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Borneo with Dion Hobcroft Tour Report

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Oriental Bay Owl by Participant Hamilton Lund
Our tour to Sabah was a fantastic success. We recorded more than 230 species of birds and 30 plus mammals. We arrived into Kota Kinabalu (KK) and quickly transferred on a flight to Lahad Datu. All arrangements worked smoothly and we were soon on our way for the three hour drive into Danum Valley (DV). The drive in was highlighted by superb views of a very responsive pair of Black and Yellow Broadbills. Settling in to the wonderful accommodations we were soon out in the primary lowland jungle and had a fantastic encounter with a female Orang-utan on our first walk whilst on our first night drive we saw our only Colugo of the trip.

The next morning was magic. First up we encountered another female Orang-utan followed by a stunning male Banded Kingfisher, Next up a male Blue-headed Pitta popped up onto a vine closely followed by a pair of Diard's Trogons followed almost immediately by a cracking male Red-naped Trogon. Things were about to get a whole lot more exciting as we had an unforgettable encounter with a male Great Argus on the display ground. What could happen to top this was an enormous male Orang-utan swinging on a vine snatching handfuls of decaying timber from a stump and demonstrating who was the boss. With all of these spectacular encounters the momentum continued when the ultra elusive Chestnut-collared Partridge looped around us whilst a Great-billed Heron was well received as we scoped it in the midday heat from our rooms.

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Mt Kinabalu Bukit Ular Trail
We arranged a three hour night drive and were not overly optimistic with the full moon conditions but again it proved to be a good choice. Initially a bit quiet we soon picked up both Thomas's and Red Giant Flying Squirrel. Next up came the attractively patterned Malay Civet followed by a great view of both Brown Wood Owl and the endearing Sunda Slow Loris with a Leopard Cat our next major spot.

Next morning back out in the jungle we went for a hike along the main road with a succession of new birds making it onto the list with highlights including perched Rhinoceros Hornbill, the dapper Striped Wren-Babbler, the luminous Black and Crimson Pitta and Van Hasselt's Sunbird whilst a small snake the Red-sided Keelback provided some harmless entertainment. We lost the afternoon to an enormous thunderstorm but fortunately managed to stay dry with our conservative wanderings around the lodge area.

Our final morning at Danum proved to be another productive hike with yet another male Great Argus stealing the limelight whilst a host of lesser known birds ranging from Horsfield's and Black-capped Babbler, Rufous-chested and Bornean Blue Flycatcher to White-crowned Forktail and Maroon and Buff-necked Woodpecker seeing the list continue to develop at a healthy rate. It was however time to move along and we proceeded to Sukau on the Kinabatangan River (KR).

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Bornean Elephant Kinabatangan River by Hamilton Lund
Here we commenced birding by boat exploring the jungle by slowly navigating through channels and lagoons being constantly impressed by the diversity of life in this rich region. Large birds were a feature and we enjoyed great experiences with Storm's Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Wrinkled Hornbill, Buffy Fish-Owl, Bat Hawk, Blyth's Hawk-Eagle, Lesser and Grey-headed Fish-Eagle whilst in the forest interior we seeked out such gems as Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Hooded Pitta and the scarce Ruddy Kingfisher. One morning was highlighted by an enormous Saltwater Crocodile approaching nearly four metres in length whilst one incredible night boat trip produced views of Oriental Bay Owl at arms length and the elusive Flat-headed Cat. Bornean Gibbon was finally seen after having been heard on a daily basis but perhaps the major highlight was a lovely encounter with a small herd of Bornean Elephants including several tuskers and a mum with a tiny calf. Just great to see this.

An interesting day unfolded as we explored the Gomantong Caves (GC). Not for the squeamish as we explored the cave interior home to cockroaches, crabs, false centipedes, millions of bats, tonnes of guano and some rather desperate humans who make a living collecting swiftlet nests. The main attraction for us was to see Black-nest, Edible-nest and Mossy-nest Swiftlets right on their said nests. A pleasant walk in the forest area surrounding the caves turned up a bunch of birds ranging from Black and Red Broadbill to Drongo Cuckoo and yet another Bat Hawk.

