Our last day, and I decided to start by repeating my walk of yesterday evening, down the road from the Gate.
At dawn birds were coming into the power station compound to feed on the insects attracted to the lights used the previous night. Among them were Bornean Treepies, Ashy Drongos and a pair of Bornean Whistling Thrushes.
Along the road my attention was drawn to a song that sounds a bit like the start of a car alarm. I'd been hearing it since the first day, but attempts to draw the singer out into the open had proved futile so far. I rather half-heartedly tried to imitate the call, and this time the response was immediate. A Sunda Bush Warbler came straight out looking for his competitor. I'd seen several before this, but this was the first time I'd managed to get uninterrupted views.
A Sunda Bush Warbler at point blank range!
A short way along there was another movement by the roadside and this time, the skulker proved to be a Mountain Wren babbler.
A rear view ...
And one to show what the front looks like.
Since there seemed to be more bird activity than usual I decided to give the BUT one last try - my 6th attempt - I must be a sucker for punishment! Once again the horseflies descended, once again the forest seemed totally devoid of life, till I came round a corner to find a pair of Crimson-headed Partridges on the trail ahead of me. They scurried off fairly smartly, and then reappeared briefly further along the trail. No photos but I got a good look through the bins, and I felt the BUT had redeemed itself - well, at least partly! Here's a rare picture taken in the field.
I returned to the road and continued my descent with good looks at a number of birds.
This Golden-naped Barbet was one of a number of barbets feeding in a fig tree by the road.
This Mountain Imperial Pigeon had chosen a nest site right next to the road.
A view of part of the summit - a pair of outcrops known as 'The Donkey's Ears'
A closer view of the top of Kedamaian waterfall.
Further down the road I had a rush of blood and decided to attempt the Kiau View trail. Needless to say, this proved to be a mistake. In addition to the usual low density of birds, the trail was now extra wet and slippery due to last night's rain.
I managed to add one bird to our trip total, which proved to be the last of the trip - a male Jambu Fruit Dove.
These are really smart birds - it's just not a very good picture!
So our trip total ended on 172 species, which, considering we really only spent time at two sites, and it wasn't the migration season, wasn't too bad. No Whitehead's, but good views of the Partridge, and plenty to come back for!