Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 2

Compare to my previous trip back in 2009 and 2011, this is rather a wet season. We can't help but notice that the high water level on both side of the river bank. In 2011, the water level was so low that our boat can't go to some part of the river and finding of a crocodile is so much easier that time as they can be found on the river bank under the sunlight in the morning.
After a good night sleep, we are on the boat again at 6 am.
Mangrove pit viper
The boatman bring us to a corner to look for pit viper. Looking at the swell of the stomach, this viper will still be around at this spot for at least few more days until the food fully digested.
Great egret (Ardea alba)
As compare to previous trip, we don't get to see much egrets probably due to the high water level. So we are equally excited to see a Great egret (Ardea alba).
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
We saw a Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)  last evening after sun set. Now we get to see it again at a closer range with good lighting.
Purple-naped sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)
I almost miss this Purple-naped sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)  as it jump from one branch to another.
Plain sunbird  (Anthreptes simplex)
Among the same flock during the bird wave, saw 2 Plain sunbird  (Anthreptes simplex)
Crimson sun bird (Aethopyga siparaja)
Among all the sunbirds, this Crimson sun bird (Aethopyga siparaja) is the easiest to identify for it's bright red colour.
Black and red broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos)
The 1st broadbill of this trip is this very cute Black and red broadbill (Cymbirhynchus macrorhynchos)
Storm stork (Ciconia stormi)
Good thing about birding in Kinabatangan is that you don't have to wait too long for the next bird to appear. Saw a globally endangered Storm stork (Ciconia stormi) fly across our head. Is believed that there are only less than 500 left in the wild. The highest chance to see this bird is to come to Kinabatangan.
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
With the bluish-green sheen of the body, this Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis) perched at the highest point to look out for flying insects.
Just when I was busy shooting the dollarbird, this insect landed on my lens hood.
Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
Just when the weather getting too hot, it was time we go back to the homestay for lunch. This darter (Anhinga melanogaster) appear infront of us with the body still submerge in the water.
pig-tailed macaque
As we slowly make our way back to the homestay, we saw one lone pig-tailed macaque (Macaca nemestrina).
Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Not far from the macaque, we saw a Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela). Is been a very fruitful morning session. What is in store for us in the afternoon? With the hungry stomach, we head back to homestay for our lunch and will continue again late afternoon after lunch.

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