Long-tailed Broadbill

Long-tailed Broadbill by Ck Leong

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.