Due to the difficulty in getting to the Trus Madi mountain range where the Long-tailed Broadbill Psarisomus dalhousiae is common, this beautiful bird is locally considered to be quite a twitch. My friend Jason spotted this pair carrying nest material along the Tambunan road earlier this week. Many years ago in the same area I saw a party of 5 birds. My only other big encounter was in Cuc Phuong National Park near Hanoi in north Vietnam about 4 years ago when I saw a party of 30 to 40 moving through the forest in a fantastic and noisy spectacle. It is difficult to forget the brilliance of this bird.
Articles from January 2010
Here’s a regular visitor during the winter migration. The Grey Heron Ardea cinerea is found in small numbers in the ponds and paddy fields along the north-west coast of Borneo. Previously I saw a cinerea in its more familiar surroundings along the Thames river outside of London. I supposed with the recent icy conditions there, it would have preferred the much warmer paddies outside of my home in Kota Kinabalu.