Monday, 10 March 2014

Danaum Valley continued….

Another full day in the amazing Danum Valley, with more new birds and much more excellent food consumed than is entirely healthy for a single person! An early breakfast at 6am was had and then we were out all morning until 11.30am walking the trails in search of Blue-headed Pitta. Well we never saw the pitta but heard it at the same section of trail as yesterday. But plenty of goodies came our way with a personal favourite being the Chestnut-necklaced Partridge that ran across the trail in front of us twice. 

Striped Wren-babbler

The same area also held Striped Wren-babbler, Black-throated Wren-babbler, Black-capped Babbler and a Rufous-tailed Shama flew in right in front of us. Further along a huge fruiting tree held our first Bornean Gibbon, plus a close Banded Broadbill, Spotted Fantail, Fluffy-backed Tit-babbler, Grey-headed Babbler, Brown Fulvetta and a male Large-billed Blue Flycatcher. David yet again spotted a male Banded Kingfisher sitting quietly in the canopy above us, and we had further views of Chestnut-rumped Babbler as well.

Rufous-tailed Shama

Moving to another trail a Dusky Broadbill showed very well, a White-chested Babbler was bathing in a stream, and a White-crowned Forktail appeared briefly, plus a Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker was seen as we approached the lodge.

Dusky Broadbill

In the afternoon we spent quite some time staking out the Blue-headed Pitta which just called back at us. So we gave up and visited the canopy walkway where a Yellow-eared Spiderhunter was the best find. But walking back a pair of Chestnut-naped Forktails appeared, and that was pretty much our lot this afternoon.

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