Copyright © 2016 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Whitehead’s Trogon (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Whitehead’s Trogon or Harpactes whiteheadi is a bird endemic to the island of Borneo and its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is obviously threatened by habitat loss as around Kota Kinabalu Park, mountains are denuded and replaced with some other kinds of trees.

Our experience at Kinabalu Park was really a memorable one and we went up to the entrance of the trail to climb the mountain everyday so we could start from there finding our target birds. Sometime of the day we went in and walked on trails to find other species that are not seen on the paved road sides. Rain and drizzle, cold and fog, were our daily obstacle and we just had to get ready all the time so we could protect our photography gear all the time. The Whitehead’s Trogon was found by Harry Miller, our friend who invited us to join them in Kinabalu, and we all scampered to take shots before they have moved further in the forest.

Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Malaysia
October 20, 2016
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR



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