Despite my entirely unsuccessful forays onto the Bukit Ular Trail last year, it was there that I had to start my attempts to get the Kinabalu specialities this time, and I wasn't disappointed.
My first bird of the morning was an Everett's Thrush feeding on the trail in the pre-dawn gloom, followed by the same or another a short way further up the trail. In between, an immature male Siberian Robin tail-shivered on the trail floor. I arrived at the 500m marker and sat to see what would appear. Amazingly, another Everett's Thrush hopped across the trail (but still no photo opportunities!), and then I heard the distinctive rattling call of a Whitehead's Broadbill, and suddenly there was a pair right overhead!
On my way back down, I came across a pair of Orange-backed Woodpeckers. Here's the male.
And the female.
A small party of Short-tailed Green Magpies came to investigate me.
Yellow-breasted Warblers are common but nonetheless always worth watching!
By 9am The Bukit Ular trail had delivered up several of its star birds, and I decided to try my luck further down the mountain.
The top end of the Silau-silau trail hosted a small party of Mountain Wren-Babblers.
And a little further down, my first Whitehead's Trogon - a female.
Later, back on the Bukit Ular Trail, I met another female...
...and disappointingly distant but nevertheless splendid, a male.
A couple of other birds seen during the day - a Chestnut-headed Laughingthrush - recently split from the Chestnut-capped of Peninsular Malaysia...
...and a couple of pairs of White-crowned Forktails.