Rhinoceros Hornbills were not seen or heard last Sunday despite 5 hours of waiting at their usual spot from as early as 7:30 in the morning! :(
But fortunately quite a number of species turned up to cheer me up and it was quite a special day indeed as 5 Trogons were sighted along the main bunker trail, two pairs of Scarlet-rumped Trogons and a male Diard's Trogon.
Diard's Trogon (Harpactes diardii)
Kesumba Bukit *
Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythrophthalmos)
Merbah Mata Merah Kecil *
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)
Cenuk Kecil *
A female Philentoma made a 5sec appearance here but it was not seen again, and it actually led us into this trail to search for it and luckily the Scarlet-rumped Trogons were sighted perching quietly ~20' from my setup.
Kesumba Puteri* * コシアカキヌバネドリ
The Red-crowned Barbets are probably the most common and friendly among all the barbet species in Panti. If you play calls and they don't show up it is probably your wrong choice of mp3 player and speaker!
Five of them came feeding on a fruiting three and I must admit it was my first sighting of 5 RCBs in Panti. Often you get to see them as an individual. Calling other species tends to attract them as well, so it is that easy!
Red-crowned Barbet (Megalaima rafflesii)
Takur Kepala Merah *
By noon another pair of SRTs were sighted just by the side of the dirt road at low level 50m before the White-crowned Forktail's Corner! And this pair were more friendly than the earlier ones as they stay put despite we set up our gear barely 15' away in front of them. I believe they were just waiting for the right moment to mate!
A birder from USA must be glad and excited to have met us while we were photographing the SRTs and our conversation attracted the attention of a female Banded Kingfisher, whom perched right above us for a brief moment before disappearing into the forest. The male BKF was calling nearby but was not sighted.
Banded Kingfisher (Lacedo pulchella)
Pekaka Rimba *
@White-crowned Forktail Corner! Waiting anxiously for the male BKF to show up! :(
As usual, a trip to Panti without checking out the First Stream is a "no no" for me! 8 Duskys were already waiting on my arrival and this time they perched lower, they made less noise and I was waiting patiently for them to surprise me....
Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus)
Takau Besar *
And eventually, this particular Dusky made the unusual low pass and perched barely 5' above my head! Unbelievable!