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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bornean Forktail (Enicurus borneoensis)

9th April 2011

While waiting for the Whitehead's Trogon with Joe and Sis, suddenly a pair of these elusive and rather shy Forktail appeared from the nearby stream right onto the busy road leading up to the Power Station. It was seen feeding around the area for nearly an hour providing excellent opportunity for pictures !

Bornean Forktail (Enicurus borneoensis) (BF) was split (Moyle et al 2005) from White-crowned Forktail (Enicurus leschenaulti) (WCF) based on the followings :
  • The white shield stop on top of its forehead whereas WCF extended on the crown.
  • Much bigger in size than WCF with longer and has 4 pair of white patches on its tail
  • Different vocalizations
  • Different habitat with BF mostly found at the mountains e.g Kinabalu National Park and WCF further down lowland forest e.g Danum Valley

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s and 80-400mm VR lens

Happy birding !


digdeep said...

Great shots - and you even managed to find one without rings!

Unknown said...

Yes, but only now sports a nice combo.

THOMAS said...

Best job,very very nice blog and photo!