Guided by Scott Watson. This was a set-departure tour, and the report includes the Highlands Extension. The tour also linked up with Malaysia: The Introtour – click here to see that trip report.
Linking up with our successful Peninsular Malaysia tour, it is safe to say that this year’s Borneo tour was also a complete success, with 293 birds recorded, including a stellar 45 endemics. Add to this a cool 27 mammal species plus a plethora of weird and wacky reptiles, insects, and flowers, this tour really caters to those with an interest in rare, endemic lifeforms!
There were numerous highlights during this 16 day tour, in fact too many to list here. In the humid forests of Danum Valley we indulged in Bristleheads, Pittas and Babblers but night excursions got us face to face with the hulking LARGE FROGMOUTH as well as the smaller BLYTH’S FROGMOUTH. Our time on the Kinabatangan River brought us close to the critically endangered STORM’S STORK, but also multiple ORANGUTAN feeding in the same trees as the iconic RHINOCEROUS HORNBILL. We watched as 4 million Wrinkle-lipped Bats exited a cave while BAT HAWKS picked of their numerous winged appetizers. Our encounters with the wild and wonderful ORANGUTAN were numerous and memorable, as were the comical PROBOSCIS MONKEY. At Sepilok we found the rare MALAYSIAN HONEYGUIDE feeding at a beehive. The extension brought us the famous endemic “Whitehead’s Trio” (Broadbill, Trogon, and Spiderhunter) All of these encounters are great, but if you also add the exceptionally friendly local guides and drivers, the world class accommodation and service, and the mouth-watering food, you can be sure that this tour will be a crowd pleaser, as it did for yet another year with Tropical Birding.