Our last full day on the Hill, and still no sign of my Big Five most wanted! I decided to go down the road to Jeriau waterfall again, and dropped in on one little patch of forest that was alive with birds for a good hour. The Red-headed Trogons were around almost constantly, both the male and female and possible a juvenile bird as well.
The female trogon, trying to hide behind a branch
And here's the male, suitably red-headed.
Taking a closer look.
I caught this romantic couple being all lovey-dovey - Little Cuckoo Dovey to be precise!
A fern in the early morning forest light.
A little flock of Blue Nuthatches spent some time around the road, but they are so fast that they're extremely difficult to get good pics of. Here are my best attempts.
I called in at the house to see if I was being missed, but the family were into some serious mah jong, so I was able to pop out again!
I went back to the fruiting tree for a last look.
I was quite pleased with this portrait of a Mountain Bulbul.
On our last evening, my wife and I decided to have a final try for owls. On the first night I'd had a brief glimpse of a Mountain Scops Owl, but we were hoping for better. We were rewarded by a very obliging bird that came and sat in front of us four times.
The last two times it sat close and stayed for a few minutes calling. However, during the first of these, my autofocus wouldn't lock onto the bird, and I only managed a blurry shot as it flew off! Frustration!
Fortunately it came back, and I was able to use manual focus to get a reasonable shot. So - one down, four to go! Something to come back for next year!