Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Birds of Tawau Hills Park - part 2

It has been slightly more than 4 years that I posted a summary of the birds of Tawau Hills Park.

Here are the other birds that I managed to photograph after the earlier posting.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta), frequents the pond next to the head quarter building.

Jerdon's Baza (Aviceda jerdoni), often seen far away, but can be seen perch near park headquarter if you are lucky.

Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle (Hieraaetus kienerii), another beauty, can be seen in area around the park.

Great Argus (Argusianus argus), can be encountered along trails and can be quite approachable.
Checker-throated Woodpecker (Picus humii), an interesting woodpecker that occurs in both lowland and montane forests.

Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus). 

Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus), a bird of the upper canopy in here.

Blue-banded Pitta (Pitta arquata), endemic jewel of the Bornean forests.

Borneo Banded Pitta (Pitta schwaneri), another endemic jewel of the Bornean forests.
Female Blue-headed Pitta (Pitta baudii), yet another endemic jewel of the Bornean forests.

Male Blue-headed Pitta (Pitta baudii), yet another endemic jewel of the Bornean forests.

Male Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella).
Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella).
Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Criniger phaeocephalus)

Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Criniger bres)
Male Rufous-tailed Shama (Trichixos pyrropygus)
Female Rufous-tailed Shama (Trichixos pyrropygus)
White-crowned Forktail (Enicurus leschenaulti)
Male Chectnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus)
Female Chectnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus)
Striped Wren-babbler (Kenopia striata)
Rufous-crowned Babbler (Melacopteron magnum)
Crow-billed Drongo (Dicrurus annectans)

Black Magpie (Platysmurus leucopterus)

There are other interesting birds recorded in Tawau Hills Park before, and I still in need of lots and lots luck to see them here. The list includes Bulwer's Pheasant (Lophura bulweri), Cinnamon-rumped Trogon (Harpactes orrophaeus), White-necked Babbler (Stachyris leucotis), Bornean Wren-babbler (Ptilolocichla leucogrammica).

Happy birding.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of Borneo - 2nd Edition

Second edition of my little red book was published by the same publisher, John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd. of United Kingdom in 2016.

This is the book cover and as in the first edition, only endemics are shown there.

The checklist at the end of the book has been updated with the latest records up to the closing date.

The second edition also contains 280 species all illustrated with color photographs taken in the wild in Borneo.

For purposes of having a more Bornean representation, 25 of the migratory species in the first edition have been replaced with resident species.

The species taken out were:
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)/Migratory raptor
Cattle Egret (Ardea Alba)/Migratory water bird
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia)/Migratory water bird
Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva)/Migratory wader
Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)/Migratory wader
Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)/Migratory wader
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)/Migratory wader
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)/Migratory wader
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)/Migratory wader
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)/Migratory wader
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)/Migratory wader
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)/Migratory wader
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)/Migratory wader
Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)/Migratory wader
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)/Migratory wader
Long-toed Stint (Calidris subminuta)/Migratory wader
Broad-billed Sandpiper (Limicola falcinellus)/Migratory wader
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)/Migratory coastal bird
Aleutian Tern (Sterna aleutica)/Migratory coastal bird
Whiskered Tern (Chilidonias hybrida)/Migratory coastal bird
Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus)/Migratory forest bird
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)/Migratory forest bird
Dark-sided Flycatcher (Muscicapa sibirica)/Migratory forest bird
Blue and White Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomwlana)/Migratory forest bird
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)/Migratory forest bird

The species added were:
Roulroul (Rollulus rouloul)/Resident
Crimson-headed Partridge (Haematortyx sanguiniceps)/Endemic
Tabon Scrabfowl (Megapodius cumingii)/Resident
Red-breasted Hill Partridge (Haematortyx sanguiniceps)/Endemic
Blue-headed Pitta (Pitta baudii)/Endemic
Blue-banded Pitta (Pitta arquata)/Endemic
Sunda Teal (Anas gibberifrons)/Resident
Bornean Banded Pitta (Pitta schwaneri)/Endemic
Mangrove-blue Flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra)/Resident
Bornean-blue Flycatcher (Cyornis superbus)/Endemic
Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassina)/Resident
Blue-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo euryzona)/Resident
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)/Resident
Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle (Hierraetus kienerii)/Resident
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)/Resident
Banded Bay Cuckoo (Cacomantis sonneratii)/Resident
Striped Wren Babbler (Kenopia striata)/Resident
Chestnut-naped Forktail (Enicurus ruficapillus)/Resident
Olive-backed Woodpecker (Dinopium rafflesii)/Resident
Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)/Resident
Bornean Green Magpie (Cissa jefferyia)/Endemic
Asian Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)/Resident
Grey-chested Jungle Flycatcher (Rhinomyias umbratilis)/Resident
Spotted Fantail (Rhipidura perlata)/Resident
Horsefield’s Babbler (Trichastoma sepiarium)/Resident

In addition to the change in birds, some images have also been replaced with better images captured since the publication of the first edition.

My brief write-up for the first edition (published 2012) is here.

Happy birding and thanks to all my friends who have made this second edition a reality.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Notable Bird Sighting for Sabah, 1st Quarter 2017

Please go to the links below to obtain a list of the notable bird sightings in Sabah for 1st quarter 2017.

1st quarter 2017

Happy birding.