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Bird Watching

Our tours are planned to optimize the opportunities for bird watching at each site visited by focusing on the most enigmatic species, localized and difficult to find. Allowing time for complete coverage we give the best realistic chance of locating these specialty birds of the region.

We aim to provide the best bird tour experience through a combination of small groups, experienced and competent leaders, a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and of course some of the best birding in the world. All our leaders have extensive experience of birds in the area and spent long periods of time to explore all the tourist destinations.

In addition to our regular tours, we also offer custom designed tours for birding groups or individuals. We have extensive experience in South Asia, southeast Asia, the Philippines and Indonesia, and we can organize and guide tours to all areas covered by our regular visits and most other destinations region. Previous personalized tours travel Skytrak visited, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo and the Philippines.

Custom tours have many advantages over our main circuits, they are inherently more flexible, with group sizes and land arrangements organized to your specific needs. They are ideal for those who prefer to travel alone or with small groups of friends, ornithologists with rigid holidays do not coincide with our regular tour dates or those with specific target species, which can be difficult to see on our main visits.

 

Sabah, Borneo

 

Borneo is one of the richest avifauna of land and our journey explores several different ecosystems, from the mighty Mount Kinabalu to the virgin forest of Danum Valley. This will give us the opportunity to record majorité endemic birds of the islands.

 

We started our tour in the Rafflesia Forest Reserve in the Crocker Range, effectively called the biggest flower in the world, is famous for what. It allows the possibility of mid-elevation aussi Many record which specialties are the difficulties in other areas, such as Borneo Barbet, leafbird Fruithunter and Borneo.

 

Nearby, we focus on the access point of Mount Kinabalu endemic, reaching a spectacular 4101 meters. This area is right to housing by a lush forest, mountain streams, and most importantly, many fascinating bird species are unique to the highlands of Borneo. The enigmatic 'Trio of endemism comprenant spiderhunter Whiteheads, trogon and broadbill are all found here.We then move to Sepilok and Kinabatangan River, home to the highly specialized proboscis monkey, rare Stork Storm, eight species of hornbill, the little known Bornean ground cuckoo, and best of all Bristlehead.

 

Saving the best for last visit one of the oldest rainforests in the world and the most magnificent in Danum Valley. Based on the famous Borneo Rainforest Lodge, you can enjoy some of the birds of lowland rainforest in the world, in search of some of the Borneo lowland specialties, including rare and breathtaking Bristlehead Blue-headed Pitta, one of six species of pitta possible.

 

Day 1:

International arrivals in Kota Kinabalu. Night in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Day 2:

We will leave early this morning to make the most of our visit tomorrow Rafflesia Reserve in the Crocker Range. This site, which is at a lower height than Mount Kinabalu, gives us the opportunity to see several birds that are rarely recorded elsewhere. Our main objectives are localized in the Bulbul area of ​​Borneo, leafbird Borneo, Borneo and Mountain Barbet Barbet. Mountain Serpent Eagle, Red-breasted Partridges and crimson head, Whitehead Broadbill, Pygmy Ibon, Streaky Spiderhunters chest and Whitehead, Borneo Treepie, Blyth Hawk Eagle and Fruithunter only possible. Then be transferred to the Kinabalu National Park for a four night stay at the magnificent slopes of Mount Kinabalu.

 

Days 3-7:

At 4101 meters, Mount Kinabalu is the highest peak between Himalayas and Papua New Guinea will. The slopes of the mountain are still wrapped in lush montane forest, which contains a great diversity of plants, insects, mammals, amphibians, and most importantly for us - the birds, many of which are endemic to the mountains of Borneo.

We will divide our time here between birding along the road and working to the top of the large number of trails.

Let's get some Kinabalu in particular specialties, such as Mountain Serpent Eagle, Red-breasted Partridges crimson head, bareheaded, Sunda and Laughingthrushes Rufous-hooded, Mountain Wren babbler, Stubtail Borneo, Borneo swiftlet, tail Green Magpie Fruithunter short, the famous trio of Whitehead (Trogon, Broadbill and spiderhunter) and the elusive Thrush Everett.

