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Friday, February 18, 2022

Mt. Trusmadi Trip

 13-16th February 2022



Another great camping trip at Mt. Trusmadi since my last visit in 2003 with CK. We stayed for a few nights and during that time, the weather has been kind and rewarding too with plenty of fruiting trees nearby the main gate and also along the access road to the camping site. Target species here was the Bulwer's Pheasant, Malaysian Rail-Babbler, Crested Partridge, Long-billed Partridge and Bornean Frogmouth. Only the Frogmouth was seen briefly with great recording of its call and song on the final morning at mountain. The rest was heard except for Long-billed Partridge really close but the thick vegetation was the main culprit...

The journey continued to Tinopikon Camp site, Penampang for the Blue-banded Kingfisher and Fairy Pitta but it was a disappointment with only fewer common birds seen at the hiking trail. While Andrew decided to call it a day, the rest drove towards Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud for the Black-faced Spoonbill, Black-browed Reed Warbler and another sighting of the rare resident of Eastern Grass Owl!

Bird list at Mt. Trusmadi, Mt. Alab, Tinopikon, Bukit Padang, Tanjung Aru Beach and Tempasuk:

  1. Blyth's Hawk-Eagle
  2. Crested Serpent Eagle 
  3. Eastern Marsh Harrier
  4. White-fronted Falconet (endemic)
  5. Black-winged Kite
  6. Brahminy Kite
  7. Osprey
  8. Brahminy Kite
  9. Eurasian Kestrel
  10. Crimson-headed Partridge (endemic)
  11. Red-breasted Partridge (endemic)
  12. Bulwer's Partridge (heard)
  13. Crested Partridge (heard)
  14. Great Argus
  15. Wandering Whistling-Duck
  16. Common Greenshank
  17. Whiskered Tern
  18. Little Egret
  19. Great Egret
  20. Black-crowned Night Heron
  21. Nankeen Night Heron
  22. Purple Heron
  23.  Yellow Bittern
  24. Black-faced Spoonbill (vagrant)
  25. Oriental Darter 
  26. Watercock
  27. Eurasian Moorhen
  28. Black-backed Swamphen
  29. White-breasted Waterhen
  30. Kentish Plover
  31. Little Ringed Plover
  32. Common Greenshank
  33. Marsh Sandpiper
  34. Long-toed Stint
  35. Whiskered Tern
  36. Little Cuckoo-Dove
  37. Asian Emerald Dove 
  38. Zebra Dove
  39. Spotted Dove
  40. Green Imperial Pigeon
  41. Asian Palm Swift
  42. Plume-toed Swfitlet
  43. Brush Cuckoo
  44. Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
  45. Dark Hawk-Cuckoo (endemic)
  46. Sunda Cuckoo
  47. Bornean Frogmouth (endemic)
  48. Sunda Frogmouth
  49. Oriental Bay Owl
  50. Reddish Scops-Owl
  51. Sunda Scops-Owl
  52. Mountain Scops-Owl
  53. Eastern Grass-Owl
  54. Brown Boobook 
  55. Collared Kingfisher
  56. Long-tailed Parakeet
  57. Blue-naped Parrot
  58. Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot 
  59. Lesser Coucal
  60. Common Iora
  61. Green Iora
  62. Orange-breasted Trogon
  63. Collared Kingfisher
  64. White-crowned Hornbill
  65. Bornean Barbet (endemic)
  66. Bornean Brown Barbet (endemic)
  67. Golden-naped Barbet (endemic)
  68. Mountain Barbet (endemic)
  69. Gold-faced Barbet (endemic)
  70. Red-throated Barbet
  71. Maroon Woodpecker
  72. Banded Woodpecker
  73. Checker-throated Woodpecker
  74. White-bellied Woodpecker
  75. Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker
  76. Long-tailed Broadbill
  77. Green Broadbill
  78. Banded Broadbill
  79. Black & Yellow Broadbill
  80. Whitehead's Broadbill (endemic)
  81. Bornean Banded Pitta (endemic)
  82. Golden-bellied Gerygone
  83. Gray-rumped Treeswift 
  84. White-nest Swift
  85. Barn Swallow
  86. Pacific Swallow
  87. White-breasted Woodswallow
  88. Pied Triller 
  89. Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
  90. Sunda Cuckooshrike
  91. Gray-chinned Minivet
  92. Blyth's Shrike-Babbler
  93. Bornean Whistler (endemic)
  94. Black and Crimson Oriole
  95. Asian Fairy Bluebird
  96. Spotted Fantail
  97. White-throated Fantail
  98. Malaysian Pied Fantail
  99. Ashy Drongo
  100. Hair-crested Drongo
  101. Black Drongo
  102. Crested Shrikejay 
  103. Bornean Treepie (endemic)
  104. Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher
  105. White-bellied Erpornis
  106. Bornean Whistler (endemic)
  107. Dark-necked Tailorbird
  108. Ashy Tailorbird
  109. Mountain Tailorbird 
  110. Yellow-bellied Prinia
  111. Black-headed Bulbul
  112. Bornean Bulbul (endemic)
  113. Penan Bulbul (endemic)
  114. Cinereous Bulbul
  115. Yellow-vented Bulbul 
  116. Spectacled Bulbul
  117. Yellow-bellied Warbler
  118. Mountain Leaf Warbler
  119. Sunda Bush Warbler 
  120. Black-browed Reed Warbler (vagrant)
  121. Striated Grassbird
  122. Chestnut-crested Yuhina (endemic)
  123. Swinhoe's White-Eye
  124. Pygmy White-Eye (endemic)
  125. Rufous-fronted Babbler
  126. Black-capped Babbler
  127. Short-tailed Babbler
  128. Chestnut-backed Scimitar-Babbler 
  129. Rail-Babbler (heard)
  130. Chestnut-rumped Babbler
  131. Chestnut-winged Babbler
  132. Gray-throated Babbler 
  133. Black-throated Wren-Babbler (endemic)
  134. Temminck's Babbler
  135. Brown Fulvetta
  136. Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush (endemic)
  137. Sunda Laughingthrush
  138. Dark-sided Flycatcher
  139. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  140. White-crowned Shama (endemic)
  141. Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher
  142. Dayak Blue Flycatcher (endemic)
  143. Blue and White Flycatcher
  144. Indigo Flycatcher
  145. Verditer Flycatcher
  146. Mugimaki Flycatcher
  147. Asian Glossy Starling
  148. Orange-headed Thrush
  149. Eyebrowed Thrush
  150. White-browed Shortwing
  151. Oriental Magpie Robin
  152. Black-sided Flowerpecker (endemic)
  153. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
  154. Temminck's Sunbird
  155. Eastern Crimson Sunbird
  156. Brown-throated Sunbird 
  157. Olive-backed Sunbird
  158. Long-billed Spiderhunter
  159. Little Spiderhunter
  160. Whitehead's Spiderhunter (endemic)
  161. Bornean Spiderhunter (endemic)
  162. Lesser Green Leafbird
  163. Bornean Leafbird (endemic)
  164. Chestnut-munia
  165. Scaly-breasted Munia
  166. Dusky Munia (endemic)
  167. Java Sparrow
  168. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  169. Yellow Wagtail
  170. Gray Wagtail

