Sunday 17 July 2022

Hornbills - Borneo May '22

We saw five of the eight hornbill species; the four below, plus Black Hornbill, which I didn't get a photo of, 

Bushy Crested Hornbill

                                                                    Rhinoceros Hornbill

                                                                            Pied Hornbill

                                                                    Wrinkled Hornbill

Orangutan - Borneo May '22

Our main target when visiting Borneo was to see Oranutan in the wild. We were lucky and saw two; one nest building distantly at dusk and this magnificent creature, on our first boat trip out.


Monday 13 June 2022

Changeable Hawk Eagle - Borneo May 2022


I hadn't noticed the large monitor lizard on the branch until I started processing the photos on my lap top. 

I only spotted this bird as I saw a Black and Yellow Broadbill fly into the tree, put my bins up and there it was.  

Friday 10 June 2022

Eleonora's Falcon, Worth Marsh, Kent - 29 May 22

 Eleonora's Falcon is yet another bird I never expected to see in the UK. I've seen a few in Spain, but not for many years. So when news broke of one in Kent, less than 1.5 hrs from home I has everything crossed it would stay a while. The reason being, I was in Borneo! Luckily for me the bird stayed well over a week allowing me to go go see it with Shaun, the day after I got home. 

It showed incredibly well to the 100 or so gathered, perched up just 30-40 feet away. 

The day got even better when we travelled just 30 mins to South Foreland hoping to connect with a very elusive Sardinian Warbler that had been found a couple of days earlier but had been very difficult to see buried deep in cover. 

We arrived to be told it has been heard singing and calling but only seen by 1 or 2 individuals. Within 20 minutes or so it could be heard signing nearby. We stood in silence trying to pick out any movement in deep cover, and then boom! It flew out and over the path into more cover. 

It was my first 2 tick day in many many years. Really enjoyable day and great company with Shaun.