 

In one day we have the opportunity to ascend to the lower levels of the summit trail in search of some high mountain specialties, including the aptly named Kinabalu Friendly Warbler, Black Mountain Bulbul eyes and pale face, a distinctive division of Coronet .

 

Let's take a trip to the slopes aussi Kinabalu to Poring Hot Springs, which has very different birds. Here we have the opportunity to meet with band and dazzling blue banded Pittas' Borneo 'and one of the most difficult' s endemic to Borneo, Broadbill Hose. There are rows of rare également can charlatan including white collar, white-tailed Flycatcher blue, yellow-bellied Warbler and Chestnut-capped Thrush even.

 

On the 7th we traveled overland to Sepilok. Sepilok is home to a successful rehabilitation project Orang-utan and as a result of a substantial part of tall secondary forest Protege. This area provides an excellent introduction to the birds of Borneo, and to explore the trails and surprises Suspension Bridge new construction we could find such as Black-crowned Pitta or single membership Bristlehead ICT monotypic endemic own family. Overnight at Sepilok.

 

Day 8:

After an early morning birding at Sepilok headed off Gomantong caves, famous for its large number of breeding swiftlets and bats. This gives us the opportunity to identify the four species of swiftlets by studying the structure of their nests, the easiest way is certainly difficult to group separately! We continue to our lodge on the banks of the Kinabatangan River. River Cruise we expect to find rare stork Storm and the will to make a special effort to see the unique proboscis monkey, with a good chance of several other mammals Borneo pygmy elephant and inclusion of Borneo Orang-utan. Overnight in the idyllic setting of the edge of the Kinabatangan.

 

Day 9:

We spend all day in this area. Our main objective here is the land of cuckoo birds Borneo Borneo 's most mysterious and least known, who regularly has-beens in recent years recorded here. While cruising along the river and its tributaries in the comfort of our boat we have the opportunity to observe many of the inhabitants of the canopy that can be harder to see in Danum Valley, especially hornbills, with eight species as possible here. Also here are a variety of raptors, four species of pitta and lots of fruit bats. Night along the Kinabatangan River.

 

Day 10:

After a cruise along the Kinabatangan final morning we headed south to Lahad Datu after lunch. From here we travel by minibus to the heart of the Danum Valley Conservation fabulous to our base for the next four nights, the luxurious Borneo Rainforest Lodge. The spectacular rainforest here is home to some of the rarest birds and amazing in Southeast Asia, including several species endemic to Borneo and forest birding being is known as one of the best places to look for them . Overnight at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

 

Days 11-13:

Our cottage in Danum Valley is located in primary forest birding superior and excellent starts in the grounds. An extensive trail system allows us to find some of the most elusive and forest covered walkway allows excellent testimony of a single species REMAIN often hidden in the tops of the trees.

 

Among the specialties that are sought are six species of pitta residents, including the endemic Black-crowned, blue head, blue stripe and 'Borneo' band, the Bristlehead spectacular Black throat charlatans and quack Striped Wren, land of Borneo, Borneo and great blue flycatcher bill along with a great supporting cast innumerable woodpeckers, trogons, hornbills and charlatans.

 

The area is rich in mammals aussi and highlights are likely to include Borneo Orang-utan, Bornean Gibbon and possibly pygmy elephants. Night birding is often rewarded by Buffy Fish Owl Brown Wood Owl or mammals and may include several species of flying squirrel, Borneo Loris, five species of civet, Leopard Cat and if we're lucky maybe even a marbled cat Sunda Clouded Leopard gold. Nights in Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

 

Day 14:

After a final morning birding We have to leave this area and fantastic farewell bid Danum Valley, Lahad Datu to back and take a flight back to Kota Kinabalu. Night in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Day 15:

International departures from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

 

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