In the afternoon we explored the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) near Sandakan. It was quite a bird fest despite the afternoon conditions and we picked up such megas as Red-bearded Bee-eater, Fairy Bluebird and a host of scarcer species ranging from Brown-backed Flowerpecker to Spectacled Spiderhunter and Puff-backed Bulbul. The highlight had to be a territorial stoush between two male White-bellied Woodpeckers. In the evening we participated on a night time forest walk in the Sepilok Reserve. Some sharp spotting produced a view of the gem-like Rufous-backed Kingfisher, several Wagler's Pit-Vipers and the spectacular gecko known as Cyrtodactylus consobrinus.

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Buffy Fish Owl by Hamilton Lund
Our final four days were spent exploring the montane rainforests of Mount Kinabalu (MK) and Tambunan (T). This was a treat as new birds came thick and fast. On our first full day we enjoyed considerable success with sighting some of the notoriously difficult endemics present here with a cracking male Whitehead's Trogon, a covey of Red-breasted Partridge and a shy Everett's Thrush. Our next full day we ascended the main summit trail to 2200 metres above sea-level and picked up such goodies as a great pair of Bornean Stubtails and the high altitude specialty known as the Mountain Black-eye. Other great birds included Orange-backed and Checker-throated Woodpecker, Bornean Forktail, Eye-browed Jungle Flycatcher and for Dion his lifer Tawny-breasted Parrot-Finch. In between were a profusion of orchids and pitcher plants as local guide Adrian demonstrated his enormous botanical knowledge.

Our last morning was spent exploring Tambunan. We picked up a bunch of hill forest endemics including Bornean Bulbul, Bornean Leafbird, Mountain Barbet, Mountain Serpent-Eagle and some other attractive species like Black and Crimson Oriole. Sadly our time had come to a close yet we all agreed it had been a wonderful trip.

I would like to thank local guides Paul, Haswan and Adrian for their wonderful efforts and participants Kay, Adrian and Hamilton for their good humour, patience and persistence in the field. It was great to have Janene on the trip and a big thank you for organisational efforts that made the trip not only possible but wonderful.

by Dion Hobcroft July 4 2010 guiding for FTB


BIRDS

Red-breasted Partridge: (2) on 2 Jul at MK gave a good view if you could decipher them through the undergrowth.
Chestnut-necklaced Partridge: (1) gave a great view in response to playback on the morning of the 25 Jun at DV. Also heard at KR.
Crimson-headed Partridge: Heard only at MK.
Great Argus: (1) male gave an incredible performance at his display stage allowing us to approach to within 5 metres whilst he called and preened totally unconcerned on the morning of 25 Jun at DV. We enjoyed another incredible encounter with a different male at DV on 27 Jun. Also heard at KR and GC.

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Great Argus by Participant Hamilton Lund
Lesser Whistling-Duck: (3) in a rice padi en route to MK o n 1 Jul.

Storm's Stork: (4) on KR on 28 Jun thermalling.
Lesser Adjutant: (2) on both 28-29 Jun probably the same pair on both days.

Great-billed Heron: (1) on 25 Jun at DV gave a great scope view in the middle of the day.
Grey Heron: (1) KK Airport on 24 Jun.
Purple Heron: (1-5) seen on 5 days at KR and KK.
Great Egret: (2-10) seen on 5 days being especially common on KR.
Little Egret: (1) seen in Sandakan on 1 Jul.
Pacific Reef-Egret: (2) dark morph seen in flight at KK.
Cinnamon Bittern: (1) on a small pond in a palm oil plantation near Sukau on 27 Jun gave a great scope view with another seen in flight at a freshwater wetland in KK on 2 Jul.

Oriental Darter: (1-10) seen on six days at DV, KR and KK.

White-fronted Falconet: (2) on drive into DV on 24 Jun with a great close perched view of (1) at GC on 30 Jun.

