To bird for mountain birds in Borneo, you have two choices of area. The first is Mt Kinabalu where it's a must for all birders and second is the Rafflesia Centre at Gunung Emas or Alap. If you do not have enough time to spare then the choice to choose is Rafflesia Center because its only 1 hour drive from the city. However there is no trail to take when birding around the Rafflesia Centre, most of the birding is done around the road side and be advise of the in-coming traffic. Weather is also a factor and most of the mountains in Borneo will received rains most of the times especially in the afternoon. It rain and rain and when it finally stop, it was only 2 hours window and got only this beauties.
A morning that was rewarded with the appearance of this odd but highly celebrated bird since its arrival 2 months ago. It was believe to be introduce or escapee bird in the early days (yet to be determine). A lifer for all who have never seen it in Borneo-Sabah. Hope they will stay and multiply.
Yesterday did some birding with Karim@sinooorita at Kundasang area. Went looking for the Long-tailed Shrike and upon arriving at the designated area, we spotted two birds flying in a distance but alas we could not get closer at this was on a private land.
We have to be contented and try our best for a good picture even for an ID shot.
Luckily for us, the birds seem to notice our despair and eventually came closer and closer and got some decent shots. And as time flies by, we decided to check out for the Everett Thrush at Masilau Park (which is an extension of Mt Kinabalu) and it only took us 20 minutes to reach it from Kundasang. We did not get the Everett's Thrush but here are few pictures for your enjoyment.
White-browed Shortwing - Female
She came out from one of the parking lot and darting from one place to another trying to avoid us. Eventually I got some decent picture of her but still can be better....
Eyed-browed Thrush - Turdus obscurus
This was a nice find but would not cooperate. It was so shy that it did not came out the whole day. I could see it through the Bins but it was just that.
Continuation of this chapter, White-browed Shortwing also known Blue Shortwing, Himalayan
Blue Shortwing or Indigo-blue Shortwing. My last attempt to take picture of this bird was quite a feat. Its a very active bird that does not stop for any picture taking. However the male was not around nevertheless I am very happy with this.