Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Poring Hot Springs - Sepilok

Spent four hours at Poring Hot Springs doing some easy birding this morning and racked up plenty of new birds for the trip as this was the first time we’d birded the lowlands. Upon arrival we walked along the road and saw plenty of endemic Dusky Munias, followed by Asian Red-eyed Bulbul, followed by a Buff-rumped Woodpecker that flew into the palm tree next to us and began feeding. 

Buff-rumped Woodpecker

Walking into the forest we were treated to a migrant Narcissus Flycatcher, along with Yellow-bellied Warbler, Black-naped Monarch, Red-throated Sunbird, Raffles’s Malkoha, Greater Green Leafbird, Green Iora, Purple-naped Spiderhunter (formerly sunbird) and found a Gold-whiskered Barbet excavating a nest hole, followed by the bizarre sighting of a pair of endemic White-crowned Shamas feeding an almost fully grown Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo

Gold-whiskered Barbet

Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo

White-crowned Shama

Further along we saw Spectacled and Black-headed Bulbuls, White-bellied Erpornis, Little Spiderhunter, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker and Plain Sunbird. Walking back down to the parking lot an Emerald Dove flew by, a Buff-necked Woodpecker appeared, followed by a fine Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher and an adult Malaysian Hawk-Cuckoo

Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher

Then we followed the Waterfall Trail a short distance and found it very quiet in the rising heat of the day, although there was a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Olive-winged Bulbul, a pair of Red-throated Barbets showed briefly, a Rufous-tailed Tailorbird was called in, a Grey-headed Babbler was seen by two people and a Crimson Sunbird was spotted beside the path. We also scoped a Blue-eared Barbet singing away at the top of a tall tree and this is now split by HBW as Black-eared Barbet and endemic to Borneo.

After a mundane drive of around 4 hours through depressing oil palm plantations we arrived at our lodge at Sepilok at 4pm. After dropping our bags in our rooms we met in the car park and walked around the surprisingly lush vicinity. 

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker

An endemic Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker and the common Brown-throated Sunbird showed well in the garden. We scoped a distant Dollarbird and Long-tailed Parakeet, with a closer Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker seen before returning for a nice hot shower.

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