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Black Hornbill by Hamilton Lund
Jerdon's Baza: (2) on 28 Jun at KR.
Bat Hawk: (1) watched eating a bat on the wing at dusk on KR on 29 Jun with a good scope view of (1) perched at GC on 30 Jun.
Brahminy Kite: (1-3) on KR and (1) near KK on 1 Jul.
Black-shouldered Kite: (1) seen on 27 Jun.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle: (1-3) on 28-29 Jun on KR with (1) RDC on 30 Jun.
Lesser Fish-Eagle: (1-2) adults on KR on 28-29 Jun.
Grey-headed Fish-Eagle: (1) possibly the same bird on KR on 28-29 Jun.
Crested Serpent-Eagle: (1-3) at DV including one spotlit sleeping at night on 25 Jun; (2-5) seen on KR.
Mountain Serpent-Eagle: (2) seen at T on 4 Jul gave flight views.
Crested Goshawk: (1) female at KR on 28 Jun and (1) male on 30 Jun.
Black Eagle: (1) adult at GC on 30 Jun.
Changeable Hawk-Eagle: (2) pale and dark morph flying together DV on 24 Jun and (1) pale morph seen on KR on 29 Jun.
Wallace's Hawk-Eagle: Two good perched scope views on morning of 26 Jun at DV.
Blyth's Hawk-Eagle: (3) including a calling juvenile on KR on 28 Jun with (1) same location on 29 Jun.
(1) seen very well twice at T on 4 Jul.
Black-backed Swamphen: (2) at freshwater marsh in KK on 1 Jul.
White-breasted Waterhen: (1-2) seen on three dates at KR, KK and T.

Rock Pigeon: (2) seen by Adrian in Lahad Datu on 27 Jun.
Little Cuckoo-Dove: (1-10) seen on three days at MK and T.
Spotted Dove: (2-10) seen on three days.
Emerald Dove: (1-2) seen on four dates at DV, KR and GC.
Zebra Dove: (2) in KK on 1 Jul.
Little Green-Pigeon: (2-5) on 28-29 Jun on KR.
Green Imperial-Pigeon: (2) DV on 24 Jun and (1) on 26 Jun with (10-20) daily at KR.
Mountain Imperial-Pigeon: (2) at MK on 2 Jul gave a good perched view.

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Striped Wren-babbler by Hamilton Lund
Blue-rumped Parrot: (2) in flight on 24 and 26 Jun at DV.
Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot: (1-5) seen on four dates at DV, KR and RDC.
Long-tailed Parakeet: Heard only on KR.

Moustached Hawk-Cuckoo: (1) adult at restaurant at DV on 24 Jun being mobbed by Pacific Swallows.
Sunda Cuckoo: Heard only at MK on 3 Jul.
Plaintive Cuckoo: (1) on 24 Jun at DV; heard on a further five dates.
Little Bronze-Cuckoo: (1) male on 24 Jun at DV.
Drongo Cuckoo: (1) seen well on two occasions on 24 Jun at DV and (1) seen well at GC on 30 Jun.
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha: (1-2) seen on four dates at DV and KR.
Raffle's Malkoha: (1-2) seen on 4 dates at KR and DV.
Greater Coucal: (2) on 26 Jun at DV and (1) 27 Jun at KR. Heard on a further three dates.
Lesser Coucal: (1-2) on 28-29 Jun on KR with (1) at freshwater marsh in KK on 1 Jul.

Oriental Bay Owl: Incredible views of two adults at night on 28 Jun on KR with a rasping hungry juvenile heard nearby.

Buffy Fish-Owl: (2-4) spotlit on 28-29 Jun on KR.
Brown Wood Owl: (1) spotlit on 25 Jun at DV giving a great view and another seen well at KR at night on 28 Jun.
Glossy Swiftlet: (5-100) recorded on eight days including views on the nest in the hotel at MK and GC.
Bornean Swiftlet: (10) at the Timophon Gate at MK were considered to be this species showing a pale greyish green gloss to the mantle in good light. To be absolutely certain best to see them on the nest.
Mossy-nest Swiftlet: (10) on nests at GC on 30 Jun.
Black-nest Swiftlet: (100) on nests at GC on 30 Jun.
Edible-nest Swiftlet: (1) on a nest at GC on 30 Jun.
Silver-rumped Needletail: (5) on 24-26 Jun at DV with (2) RDC on 30 Jun.
Grey-rumped Treeswift: (2) on 1 Jul and 4 Jul in hill forest at MK.

