Borneo, Day 10, 4 April 2016 - Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Forest Edge

I'd been looking forward to a visit to the RDC and this was to be the first of several time I'd go. On arrival we headed straight up to the hugely impressive raised walkways and towers. Birding was rather slow though - a Crested Goshawk gave some lovely views as it circled but there wasn't much else at all. On a 2nd look before we left there was more activity with Van Hasslet's Sunbirds, Purple-naped Sunbird, Raffles Malkoha, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha and a pair of striking Fiery Minivets.
In between we walked some of the trails scoring with Black and Red Broadbill, a pair of cute and showy Grey and Buff Woodpeckers, 4 Buff-rumped Woodpeckers, a lucky Rufous-collared Kingfisher that flew across open ground near the 'Birders Rest' (while Belinda was in the loo!), Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike, several Lesser Green Leafbirds, 4+ Black-naped Monarchs, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Slender-billed Crow, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and 2 Ferruginous Babblers.

Before leaving we stopped by the ticket office and put our names down for the guded night walk that night  

Crested Goshawk

Van Hasslet's Sunbird

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker

Black-naped Monarch

Grey and Buff Woodpecker

Grey and Buff Woodpecker

Fiery Minivet

Red-throated Sunbird

Dark-sided Flycatcher

Thick-billed Green Pigeon

Around Sepilok Forest Edge during the afternoon were a surprise 2 White-bellied Munias along the access road, the only Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker of the entire trip, Red-throated Sunbird, a Dark-sided Flycatcher by the restaurant, 3 Pink-necked Green Pigeons, Large-billed Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, 2 Blue-throated Bee-eaters, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots, a Long-tailed Parakeet and Collared Kingfisher.

Running from 18.00 to 20.00 the guided night walk at RDC came very highly recommended and it certainly didn't disappoint. With both a guide and a spotter who goes slightly ahead we initially got amazing views of a Giant Flying Squirrel climbing up a tree and then gliding/flying over a surprisingly long distance. From the same position up on the walkway I also picked out 2 Grey-rumped Treeswifts, 2 Brown-backed Needletails and an Oriental Darter. Walking some trails we saw a couple of roosting Oriental Dwarf Kingfishers, a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, a mega Oriental Bay Owl, Colugo, Green Viper and then memorably right at the death a Slow Loris!

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Oriental Bay Owl

Slow Loris


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