Birdwatching

Port Fairy Pelagic Trip

Pelagic birds are a subset of seabirds that spend all their lives far out at sea, only coming into land to breed and are best seen via specialist ‘pelagic bird trips’.  Like most wildlife experiences, part of the attraction is the uncertainty of what may been seen but the possibilities included albatross, petrels, shearwaters plus a […]


Sulawesi’s Endemic Kingfishers

Sulawesi has been described as the “Kingfisher Capital of the World’ and kingfishers are certainly one of the big draws for bird- and nature-watchers.  A total of 9 species can be seen at the right times and of these, 5 are endemic to Sulawesi. I was fortunate enough to see all 5 of the endemic […]


Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouths are a species of frogmouth found throughout the Australian mainland.  They hunt at night but spend the day roosting on a dead log or branch, staying very still and upright to blend in.  Like all frogmouths, their camouflage is excellent and spotting them during the day can be a big challenge! Fortunately, there […]


Life in the canopy

Sepilok offers visiting wildlife enthusiasts an unparalleled opportunity to get a different perspective on rainforest life – a chance to get up in the canopy and watch things at eye level. Being in the tree-tops not only changes the perspective of things observable from ground level, it also allows you to see things that would […]


A stroke of luck!

After spending days, if not weeks, spent searching for and staking out pittas in the steamy, leech infested jungles of Taman Negara for very little return, I was cursing all those who had written trip reports boasting of ‘mind-boggling views of a confiding pitta’. Pittas must be on the shortlist of all birders visiting South […]


Borneo Trip Report – 26th February to 4th March 2013: Part II SEPILOK

Continued from PART I Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs PART II:  Sepilok 1st March 2013 The next few days were going to be spent at the Rainforest Discovery Centre – a boon for wildlife photographers with its wide trails, towers and canopy walkways.  The area is not huge but a few days there really gives a […]


Borneo Trip Report – 26th February to 4th March 2013: Part I Mt Kinabalu and Poring Hot Springs

I had a last minute opportunity to go to Borneo for a week at the end of March.  There are numerous good spots for birdwatching, but one of the best places for photography, in my opinion, is the Sepilok area.  I was able to get a reasonable priced flight to Kota Kinabalu (KK) but connecting […]


Sri Lanka Trip Report – Jan/Feb 2013 (PART II)

Continued from Sri Lanka Trip Report – Jan/Feb 2013 (PART I) 31st January 2013 – Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains An early start the next day to arrive at the Horton Plains National Park entrance for it opening to give us the best chance of seeing the whistling thrush. Around the gate in the first light […]


Sri Lanka Trip Report – Jan/Feb 2013 (PART I)

SRI LANKA TRIP REPORT – JAN / FEB 2013 Written by:  David Hill & Chris Hill SUMMARY: – 15 night trip to Sri Lanka between 25th January 2013 and 9th February 2013 – Key objectives were to see all the Sri Lankan endemic birds and also enjoy whale watching and leopard spotting – All objectives […]


Sri Lanka’s Endemic Birds

Sri Lanka is a popular destination for  traveling birdwatchers with healthy population of endemic birds – up to 33 can be seen (the actual number varies depending on which classification system you want to use!). During a two week visit in January /February 2013, our primary target was to see all 33 and then obviously […]


Scarlet Rumped Trogon – Display

Scarlet Rumped Trogon – Display During a visit to Taman Negara in October 2012, I encountered a mixed bird wave which included an immature Scarlet Rumped Trogon.  The unusual thing was that the trogon repeatedly performed a dramatic fanning of it’s tail whilst making a call I had not heard before. The call was as […]