Diard's Trogon: Heard on 24 Jun at DV with a male and female seen very well on morning of 25 Jun.
Red-naped Trogon: (1) male gave a mega view on morning of 25 Jun at DV.
Whitehead's Trogon: (1) male on 2 Jul and (1) male with (2) females on 3 Jul at MK gave outstanding views of this scarce endemic. The female was observed eating a large cicada.
Scarlet-rumped Trogon: (1) male on both 28-29 Jun on KR.

Blue-eared Kingfisher: (1) seen by Dion on morning of 25 Jun at DV with (2-4) on 28-29 Jun at KR.
Rufous-backed Kingfisher: (2) at DV on morning of 27 Jun gave good scope views with (1) found at night in Sepilok on 30 Jun.
Stork-billed Kingfisher: (1-4) seen on 6 dates at DV and KR.
Banded Kingfisher: (1) male gave a superb scope view on morning of 25 Jun at DV.
Ruddy Kingfisher: Hamilton and Dion were lucky enough to find (1) on the KR on 28 Jun.
Collared Kingfisher: (2) on 27-30 Jun at KR and GC.
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Female Orang-utan by Hamilton Lund
Dollarbird: (2-4) on 28-29 Jun at KR.

Blue-throated Bee-eater: (2-10) seen on seven dates at DV and KR.
Red-bearded Bee-eater: (1) female gave a good scope view at RDC on 30 Jun.

Bushy-crested Hornbill: (2-10) seen on six dates in DV and KR.
White-crowned Hornbill: Heard on 28-29 Jun at KR.
Wrinkled Hornbill: (2) on 28 Jun at KR with (1) on 29 Jun.
Asian Black Hornbill: (1-6) seen on six dates at DV, KR, GC and RDC.
Oriental Pied Hornbill: Common at KR.
Rhinoceros Hornbill: (1-2) seen on 4 dates at DV and KR.
Wreathed Hornbill: (4) seen on 26 Jun at DV.

Gold-whiskered Barbet: Heard on 24-26 Jun at DV.
Red-throated Barbet: Heard on 24-26 Jun at DV.
Mountain Barbet: (3) at T gave some good scope views of this localised endemic.
Golden-naped Barbet: (1-2) seen on three days at MK and T.
Blue-eared Barbet: Heard at DV, KR and RDC.
Yellow-crowned Barbet: (1) gave a good view on 24 Jun at DV.
Brown Barbet: (2) gave a good scope view at GC on 30 Jun.

Rufous Piculet: (1) on morning of 25 Jun at DV and (1) on 30 Jun at GC.
Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker: (1) on 24 Jun at DV.
Grey and Buff Woodpecker: (1) at RDC on 30 Jun.
Buff-rumped Woodpecker: (2) on morning of 25 Jun at DV with (2) on 30 Jun at GC.
Buff-necked Woodpecker: (2) on 27 Jun at DV and (2) on 30 Jun at RDC.
Great Slaty Woodpecker: (2) at KR on 28 Jun gave good perched views for some and flight views for all.
White-bellied Woodpecker: (1) on 27 Jun at KR and (2) males having a territorial fight in spectacular fashion at RDC on 30 Jun.
Checker-throated Woodpecker: (1-2) gave some good views on 1-2 Jul at MK.
Maroon Woodpecker: (1) female gave a great view at DV on 27 Jun.
Orange-backed Woodpecker: Spectacular views of (1) male with (2) females on 2-3 Jul at MK.
Crimson-winged Woodpecker: (1) at GC on 30 Jun.

Black and Yellow Broadbill: (2) gave a mega view on 24 Jun at DV. Heard on a further seven days.
Black and Red Broadbill: (2) on 28-29 Jun at KR with (2) at GC and RDC on 30 Jun.
Banded Broadbill: Heard on morning of 26 Jun at DV.
Green Broadbill: (1) female in the scope on 26-27 Jun at DV.
Whitehead's Broadbill: Heard at MK on 2 Jul.

