The park is huge and it may seem easy to find the birds but it turned out that it involved hours and hours of climbing up and down, tripping on roots and rocks, getting extremely cold and wet; the total package of “patience is always a virtue.” Kota Kinabalu National Park is truly a bird haven and no questions about that, the only thing that really got me annoyed and bothered was, the number of vehicles coming up the foot of the mountain to take construction supplies, climbers, well of course we birders. When have positioned yourself in front of a bird-wave or just a single bird, then suddenly a vehicles comes with all of the noise and belching, it spooks the birds away. One can come very early morning to bird and yet it may be all the same.
As we can’t wait for Kaengkratchan National Park to open, we just have to go somewhere in which our souls can be satisfied with great lovely birds.
The Indigo Flycatcher is such a lovely bird to watch. When you have found it, in fact when it sees people, it will hang around curious just the same as us. It will display its colours and beauty as it becomes warm to one’s presence, then you take all the opportunity given to you by this flycatcher in just taking photographs in all settings to be sure for it shows up at areas in which light is not much. I tripod coould always be helpful in catching this beauty in your viewfinder.
Kota Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia
Ali Bernie Buga-ay
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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