Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 3

We set off at 5.30am this morning with our lunch packed on board as we continue to look for the illusive Borneo Pygmy Elephants. Since we are leaving this lovely place tomorrow, if we are to look for the elephants it will be today. 
 We head upstream with full speed and will stop along the way for any interesting finding.
Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
From a distance, we saw a hornbill flying across the river, is a Black Hornbill on a closer look.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
A Purple Heron on a perfect blue sky as background.
Storms Stork (Ciconia stormi)
We were talking about to see Storm Storks again and we got one! Clear view with a rather close distance too.
Storms Stork (Ciconia stormi)
Not just one but 5 of them. We even treated with extra actions show. I'm sure this will help to boost the number for this critically endangered species.
As we move further upstream, we heard some elephant trumpeting from the forest to our right. Our guide told us that the elephants may come to the river edge for feeding in the later part of the afternoon.
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
While waiting for the elephants, a flock of about 30 Oriental Pied Hornbill fly cross the river one by one.
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
A sequencing shots of the Oriental Pied Hornbill.
The temperature continue to soar pass 38 degree Celsius to almost unbearable level. We decided to take cover under some shade and have our lunch while we wait for the appearance of the elephants.
black-and-yellow broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)
While having our lunch, guess who come and greet us? What a beautiful Black & Yellow Broadbill!
Oriental Honey Buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus)
After the broadbill, Oriental Honey Buzzard  continue to keep us entertained.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
After several attempts, follow the trumpeting calls and we finally get to meet the Borneo Pygmy Elephants.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
This very playful come too close to us that we have to move further away. The body language show that this baby elephant just want to play and mean no harm. The parents just watch their baby from behind.
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
We saw a wound on the baby elephant back, not sure what causes it. Perhaps the elephant wanted to show us?
Borneo Pygmy Elephants
As we move away from the river bank, another adult elephant swim across the river the re-united with the herd. Is possible that they got separated the night before if they are chase away by the staff from the nearby plantation.
The weather change so quickly the minute we are done with the elephants.
We couldn't reach our home-stay on time and got wet from head to toe by the heavy downpour.
We end our Day 3 program early as it is still raining all the way to late evening. Since we are leaving tomorrow, I take the opportunity to start packing my luggage. Is been a wonderful trip so far.  :)

1 comment:

  1. Close encounter with Borneo Pygmy Elephants!!! 太羨慕了。四年前來待了兩晚,一隻都沒見到。