttention at the restaurant where we had dinner at Poring.
A pair of Blyth’s Hawk-eagles were on view briefly.
At Sepilok Nature Resort, a fruiting fig proved popular with Blue-eared Barbets.
From the number of juvs around it seems to have been a good breeding season.
There were numbers of juvenile Buff-vented Bulbuls around as well.
A few hours on the Canopy Walkway at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in the morning is always time well spent. These are Green Imperial-pigeons.
And a fly-by White-bellied Woodpecker, with its un-woodpecker-like level flight, appearing very crow-like.
This Brown Barbet was obviously still feeding young. The spiderwebs in the background add an unusual element to this photo.
Even in the rain the Bristlehead Tower was a good place to be, with eye-level views of Fiery Minivets. This is the male.
And the female – much easier to identify than the male!
A miserable-looking Black-and-yellow Broadbill after a heavy shower.
A pair of Black Hornbills put on a good show from the walkway.
Best of all, I finally broke my run of bad luck with Bristleheads at RDC – a case of third time lucky!
Three birds spent a leisurely hour feeding above us in some tall trees along the Ridge Trail on my last morning.
Bristlehead twitch! News quickly got around and the crowd soon began to build up!
That’s a pretty distincive head profile!
My attempt at a flight shot was stymied by an intervening tree! Nevertheless, this was the perfect ending to a great few days.
My thanks to Sabah Tourism, the Borneo Bird Club and all the hardworking folks at RDC for making BBF 2013 another memorable and enjoyable event. I hope to be back next year!