Showing posts with label Birding Malaysia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Birding Malaysia. Show all posts

15 April 2010

Swiftlets on Mt. Kinabalu - some "dodgei" records ?

In early March we spent some time at Mt Kinabalu, Sabah.

There we saw quite a few swiftlets, a family we don't get much practice with in Hong Kong.

Mt. Kinabalu is a site for the very local and newly-split "Bornean Swiftlet" - Collocalia dodgei. And, as it was in both the new field guides, like most birders, we thought we'd go and look for it. On two different mornings at the Timpohon Gate (1866m) I banged off many, many digital photos at the swiftlets passing by.

"Bornean Swiftlet" is described as being " like Glossy Swiftlet, but with a greenish (not a blueish) gloss on the feathers.... smaller and no white below.." (Phillipps). With both the Phillipps and Susan Myers guide to hand, we still couldn't figure them out.

(Which is our failing, not that of either of the new Birds of Borneo fieldguide authors.)

As can readily be seen, many of the Glossy Swiflets depicted at Oriental Bird Images are as green as "our" swiflets :-

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?p=1&action=searchresult&Bird_ID=568&Bird_Family_ID=&pagesize=1

However, most of the birds shown below lack a white belly, so they may not be Glossy OR "Bornean" :-


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Unidentified Swiftlets at Mt Kinabalu, March 2010

Any comments on identification would be most welcome !

25 March 2010

Sabah Trip highlights

We visited Danum Valley, Kinabatangan River (with Robert Chong), Sepilok, Mt. Kinabalu and the Rafflesia Centre in the Crocker Range.

Most useful Trip Report on the interweb-thingy was the 2007 account by Wendy Newnham, which is still very useful. Thanks again for that, Wendy ! We shall write-up a brief Trip Report i.d.c.



Crested Fireback, Danum Valley


Diard's Trogon, Danum Valley



Black-and-Crimson Pitta, Danum Valley


Oriental Bay Owl, Kinabatangan River


Bornean Bristlehead, Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok

We saw a good variety of mammals, too.

More later.

23 February 2010

Off to Sabah, East Malaysia

We'll be away until 17th March, so no posting will be likely until after that date !