But i wanted the Rhinoceros Hornbill, at least for some improvement shots....
By 8:30am, 8 of them came to the same tree as sighted previously, but i had just walked almost 200m away a few mins ago! By the time i rushed back, they were starting to leave one by one! :(
5 Chestnut-bellied Malkohas came to entertain me just as i was pondering if the hornbills would change their mind and fly right back to the same tree again. Interestingly the Malkohas were busy mating and hopping around non-stop, and i was only allowed two shots, without the mating scene of course!
Chestnut-bellied Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus sumatranus)
Cenuk Kecil *
Two Asian Brown flycatchers were near the scene as well, but they were extremely skittish.....
@ the first stream....
The Dusky Broadbills, Chequer-throated Woodpeckers and Racket-tailed Drongos were already waiting by the side by the time i reached the first stream, which is ~5km into the main bunker trail.
Dusky Broadbill (Corydon sumatranus)
Takau Besar *
Chequer-throated Woodpecker (Picus mentalis)
Belatuk Ranting *
@100m after the first stream.......
The calls of white-rumped Shama is probably the most frequently heard in Panti forest, but they are not always seen though.
White-rumped Shama (Copsychus malabaricus)
Murai Rimba *
So when a WR Shama was seen singing in the open, I setup my gear quickly, took some shots, then walk a round leisurely to enjoy some fresh air leaving the Shama singling on its own, and I suddenly saw this Red-naped Trogon just 10' in front of me.
Unfortunately just one quick shot it flew into the forest....guess it must be mad at me for not taking its picture earlier!
i made several attempts later to lure the RNT out again, but instead I got a flock of Tailorbirds and Pin-striped Tit-babblers came begging for some portraits...these are small and active birds and getting them in frame alone is a real challenge.
Striped Tit Babbler (Macronous gularis)
Rimba Berjalur *
Dark-necked Tailorbird (Orthotomus atrogularis)
Perenjak Leher Hitam *
And on my way out the trail, i was hoping to catch a glimpse of the hornbills again but i got these instead, around 100m after the Elephant Trail.
Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo