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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Orange-breasted Trogon Mission ...

23rd - 26th August 2012

With the gang recently at Sinua Village that sits on the foot of Mt. Trusmadi, stayed for few nights with Denis Ikon, one of the well known birder with excellent in vocalization of birds and wildlife, with the mission of seeing one of the rarest Trogon in North Borneo, Orange-breasted Trogon !

Key species seen and heard :
  • Helmeted Hornbill
  • Rhinoceros Hornbill
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Blue-banded Pitta
  • Bornean Banded Pitta
  • Orange-breasted Trogon
  • Pygmy Ibon
  • Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker (Seen last year by Dennis)

Images taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x + 28mm 2.8

Road construction expected to be completed in 2014. Means the journey to Sinua Village will take lesser 1 to 2 hours !

A bit chilly after the rain while waiting for the generator set. From left to right, John, myself, Hazel, Ron and Andrew

Climbing up the Summit Trail up to 1000m elevation for the Orange-breasted Trogon and Bornean Banded Pitta

The elusive Orange-breasted Trogon, similar size with Scarlet-rumped Trogon and very shy too. My Trogons for Borneo now completed.

Grey Wagtail, a common winer visitor from North Asia and also used as an indicator for the villagers to start planting their hill rice

Red-billed Malkoha

Borneo Bird Club President, Gary checking his pictures of the Red-billed Malkoha while waiting for the river to subsides

Sinua Village with well maintained landscape etc and majority here is the Dusun tribe.

Happy birding !