Friday, 29 March 2019

Borneo: Part Two

March 2019

Borneo: Part Two

Now to the birds!  There may well be raptors, sunbirds and a whole host of endemics but surely the iconic bird of Borneo is the Hornbill of which there are 8 species.  Of these, during our stay we managed to see four.  In the same way we also managed a selection of raptors, including owls, and a number of small bright birds such as the sunbirds and range of kingfishers.  With regard to the last, kingfishers ranged in size from the species measuring 15cm such as the Blue-eared right up to the very large, 33cm Stork-billed Kingfisher.  If only because of the actual photographs I managed to take, I have split the birds into the following 10 groups; Hornbills, Raptors, Kingfishers, Sunbirds, Water Birds, Drongos, Weavers, Pigeons and Doves, Other Large Birds and Other Small Birds.  (For more, and better, photographs then take a look at Steve's web site at: select "30 from Borneo" from the drop-down menu at the top under "1000+ Bird Species."

Rhinoceros Hornbill Buceros rhinoceros

Pied Hornbill Anthrocoeros coronatus

Wrinkled Hornbill Rhyticeros corrugatus

Record shot of Black Hornbill Anthracoceros malayanus

Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
White-bellied Sea -Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Grey-headed Fish Eagle      in flight over river
Crested Serpent-Eagle Spilornis cheela
Buffy Fish-Owl Ketupa ketupa (in monochrome)
Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela

Blue-eared Kingfisher Alcedo meninting
White-collared Kingfisher Halcyon chloris
Stork-billed Kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis

Purple-throated Sunbird Nectarinia sperata
Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis

Water Birds

Common Sandpiper Actitus hypoleucos
Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster
Storm's Stork Ciconia stormi
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Great White Egret Egretta alba

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Dicruros paradiseus

Grey (Ashy) Drongo Dicruros leucophaeus


Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus
Pigeons and Doves

Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis

Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeon Treron fulvicollis?

Other Large Birds 

White-breasted Waterhen Amaurornis phoenicurus
 Other Small Birds

Yellow-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus goviavier
Pied Fantail Rhipidura javanica
White-breasted Wood Swallow Artamus leucorhynchus
Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus

Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
Female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum
Gaudy (Red Throated) Barbet Megalaima mystacophanos
Naturally, all mistaken identies are mine so any suggestions, corrections, etc would be most appreciated.

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