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BORNEO

Friday 20th June - Saturday 5th July 2014

Chris Kehoe

The stunning Blue-banded Pitta (Ian Lewis)

The stunning Blue-banded Pitta (Ian Lewis)

This year’s tour to Borneo produced a bonanza of top class birds. In the uplands of the Crocker Range and Kinabalu Park we found an excellent selection of the local specialities with particular highlights including all three endemic Barbets, a family group of Whitehead's Trogons, a superb pair of Fruithunters, a friendly Friendly Warbler and both Red-breasted and Crimson-headed Partridges, though pride of place went to a very obliging pair of Whitehead's Broadbills that lingered long enough for scope views and were subsequently voted the bird of the trip. At the Kinabatangan River we enjoyed multiple encounters with Storm's Storks while Wrinkled and White-crowned Hornbills were just two of seven hornbill species found in this rich area. Especially welcome here though were a group of Bornean Bristleheads that showed particularly well. In the lowland rainforests of Tabin and Danum Valley we found all of the endemic Pittas with great views of Blue-banded and Blue-headed a particular treat. Nocturnal forays gave us a superb Barred Eagle Owl, one of five owl species encountered that included the rarely seen and taxonomically interesting Collared Owlet at Kinabalu Park. Added to that were a fine selection of mammals such as Bornean Orang-utans, Proboscis Monkeys, three species of Flying Squirrels, several Civets, daytime Binturongs in a fruiting tree, Bornean Pygmy Elephants and a fantastic Leopard Cat. The weather was favourable throughout and all in all it was a most memorable and enjoyable tour.

The rare Storm's Stork (Ian Lewis)

The rare Storm's Stork (Ian Lewis)