Trip report: Borneo: Birding with a Camera (Oct-Nov 2018) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set-departure tour.

There are countless reasons to visit Borneo. Many come see its most famous residents, like the Orangutan, the outrageous-looking Proboscis Monkey or the forest dwelling Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Others to see its strange insect-eating pitcher plants or climb up Mount Kinabalu. We saw all these things but also explored the fantastic birdlife with our cameras. We had fantastic photo opportunities of some of the most exciting birdlife that Asia has to offer, including the colourful and comical-looking Black-and-yellow Broadbill (pictured above) and the dazzling Blue-eared Kingfisher of lowland forest rivers. In fact these 2 birds tied for 1st place in our ‘Bird of the Trip’ competition. Of the almost 220 bird species seen on our trip (another 25sp were only heard), almost 160 species were photographed, which is a staggeringly high percentage (over 70%). Some of our photographic highlights included: Being surrounded by new sunbirds, white-eyes and warblers at eye-level in the soft light on our first afternoon at Mount Kinabalu; having a close encounter with the Bornean Green-Magpie on our final morning at the same site; our drive in to Danum Valley seeing our first pygmy elephants and Leopard Cat; finding our first Orangutan there and our amazing night drives and walks in search of owls and frogmouths; enjoying our birds-eye views at Sepilok forest canopy walk and last but not least exploring the Kinabatangan River and its tributaries by day and night in search of kingfishers, hornbills and the rare Storm’s Stork. It was truly an unforgettable adventure.

Click the link below to read the full report for the main tour (the extension trip report will be separate):

Borneo: Birding with a Camera trip report (3 MB, PDF format).