Saturday, March 26, 2011

Week ending 27th March - IRRI, Kota Kinabalu

My first trip to Borneo, and it's for a conference! Little time for birding, apart from in the mornings in the resort garden, and it was raining most of the time too! The garden birds were very typical of Asian gardens; Common Iora, Olive-backed Sunbird, Plain-throated Sunbird, Asian Glossy Starling, Collared Kingfisher, the distinctive local adamsi race of Oriental Magpie-Robin, White-breasted Waterhen, Tree Sparrow, Green-backed Heron, Clamorous Reed Warbler, Pied Fantail, Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove.

A White-bellied Sea-Eagle flew past the resort, and another was fishing while I was on a dive excursion. Green Imperial Pigeons were on the off-shore islands, as was a Brahminy Kite. The best bird for me, and the only lifer, was Dusky Munia in the hotel garden. They are near-endemic to Borneo, the only extra-limital site for therm is one of the islands in the extreme south of the Philippines, which is pretty close to Borneo.

Cattle Egret looking smart on the farm

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