Once completely covered in primary rain forest there is now virtually none left. This huge island has been logged, burned and cleared of its once beautiful natural environment. The national park at Gunung Gadang is about the only trace left in Sarawak. It is preserved largely because of the rafflesia plant with it's huge flower. I would like to have spent more time here as I believe this is where the best birds would be found in Sarawak, however it is not really recognised as a birding destination. Most of the guides are ignorant of the riches around them, preferring to just march people to look at the flower when it is in bloom.
Below is a shot of a Bornean Bearded Pig swimming across the Kalibantang River. We encountered this huy while on a boat trip and I must say it impressed me with the speed and strength of its swimming, fast and straight, using its longish snout as a snorkel.
Squirrels are very numerous in the forests and woodlands on Borneo, here are a couple that I snapped while looking for birds.
Skinks are a faily common sight in the forests and I did record a couple, the Striped Tree Skink above and the nicely named Many-lined Sun Skink below. Named I presume because of the varied lines of coloured scales along its back.
The feature of the lizard below that attracted my attention was its very large blue eyes. This is a Bornean Anglehead Lizard, quite a handsome species.
Here are a couple of very poor shots of two birds that I did not include in the main blog. The Blue-winged Leafbird is worthy of inclusion as it was a lifer for me. I have seen White-breasted Woodswallows before but thought the photo was just good enough to post here.
This is not a bad shot of a Collared Kingfisher so I thought I would include it even though it's a common enough bird that I had already included in the main blog.
If you have ever wondered what your black pepper looks like on the plant, well here it is, a stem of peppers that will change colour and dry out to end up being ground in a pepper pot.
Finally a shot of our band of happy birders at Borneo Highlands. Elena and I on the left, Ron and Eileen, Bob and two friends complete the picture.
Retired seafarer living in Frigiliana, a white village in Malaga Province in southern Spain. Married to Elena. Keen bird and wildlife watchers.
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