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Sabah, KK to Sandakan

          Sabah wildlife, KK to Sandakan




A Common Iora looking out for his mates. They came in flocks to the Sutera Harbor area and were a colorful touch in the green trees around the golfclub.




Great Egret




Fishing is best on the incoming tide 

The mudflats and wetlands were popular with the Great, Little and Reef Egrets.

Their numbers increasing daily as the migrants flew in. (Oct ’09)




Retiring to the Casuarina trees by the end of the day





Striated Grassbirds are immigrants to Borneo from the Phillipines




Just a pretty hopper





Purple Heron, a daily sight in a swamp near the yacht harbor




The Grey Heron sometimes flew in.





L: Paddyfield Pipit   R: Oriental Magpie Robin

Always around




A nest full of stingers, suspended in a tree





Pied Trillers frequenting the tall Casuarina trees




Greater Coucal in the swamp




A Dark-sided Flycatcher joining me on a morning bike ride.





Rufous Night Heron at KK’s Wetland Sanctuary




Pied Fantail





Other users of the boardwalk in the sanctuary




A family of Wistling Ducks in the paddyfields outside KK city





L: White-breasted Woodswallows  R: Blue-naped Parrot  

Residents of Tanjung Aru




This Java Sparrow, all by himself, is a winter visitor




Jerdon’s Baza, seen at Sugud, when Dennis took me there.

It was chased off by a group of small birds.




A butterfly of high mountains named Three Rings



Birds at the Crocker Range:



Mountain Leaf-warbler




A female Ashy Drongo






The rare Fruithunter!

We were lucky to see a pair at a fruiting tree at the very top of thr range.





Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Sunda Bush-warbler, Temminck’s Sunbird





It's not a bird, neverteless called the Banded Owl




A Crocker Range Caterpillar (with baby)





Other forms of wildlife, found at higher elevation (1200m)



Mt Kinabalu



White-browed Shrike-babbler




Pale-faced Bulbul




Chestnut-hooded Laughing-thrush





Mountain Leaf-warbler, the green variety




This Horned Frog was blocking the way for a White-browed Shortwing, who was not willing to leave the safety of the undergrowth. We only got a glimps of him, before we discovered this monsterous looking toad.





Bornean Whistler




Chestnut-crested Yuhina





White-throated Fantail next to a very green snail




Yellow-breasted Warbler




Sunda Laughing-thrush




Ochraceous Bulbul






Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher




Little Pied Flycatcher




Snowy-browed Flycatcher (fem)






2 Indigo Flycatchers




Golden-naped Barbet





L: 2 Rhinoceros beetles drinking sap from a tree   R: a female Bornean Whistling Thrush




Bornean Forktail




Bornean Flowerpecker



RDC, Sepilok



Raffle’s Malkoha

An early morning walk at the Rainforest Discovery Center starts with these birds

They are everywhere and act like they own the place.




Red-eyed Bulbul on the flower of Elephant’s Ear




A party of Buff-necked Woodpeckers ignored me completely.





L: Rufous-tailed Tailorbird   R: Eastern Crimson Sunbird




White-crowned Shama






The Little Spiderhunter feeding on wild ginger flowers





Among other things we saw at RDC are this bright green hopper and a pitch black squirrel




Who is this sunbird with the blue patch on his shoulder and rump?








 Pretty butterflies like the Clipper and wild flowers




The price of the day: Diard’s Trogon




A noisy giant squirrel, setting of big alarms at my presence, scaring all the birds into hiding.

But he couldn’t prevent me from taking this lucky shot.


All photos have been compressed, the originals show a lot more detail. Maybe technology will let me share them one day.