Saturday, August 19, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 4

Is the last day of this Borneo trip. We will have about 3 hours before checking out from the home-stay and go to airport for our flight back to Singapore.
Since is the last day, I'm slightly earlier so just walk around the village while waiting fore others to get ready.

Monitor lizard
 Is too early even this monitor lizard just too lazy to move.
Green Imperial Pigeon
 Most of the time Green Imperial Pigeon perched very high up. Although this pigeon didn't perch all the way up but all the branches make it not possible to get a clean shot.
We seen quite a few Grey Headed Fish Eagle. This is another one waiting for the right time to strike at their prey.
Purple Heron
 One thing good about bird watching on the boat, is easier to spot any birds that fly cross the river.
long tail macaque
This long tail macaque pick up the oil palm fruits from the water as breakfast.
long tail macaque
 Another family having a great bonding time on the tree branch above us.
White breasted water hen
 White breasted water hen learn to pick up food that flush down by water.
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
 This hornbill pecking on this tree trunk looking for termite?
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
 Another darter waiting for the sun to dry its feathers.
Orang Utan
Just when we about to turn back to our home stay, we saw this Orang Utan playing hide & seek with us. What a great way to end our Borneo trip!
Magnum ice cream
While on the way to airport, we stop at petrol station for Magnum! Thank you Borneo, see you again!
This is my 3rd visit to this airport thanks to Kinabatangan river. Hope to come back again soon!

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.  :)

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.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

2017 Borneo River Wildlife Photo Trip, Day 1

31st May 2017 - This is my 3rd visit to Kinabatangan River at Sabah, Borneo. I first visited to this place back in 2009 & subsequently in 2011 and 2017.

There is no direct flight from Singapore to Kinabatangan. In order to get to Kinabatangan, we can either transit at Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabaru. We choose to transit at Kuala Lumpur and by the time we reach our accommodation for the next few days in Sukau, it was already close to 4.30pm. After checked-in, we immediately take out our camera and all ready to explore the beauty of Kinabatangan river. We have less than 2 hours before sun set and will be too dark to see or shoot anything.
Long-tailed Macaque
The very first animal that welcome us is the Long-tailed Macaque.
Long-tailed Macaque
Having early dinner before sun set?
Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus)
The very first hornbill that we saw is Black hornbill (Anthracoceros malayanus).
Wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus)
Must be our lucky day, another hornbill spotted just across the river - Wrinkled hornbill (Aceros corrugatus)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Wow! Another big hornbill - Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros)
Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
It may be common in Singapore, having to see them here equally exciting - Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)
Changeable Hawk Eagle
Changeable Hawk Eagle preparing to call it a day.
Green Imperial Pigeon
Just when we about to return to the home stay, this Green Imperial Pigeon make an appearance.
Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
Is almost too dark to see this Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) clearly. Hopefully we are able to see it again tomorrow with better lighting.
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
What a way to end our birding with this Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea) perching openly with the sun set as the background.
Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus)
We were still talking about Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) while on the way back and we suddenly saw some movement. Is really a Proboscis monkey! Can't wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow!