Angus and I revisited the area we went to on 20 June, and this time we managed to get into freshwater swamp forest and eventually, kerangas heath forest.
A subadult Grey-headed Fish-eagle, showing the relatively long neck and small head of this species compared to Lesser.
After a couple of kilometers walking through a huge burnt area, we entered the freshwater swamp forest where the going underfoot was wet but firm. The tannin-loaded water flows over whitish sand, a beautiful rich mahogany colour.
Once we got into kerangas, birds became more numerous, with Rufous-tailed Shama being one of the best birds. There were some interesting insects too, including this blue and red stick insect. This is obviously a popular colour combination in these parts (reminding me of the spider I saw on the first day).
When we got into a small burnt area of kerangas I came across a small fruiting fig with a few birds in it, one of which was this Brown-backed Flowerpecker, which was a long-awaited lifer. I concealed myself near the tree and waited for it to return for over an hour, and, although it did so, it never came out into the open.
Poor photos of a Cream-vented Bulbul.These mostly have red eyes in Borneo, making them a challenge to distinguish from Red-eyed. Note the blood red eye and dark brown upperparts. The underparts are noticeably paler than Red-eyed, and they don’t seem quite so heavily built.
On our way back through the burnt area I took a close look at some of the many mammal tracks along the track – Leopard Cat, Sambar, Bearded Pig, and this: