Buff-banded Rail

Buff-banded Rail by Ck Leong

It was two years ago today when my friend and bird photographer Karim Madoya took photos of the first Buff-banded Rail Gallirallus philippensis in Borneo.  Since then this illusive bird has been seen on different occasions by local birders, most recently in the paddy fields of Penampang near Kota Kinabalu.  The birds we saw were typically secretive, appearing only during dawn and dusk.  However luck was with me with this very confiding bird, preening itself after having taken a dip in the nearby pool.  I must say it is a most welcomed addition to the birds of Borneo.


  1. Susan Myers says:

    Great photo CK! Has anyone been seeing this over in the east? I think I may have seen one on the Sukau road…

  2. CK Leong says:

    Hi Susan, We haven’t had any report yet from the east coast, other from yours. I’ll ask the regulars to be on the lookout.

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