Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Danum Valley

View from the .lodge.
One of the chalets at the lodge! Whow!
This was my chalet.
Inside my very comfortable chalet.
It was a long journey to the Danum Valley & the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Lodge, our base for the next four nights. The lodge was positively luxurious & in a wonderful wilderness setting. Food & accommodation were really excellent & I could have stayed longer here. The staff were also very helpful & well trained & there was a real sense of a green ethos throughout the whole operation.

As well as the main access road, which is excellent both for wildlife viewing & birding, there is an extensive network of trails through the forest, which are well worth exploring. 

The main access road to Danum Valley
& the Lodge.

The heart stopping canopy walkway!

It is a rainforest after all!

 One of the largest remaining tracts
 of forest land in Sabah.

My first Orangutan, 120 feet up in a tree,
 hanging upside down in the pouring rain!

A different male on the last day.
Mal, with a leech in his belly button!
Oriental Darter on the river.
 Little Spiderhunter.
Common in the garden.

The endemic Bornean Spiderhunter.

Yellow-eared Spiderhunter.
Oriental Magpie Robin.
 Pied Fantail
Violet Cuckoo

 Red-naped Trogon.

Scarlet-rumped Trogon.

Black & Yellow Broadbill

Rufous-winged Philentoma.

 Bornean Blue Flycatcher
 Same bird as above.
Female Bornean Blue Flycatcher.

 Bornean Bristlehead
A flock of seven, were seen in the last chance saloon!
Barred Eagle Owl was an unexpected bonus
 on one nocturnal drive.

And so our two week trip came to an end. It was a good trip, but finding birds was quite difficult, especially on Mount Kinabalu. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge made a wonderful finale & I would like to go back again to explore their trails further.
Take a look at their excellent website: http://www.borneonaturetours.com/www/default.aspx

The Bird Tour Asia trip report may be found here:

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