The rain started soon after I woke up at 4 am! It was still pouring when Mun arrived at my house at 5, and when we picked Hakim up from USM, and when we arrived at Tanjung Dawai at 6.15am! It poured on till almost 8 o'clock, when the boat finally rather gingerly headed out to sea.
Ominous clouds on the horizon and a respectable 'swell' on the ocean looked promising for seabirds, but things were unusually quiet. We had two brief fly-by views of Short-tailed Shearwaters, and distant views of a group of three Parasitic or Long-tailed Jaegers, as well as sparse numbers of terns, mostly Bridled and Common with a single Whiskered. By midday, with the weather taking a turn for the worse again, we were back in port, the hunt over for the day. I can only assume that the birds had vacated the area ahead of the storm.
En route home we stopped off at Air Itam Dalam, where a Spotted Wood-owl was rather obvious, roosting in a large tree.
A Mangrove Blue Flycatcher gave fleetingly close views, but the only other photogenic bird was this Green-billed Malkoha, which eventually climbed out of the foliage to give brief views in the open.