We have always thought of coming to Kota Kinabalu National Park to climb Mt. Kinabalu which is a dream climb for all Southeast Asian mountain climbers. It was the highest mountain in the Southeast Asia not until a rumored mountain in Myanmar has been discovered by Burmese climbers and explorers. Well, we are here birding not climbing, but trekking almost all the trails for day treks and the trails are just fantastic.
Harry and Neth are great birding friends and we first met in Khao Dinsor in October, 2015. We we set up to bird again in Kaengkratchan last April 2016, and now in Borneo, Sabah, Kota Kinabalu.
BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS
There are just so many birds at the Kota Kinabalu National Park, but it is not an easy thing to find them and the park is huge.
The first day we drove up to the gate of the starting point of climbing Mt. Kinabalu. Birds were already there right away. Our first guest was the Common Green Magpie, Cuckoo Doves, Ashy Wagtail, Sunda Bush Warblers, Yellow Breasted Warblers, Minivets, Fantails and more.
THE HIKE DOWN
We hiked going down to find more birds with the intention to find the elusive Fruit Hunter, if we could be lucky. We stayed and waited with other birders at the location and it did not show up. Going down we found three raptors and one flew right in front of us crossing the road.
We decided to eat lunch which was also our breakfast and dinner; while eating, something like a Pied Flycatcher showed up right up the trees opposite the restaurant where we were eat on the s, and we stopped eating to take some shots.
We found the Whistling Thrush, the Bornean Treepie (not sure of the name), Torqueus Flycatcher, and many more smal