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BORNEO

Thursday 1st September - Thursday 15th September 2016

Chris Kehoe

Bornean Bristlehead (Chris Kehoe)

Bornean Bristlehead (Chris Kehoe)

Excellent views of Bornean Bristleheads at the wonderful Danum Valley were an obvious highlight of our recent tour to Borneo but not far behind in popularity were the prolonged close views of the likes of Bornean Banded and Blue-headed Pittas, fabulous encounters with Rhinoceros, Helmeted and White-crowned Hornbills (plus a further five hornbill species) the Whitehead’s trio at Kinabalu Park - the stunning Trogon showing particularly well – along with many other upland endemics, not least the gorgeous Fruithunters. All three Bornean endemic Wren-babblers showed well too, along with a host of other high quality species, from Storm’s Storks, Malaysian Plover and Chinese Egret at the coast and lowland wetlands to Bornean and Mountain Barbets in the cool highlands and Crested Firebacks, Black-crowned Pittas and Wrinkled Hornbills in the steamy lowland jungles. It was a great tour for woodpeckers with 13 species seen, ranging from the diminutive Rufous Piculet to the immense Great Slaty Woodpecker. Nightbird highlights included a fabulous Large Frogmouth, a nesting Blyth’s Frogmouth and several Buffy Fish Owls. Mammals very were impressive too with numerous Proboscis Monkeys, several Colugos, a Sunda Slow Loris, several flying squirrels, a family of Bornean Gibbons and a large herd of Bornean Pygmy Elephants, though a couple of very obliging and much appreciated Bornean Orang-utans topped the bill.

Fruithunter (Chris Kehoe)

Fruithunter (Chris Kehoe)