Blue-headed Pitta: (1) stunning male responded to playback and gave great views on 25 Jun at DV.
Black and Crimson Pitta: (2) seen on morning of 26 Jun at DV; (1) KR on 28 Jun and (1) GC on 30 Jun.
Hooded Pitta: (1-2) seen on 28-29 Jun at KR.

White-browed Shrike-Babbler: (2) on three days at MK and T.
White-bellied Erpornis: (1) in a mixed flock on 25 Jun at DV and (1) in a mixed flock at MK on 3 Jul.

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Female Whitehead's Trogon by Hamilton Lund
Golden-bellied Gerygone: Heard only at DV and T.

Bornean Whistler: (1-4) seen on three days at MK and heard at T.

Sunda Cuckoo-shrike: (1) on 2 Jul at MK.
Lesser Cuckoo-shrike: (1) male at MK on 2 Jul.
Fiery Minivet: (1) male gave a distant perched view at KR on 28 Jun.
Grey-chinned Minivet: (2-5) seen on three days at MK and T.

Black and Crimson Oriole: (2) at T on 4 Jul.

Large Woodshrike: (1) on 24 Jun (4) on 26 Jun at DV.
Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike: (1) at GC on 30 Jun.
Maroon-breasted Philentoma: (2) in a mixed flock at DV on 26 Jun.

Common Iora: (1-4) seen on three days at KR and KK.
Green Iora: (1) in a mixed flock at DV on 26 Jun.

Pied Fantail: (2-4) on eight days of the tour: a common bird of secondary habitats in the lowlands. White-throated Fantail: (2-4) on four days at MK and T.
Spotted Fantail: (1-2) at DV on two days.

Black-naped Monarch: (1-2) seen on three days at DV, GC (a male incubating on a nest) and RDC.
Asian Paradise Flycatcher: Single white morph males seen on three days at DV.

Ashy Drongo: (1-4) seen on four days at MK and T.
Bronzed Drongo: (1) seen on drive into DV on 24 Jun.
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo: (2) at RDC on 30 Jun.
Hair-crested Drongo: (1-3) seen on two days at MK.

Slender-billed Crow: (5-10) on four dates at KR and GC and heard daily at DV.
Short-tailed Green Magpie: (2) seen well at MK on 3 Jul.
Bornean Black Magpie: (2) at DV on 26 Jun, (1) KR on 29 Jun and (2) RDC on 30 Jun.
Bornean Treepie: (2-4) seen on three days at MK and heard at T.
Crested Jay: Heard only at DV on 25 Jun.

Plain Sunbird: (1-3) seen on seven days at DV,KR, GC and RDC.
Brown-throated Sunbird: (1) male in gardens at KR on 27 Jun.
Ruby-cheeked Sunbird: (2) KR on 28 Jun attending spiderwebs and (2) GC on 30 Jun.
Van Hasselt's Sunbird: (1) stunning male at DV on 26 Jun.
Olive-backed Sunbird: (2) at T on 4 Jul.
Crimson Sunbird: (1) male at KR on 29 Jun.
Temminck's Sunbird: (1) male MK on 3 Jul and (1) male at T on 4 Jul.
Purple-naped Sunbird: (2) in the forest interior at KR on 29 Jun.
Little Spiderhunter: (2-4) seen on five days at DV, KR, GC and RDC.
Thick-billed Spiderhunter: (1) on 29 Jun at KR in the hotel garden.
Spectacled Spiderhunter: (4) chasing each other around a flowering tree at RDC on 30 Jun gave great scope views.
Whitehead's Spiderhunter: (1) gave a poor flight view on 4 Jul at T.

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Flat-headed Cat by Hamilton Lund
Brown-backed Flowerpecker: (1) gave a good perched view at the RDC on 30 Jun showing the brown back, streaked underparts, pale eye and thick bill of this rarely seen species.
Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker: (1) on both 25 and 27 Jun at DV.
Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker: (2) males seen very well at DV on 26 Jun and (1) female from canopy walkway at RDC on 30 Jun.
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker: (1-4) seen on 5 days at DV, KR, GC and RDC.
Black-sided Flowerpecker: (1) male on 3 Jul at MK and (2) at T on 4 Jul.

