We flew from Tawau to Tarakan via Maswing and took a domestic flight from Tarakan to Balikpapan, the rest of the journey was by road.
Aerial view of areas around Tarakan on approach, I think these are aquaculture ponds.
Warning sign before approaching PERTAMINA's water reservoir.
PERTAMINA's water reservoir in front of the Kampung Sungai Wain entrance to the Protection forest, I was told this was built during the Dutch colonial era.
Notice board at the entrance of Protection forest, listing the prohibited activities.
Boardwalk over peat swamp at the entrance.
Another section of Boardwalk.
Resting platform. We need to cross the boardwalk before reaching the forest proper.
First camp, where we stop to rest and eat.
Our homestay house.
View from the back of our homestay house.
Mobile hawker of Sungai Wain
Malaysian Honeyguide Indicator archipelagicus, a rare bird in Sabah, my 1st lifer.
Garnet Pitta Pitta granatina, a bird that does not occur in Sabah, another lifer.
Plantive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus
Dusky Munia Lonchura fuscan, a Bornean endemic.
Abott's Babbler Trichastoma abbotti, my third lifer. This species is super rare in Sabah.Note its longer tail and different call as both this and the very similar looking Horsfield's Babbler Trichastoma sepiarium occur here.
Horsfield's Babbler, sharing similar habitats with Abbott's Babbler, note its short tail.
Sooty-headed Bulbul Pycnonotus aurigaster, another lifer. This species was first recorded in Borneo in Palangkarya, Kalimantan Tengah in 1984, it has now established itself in south-east Borneo.
Little Spiderhunter Arachnothera longirostra.
Female Borneo Peacock Pheasant, heavily cropped from the image below (head is blocked).
Uncropped image of the above image, you can see twigs, leaves, and branches working against you while you try to take a clear shot of the pheasant.
Uncropped image showing an out-of-focus male.
Crop of the above image, you can see the unmistakable head pattern of the male Peacock Pheasant here, with its white throat and red eye patch.
This is an in-focus shot of the back and tail of the male with its head blocked from view.
The star of the trip is the Peacock Pheasant, Sungai Wain is may be the easiest place in Borneo to see it. To take a good photo is another matter altogether as all ground birds are tough to photograph, they are more often than not blocked by foliage, twigs, undergrowth and stumps.