Enjoy guide Rose Ann Rowlett's slideshow of beautiful images from one of our tours, with photos from her own collection as well as from Richard Webster and several participants. And read about the discovery in Borneo of a new species of flowerpecker by Richard and Rose Ann in this PDF file from the Oriental Bird Club's BirdingASIA publication.
From a naturalist's viewpoint, Borneo is one of the richest places on Earth. Its lowland rainforest is not only the oldest and among the most diverse, but the tallest as well. Towering above these ancient dipterocarp forests, to more than 13,000 feet, is majestic Mt. Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea and the upper tip of the largest batholith on Earth. Its montane forests support a mix of species of Himalayan, Australasian, and tropical affinities--oaks, eucalypts, magnolias, rhododendrons, figs, ferns, pitcher plants, and orchids of incredible diversity.
Its fauna is equally diverse in form, from "flying" frogs, lizards, and squirrels to Proboscis Monkeys, Orangutans, and Bornean Pygmy Elephants. Its birds include a host of rare and little-known endemics, from the bizarre Bornean Bristlehead (a monotypic family) and the monotypic Fruit-hunter to shy pittas and wren-babblers and the dazzling Whitehead's Trogon. The forests ring with the calls of hornbills, barbets, broadbills, babblers, and bulbuls, sometimes joined by the haunting hollering of gibbons. The diversity of birds is surpassed only in lowland Amazonia; the beauty of the avifauna is unsurpassed!
Our tour will focus on three prime areas in the northeastern state of Sabah: the Kinabatangan River, Borneo Rainforest Lodge in the Danum Valley, and Kinabalu Park. We'll have time to enjoy not only a high proportion of the nearly 40 endemic birds, but a plethora of more widespread birds and other wildlife of classic Asian affinities.
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