Lesser Green Leafbird: (1-3) seen on three days at DV and RDC.
Greater Green Leafbird: (2) DV on 24 Jun and (1) female at GC on 30 Jun.
Bornean Leafbird: (4) gave great views at T on 4 Jul. Lesser Green Leafbird: (3) on 24th at DV.
Greater Green Leafbird: (2) DV on 24 Jun and (1) female on 30 Jun at GC.

Asian Fairy Bluebird: (1) female at RDC on 30 Jun.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch: (1) on 25 Jun at DV, (3) on 3 Jul at MK and (3) at T on 4 Jul.

Dusky Munia: (2-30) recorded on seven days.
White-bellied Munia: (1) KR on 28 Jun and (1) GC on 30 Jun.
Chestnut Munia: (10) on both 30 Jun at Sandakan and (1) Jul at KK.
Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch: (1) seen by Dion in the Botanic Gardens in MK on afternoon of 3 Jul was associated with seeding scrambling bamboo.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow: Ubiquitous in small numbers around towns and villages.

Paddyfield Pipit: (2) on the airstrip at Lahad Datu on 24 Jun.

Crested Myna: A few seen around Sandakan and KK.
Hill Myna: (1) on both 28-29 Jun at KR and heard at RDC on 30 Jun.
Asian Glossy Starling: (10-20) seen on three days at KR.

Everett's Thrush: (1) seen furtively on the Silau Silau trail at MK on 2 Jul was very shy.

Bornean Whistling-Thrush: (4) on both 2-3 Jul at MK.
White-browed Shortwing: (1) female gave a great view on 2 Jul at MK.
Oriental Magpie-Robin: (2) of the largely black subspecies adamsi at KR on 28 Jun.
White-crowned Shama: (1-2) seen well on four days at DV and KR.
White-crowned Forktail: (1-2) at DV on 25-27 Jun.
Bornean Forktail: (3) gave great views at MK on 2 Jul with a pair seen fleetingly near T on 4 Jul.
Malaysian Blue Flycatcher: (1) female on 27 Jun and a pair on 28 Jun at KR.
Bornean Blue Flycatcher: (1) male gave a good view in response to playback at DV on 27 Jun.
Verditer Flycatcher: (1) seen well at T on 4 Jul.
Indigo Flycatcher: (1-2) seen on three days at MK and T.
Rufous-chested Flycatcher: (1) male gave a superb view at DV on 27 Jun.
Snowy-browed Flycatcher: (3) including an adult male feeding a fledgeling at MK on 3 Jul.
Little Pied Flycatcher: (1) male on 2 Jul with a pair on 3 Jul at MK.
Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher: (2) at DV on 25 Jun.
Eye-browed Jungle Flycatcher: (3) on 2 Jul and (1) on 3 Jul at MK.

Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher: (2) at DV on 27 Jun and (1) T on 4 Jul.

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Red-naped Trogon by Hamilton Lund
Black-headed Bulbul: (1) on 26 Jun at DV and (2) on 29 Jun at KR.
Bornean Bulbul: Great views of at least (10) at T on 4 Jul.
Puff-backed Bulbul: (2) gave a great view in the scope in a fruiting tree observed from the canopy walkway at RDC on 30 Jun.
Pale-faced Bulbul: (1) at MK on 3 Jul.
Yellow-vented Bulbul: (1-4) seen on 5 days at DV, KR, KK and T.
Olive-winged Bulbul: (4-10) seen on three days at KR, GC and RDC.
Spectacled Bulbul: (1) on 24 Jun and (4) on 26 Jun at DV.
Cream-vented Bulbul: (2-5) seen on four dates at DV, KR and RDC.
Red-eyed Bulbul: (1-4) seen on 5 days at DV and KR.
Buff-vented Bulbul: (2) on 26 Jun at DV, (1) on 28 Jun at KR and (1) on 30 Jun at RDC.
Hairy-backed Bulbul: (1) on both 25-26 Jun at DV.
Yellow-bellied Bulbul: (2-3) on both 28-29 Jun at KR.
Ochraceous Bulbul: (1-3) on 2-4 Jul at MK and T.
Cinereous Bulbul: (1) on 4 Jul at T.
Pacific Swallow: (10) daily from 24-30 Jun and also present at MK and T in small numbers.

