It's been a while birding around Likas Wetland, left the house at 0600 am this morning. Visibility was marred by heavy haze and the birds was not that many in the pond. Despite the numbers this are some pictures to share.
While walking back to my car this curious bird was turning leaves looking for something or insect. Well not sure what it was really trying to do but caught my attention and without hesitation set up my digiscope gear and took some hasty pictures. I have yet to figure out which bird is this.
After the flood last year, the Kinabatangan river suffers some of the worst after floods effect. I was told by our boatmen Joel, that the width of the river has encroached more than 20 feet into the main land.
After check-in into our rooms, we head for the lover part of Kinabatangan after hearing that the elephants was around the south of Sukau village. The boat ride took us almost an hour before we got the sight of the Bornean Pygmy Elephants. It was an awesome sight to watch them feeding and trumpeting while having their tea break. It was almost half past five and we were told to make back to the lodge before it became too dark. We did manage to sight a lesser adjutant stork, a couple of rhinoceros hornbill, a couple of pied hornbill, few numbers of brahminy kite, a few numbers of oriental darter and 1 salt water crocodile( 2 feet long).
The next day, we took the earliest river cruise and the first bird was a roller, white-fronted falconet, blue-eared kingfisher, stork-billed kingfisher, pied fantail, black and yellow broadbill, a juvenile brahminy kite, perrigrine falcon, lesser adjutant stork and it was time to return to the lodge for our breakfast.
As the sun start to rise higher, so did the temperature. We decided to take rest for the rest of the morning. Later in the afternoon continue our birding to the ox-bow lake and we started from the river and then do a loop to reach the lodge. It was a quite afternoon however we managed to spot the black and yellow broadbill, common iora, yellow vented bulbul (commonly sighted), white crowned shama, chestnut wing babbler and the asian paradise flycatcher.