 Recording made at the mountain uploaded to my Xeno-Canto:

 Images taken with Swarovski Optik. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

 

Along the access road to Camp Site at Mt. Trusmadi

 

 

T-junction before the hike to the camping site

Morning birding around the gate were the best with plenty of fruiting trees! We got the Golden-bellied Gergone, Orange-breasted Trogon, Bornean Banded Pitta, Pygmy White-Eye and many more!


Curry Maggi + Bambangan aka wild mango...


 

Late lunch again hahaha

Watching the Mountain Barbet at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre


White-fronted Falconet (endemic) on scopes

 

With the gang at Trusmadi


Swarovski Optik with a view of a primary rainforest


My four years old daily use trail shoes by NB...


Mark pointing at a group of Plume-toed Swiftlet, Pacific Swallow and House Swift nests on the building at Mt. Alab


Taking pics of the White-fronted Falconet at Trusmadi with Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope


We got the Bornean Leafbird (endemic), Sunda Bush Warbler, Golden-naped Barbet (endemic) and Grey-chinned Minivet at Mt. Alab road


Unlucky death endemic Bornean Horned Frog


Observing the Sunda Frogmouth at Bukit Padang track, Kota Kinabalu including the Oriental Bay Owl, Sunda Scops and Reddish Scops-Owl!


The Yoyo-Yoko Bird Team aims to see 500 species of birds found in Sabah for 2022. So far we got around 300++ birds :D



Tinopikon Tagal Centre, Penampang where we camped for a night for the Fairy Pitta. But no luck...


Black-sided Flowerpecker (endemic)


Bornean Treepie (endemic)


Verditer Flycatcher


Dark-sided Flycatcher


Joe taking videos of the full moon with his scope at Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud


Sunset...


White-fronted Falconet (endemic), the smallest raptor in the world found only in Sabah, Borneo



Happy birding!