Yellow-bellied Warbler: (1) on 3 Jul in bamboo at MK.
Mountain Tailorbird: (4) on 2 Jul at MK where heard on two other days.
Bornean Stubtail: (2) responded to playback at MK and perched up quite high and gave a great view on 3 Jul.
Sunda Bush Warbler: (2) on both 1 and 3 Jul at MK gave great views.

Yellow-breasted Warbler: (2-4) seen on three days at MK and T.
Mountain Leaf-Warbler: (1-2) seen on three days at MK.

Brown Fulvetta: (4) on 27 Jun at DV.
Chestnut-crested Yuhina: (2-10) on two days at MK and at least (50) at T on 4 Jul.
Black-capped White-eye: (1-2) on three days at MK with (5) at T on 4 Jul.
Mountain Blackeye: (4) at MK on 3 Jul gave good views.
Grey-throated Babbler: (1-2) on 1-2 Jul at MK and (2) at T on 4 Jul.
Chestnut-winged Babbler: (2-4) seen on 4 days at DV, KR and GC.
Bold-striped Tit-Babbler: (2-5) seen on three days at DV and KR.
Temminck's Babbler: (2) seen well at T on 4 Jul were mobbing a tree shrew.
Black-capped Babbler: (1-2) seen on 25-26 Jun at DV.
Moustached Babbler: (2) taped in at DV on 25 Jun.
Sooty-capped Babbler: (2-5) seen on three days at DV and RDC where its rambling whistling is a signature sound of the forest.
Scaly-crowned Babbler: (2) on 27 Jun at DV.
Rufous-crowned Babbler: (2) on 27 Jun at DV and (1) KR on 29 Jun.
White-chested Babbler: (1-2) seen well on three days at KR.
Ferruginous Babbler: (1) gave a good view on 24 Jun at DV with another seen briefly on 26 Jun.
Horsfield's Babbler: (1) taped in at DV on 27 Jun.
Short-tailed Babbler: (2) seen well on morning of 25 Jun at DV.
Striped Wren-Babbler: (1) gave a superb view at DV on 26 Jun and heard at KR on 27 Jun.
Sunda Laughingthrush: (2-10) seen well on three days at MK.
Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush: (4-10) seen well on three days at MK and (4) at T on 4 Jul.

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Proboscis Monkey by Hamilton Lund
Striated Grassbird: (2) gave good view at a freshwater marsh at KK on 1 Jul.

Ashy Tailorbird: (2) on 27 and 29 Jun at KR.
Rufous-tailed Tailorbird: (1) on 26 Jun at DV and (1) on 29 Jun at KR.
Dark-necked Tailorbird: Heard on 24 Jun at DV.
Yellow-bellied Prinia: (1-2) seen on four days at DV, KR and T.

MAMMALS

Lesser Gymnure: (1) at the Timophon Gate, MK on 1 Jul gave a good but brief view of this insectivorous mammal.

Lesser Treeshrew: (2) foraging in the canopy observed from the canopy platform at DV on 24 Jun were either this species or its virtually identical sibling species the Slender Treeshrew.
Mountain Treeshrew: (2-4) daily at MK on 1-3 Jul.
Slender-tailed Treeshrew: (1) foraging in a tree on the Summit Trail at MK on 3 Jul gave a great view.

Short-nosed Fruit Bat: (1) roosting in a building at GC gave a great view of this delightful bat. Large Flying-fox: (1) on 25 Jun at DV and (1) KR on 29 Jun.

Wrinkle-lipped Bat: (1) found alive on the floor of GC was examined in the hand.

Lesser Woolly Horseshoe Bat: (1) found roosting in a culvert at DV.

