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BORNEO

Saturday 11th April - Sunday 26th April 2015

Chris Kehoe

Large Frogmouth (Mike Galtry)

Large Frogmouth (Mike Galtry)

Our recent tour to Borneo produced an outstanding selection of Bornean and Sundaic endemics plus a host of other choice birds and mammals. After an afternoon near Kota Kinabalu, where we enjoyed fine views of a pair of Malaysian Plovers and several open country species we wouldn’t see again, we set off into the highlands for almost a week. This endemic rich area gave us a numerous highlights including the famous Whitehead’s trio - Trogon, Broadbill and Spiderhunter - plus the likes of Fruithunter, Bornean Green Magpie, Mountain and Bornean Barbets, Bornean Leafbird, Mountain Wren Babbler, Bornean Stubtail, both Red-breasted and Crimson-headed Partridges, Bornean Forktail, Mountain Blackeye and Blue-banded Pitta. The riverine forest of the Lower Kinabatangan area produced a whole new set of birds such as several Storm’s Storks, White-fronted Falconets, Wallace’s Hawk Eagles, Bat Hawks, White-crowned and Rhinoceros Hornbills (two of eight species of hornbill seen on the tour), Hooded Pitta, numerous Proboscis Monkeys and our first Orang-utans. The remainder of the tour was spent at two fabulous lowland forest reserves, Tabin and the legendary Danum Valley. Amongst a wealth of other species notable finds were Bornean Bristleheads, ‘Bornean’ Crested Firebacks, Blue-headed and Black-crowned Pittas, Bornean Wren-Babbler, Helmeted Hornbills, Buffy Fish Owls and both Large and Gould’s Frogmouths. Mammals in this area included several Leopard Cats, Flying Squirrels, a Colugo and some very obliging Bornean Gibbons. Apart from a few sharp showers we enjoyed fine weather during the tour and the logistics all ran very smoothly.

Proboscis Monkey (Chris Kehoe)

Proboscis Monkey (Chris Kehoe)