Monday, 3 March 2014

Kinabatangan Continued….

A delayed start today due to a torrential downpour, so kicked off our boat ride an hour late but still managed to see the Colugo again, along with a fine male Malaysian Blue Flycatcher and Bold-striped Tit-babbler before the weather cleared significantly to start. 

Colugo or Flying Lemur

We followed the main river for a while before heading into a couple of narrower side channels and new birds were soon flowing with Striated Heron, Jerdon’s Baza, a White-bellied Woodpecker reacting strongly to a Crested Serpent-eagle, Great Slaty Woodpecker, the endemic Bornean Black Magpie, and a fine Crimson Sunbird.

This White-bellied Woodpecker was obviously not a raptor fan!

A large fruiting tree held 4 Orang-utans and we watched in amazement as one tried to shake the branch a Reticulated Python was curled around sleeping. 

Black Hornbill

We also saw another Bat Hawk, Wrinkled and Black Hornbills, and had prolonged close views of a Blue-eared Kingfisher, whilst Black-and-red Broadbills became increasingly common.

Black-and-red Broadbill

Blue-eared Kingfisher

After lunch and a siesta we set off once more along the river and although it was a little quieter due to the threat of rain we had a nice view of a Lesser Fish-eagle tussling with a dark-morph Changeable Hawk-eagle

Lesser Fish-eagle

A couple of White-bellied Sea-eagles were present, a few Whiskered Terns flew by, a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot was actually perched up on a bare branch, and some Blue-throated Bee-eaters allowed a close approach.

Blue-throated Bee-eaters

Non-avian addition was a Sunda Silvered Langur, but we enjoyed further views of Proboscis Monkeys.

Proboscis Monkey

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