Flying Lemur (Colugo): (1) spotlit at DV on 24 Jun.

Sunda Slow Loris: (1) at night on 25 Jun at DV.

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Maroon Langur by Hamilton Lund
Maroon Langur: (10) on 25 Jun at DV and (2) GC on 30 Jun.
Silvered Langur: (2-10) at KR on 27-29 Jun.
Proboscis Monkey: (20) on both 27 and 29 Jun at DV.

Long-tailed Macaque: (5-20) seen on 4 days at DV, KR and T.
Sunda Pig-tailed Macaque: (5) at DV on 24 Jun and (10) at RDC on 30 Jun.

Orang-utan: (1) female gave a great view on 24 Jun in a fruiting Barringtonia; (1) female and an incredible adult male on 25 Jun with another female seen briefly on morning of 27 Jun at DV. (1) female seen well at GC on 30 Jun.

Bornean Gibbon: (1) seen briefly at KR on 29 Jun; heard on a further four days.

Creamy Giant Squirrel: (2) gave a good view at the RDC on 30 Jun.
Prevost's Squirrel: (1-5) seen on seven days at DV, KR and RDC.
Bornean Black-banded Squirrel: (1-2) seen on four days at MK and T.
Plantain Squirrel: (2) daily KR on 28-30 Jun.
Low's Squirrel: (1) found at its nest at DV on 27 Jun.
Jentink's Squirrel: (1-2) on 1-3 Jul at MK.
Bornean Mountain Ground Squirrel: (4-5) on 1-3 Jul at MK.
Plain Pygmy Squirrel: (1) at DV on 27 Jun and (1) KR with (1) GC on 30 Jun.

Red Giant Flying-squirrel: (2) on 25 Jun at night with Hamilton seeing (1) gliding at Sepilok on 30 Jun.
Thomas' Flying-squirrel: (5) on 25 Jun at night at DV with (1) seen poorly the next night.

Yellow-throated Marten: (1) gave a great view at DV on morning of 25 Jun.

Malay Civet: (2) at night on 25 Jun at DV.

Leopard Cat: (1) on 25 Jun at night at DV and (1) KR at night on 28 Jun giving a good view. Flat-headed Cat: (1) gave a great view at night on 29 Jun at KR.

Bornean Elephant: (7) including three tuskers, three females and a tiny calf at KR on late afternoon on 29 Jun gave a great experience.

Bearded Pig: (2-3) seen on four days at DV and KR but normally disappearing at high speed.

Yellow Muntjac: Heard only at DV on 26 Jun.

Sambar: (2-4) on 25-26 Jun at DV at night.

Malay Civet: (2) at night on 25 Jun.

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Water Monitor by Hamilton Lund
REPTILES

Saltwater Crocodile: Three sightings including a small juvenile, a three metre individual and a giant individual close to four metres in length at KR on 29 Jun.

Peter's Slender-toed Gecko: (1) of these striking geckos spotlit at night on a giant tree trunk at Sepilok on 30 Jun.

Water Monitor: (1-3) seen on 4 dates at DV and KR including some giant individuals at the latter location.

Draco: (1) seen on three dates at DV and KR.
Green Tree Dragon: (1) at DV on 26 Jun.

Red-sided Keelback: (1) at DV on 25 Jun; a small harmless frog-eating species.
Stripe-tailed Tree Snake: (1) at DV on 26 Jun; a small harmless frog and skink-eating species.
Mangrove Snake: (1) found in the day resting in a tree at KR on 28 Jun; a mildly venomous mostly bird-eating species.
White-spotted Cat Snake: (1) at night at Sepilok on 30 Jun moving through the mid canopy.

Wagler's Pit-Viper: (4) two recent juveniles and two average sized individuals found at night at Sepilok on 30 Jun.

Yellow-throated Marten: (1) on 25 Jun in the day on the Hornbill Trail.

Colugo: (1) at night on 24 Jun.

Sambar: (2) at night on 25 Jun.

Bearded Pig: (2) on 24 Jun and (2) on 26 Jun at DV.

Great Flying-fox: (1) at night on 25 Jun.




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