Friday, 16 March 2018

16th March 2018 Kinabatangan River, Sabah

Only time for an early morning boat trip before making our long journey home. We first tried the Russan river that produced a surprise male Bornean Banded Kingfisher - it was a new site for the species for Romzi who only knew of a single territory along the Menanggul River that we'd already tried a couple of times without success. We then made a quick sortie along the Menanngul River back to where we had heard Chestnut-necklaced Partridge. Romzi didn't hold out too much hope and sure enough they weren't calling. However, a little further along the river we heard one calling from thick forest along the opposite riverbank. Romzi chose our spot carefully, tied-up and after a short while we obtained a series of views of a pair - a fine end to our trip. We were then a little late back to the homestay where we enjoyed our final breakfast, said our farewells to Romzi and his family who had looked after us so well and were driven back to Sandakan airport through the depressing endless palm oil plantations. Flights then followed to Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpar, London, Edinburgh and Sumburgh where thankfully our car started first time and we were soon on our way home to Unst.

Storm's Stork 1
Lesser Adjutant 1
Brahminy Kite 1

Dawn along the Kinabatangan River

Male Bornean Banded Kingfisher along the Russan River

Lesser Adjutant along the Kinabatangan River

Storm's Stork along the Kinabatangan River

Brahminy Kite along the Kinabatangan River

our final venture along the Menanggul River

Graydon's Chestnut-necklaced Partridge along the Menanggul River

Dragonfly sp. along the Menanggul River

these two were very excited that we were off to the North Pole - well, nearly!

a great send-off after being well looked-after by all at the homestay

Departing the Menanggul homestay

Romzi looking relaxed safe in the knowledge of two very satisfied customers!