Trip to Kinabalu National Park (KNP)

Asian Brown Flycatcher (juvenile) found it searching for food on the floor.

Asian Brown Flycatcher (juvenile) front view

Asian Brown Flycatcher (Adult), this adult was seen feeding the juvenile

Temmick’s sunbird (female)
Always seen and captured the male at KNP and this is the first time, taken a nice picture of the female

Short-tailed Green Magpie.
This bird is the common resident at KNP, it makes loud calls while foraging.

Chestnut-hooded Laughing Thrush

Scarlet-Breasted Flowerpecker
Seen this bird many times, and this is the 1st time getting a proper shot.

Little Pied Flycatcher (male)

Bornean Whistler


Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker

Using Canon 5D Mk3, EF 100-400mm Lens, ISO1600, F/9.0, 1/640

This bird was taken this morning at my backyard.  It flew to the mango tree and perch there for a while with enough time for me to take a clear shot on handheld.  This common resident is about 9 cm in size.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) is a species of passerine bird in the flowerpecker family Dicaeidae. Sexually dimorphic, the male has navy blue upperparts with a bright red streak down its back from its crown to its tail coverts, while the female and juvenile are predominantly olive green. It is found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and occasionally gardens in a number of countries throughout South and East Asia.

Yellow-Rumped Flowerpecker

Using Canon 7D 800mm Lens, ISO800, 1/80, Av, f6.3

A lifer for me today, as this is one of the Endemic species to Borneo.

Yellow-Rumped Flowerpecker (Prionochilus xanthopygius) – 9cm.  Seen this bird many times at Sugud, Penampang. but can’t get a good shot of it. Reason being, its small and like to move around brushes which give me no time at all to focus on it.  I get this 2 shots because I’m at the right place and  at the right time (focus of it real quick).

Yellow-rumped is very similar to Crimson-Breasted Flowerpecker, the differentiation is that Crimson-Breasted (both male and female) have distinctive white moustache (white malar stripe) on the side of face and no yellow rump.  In the pictures, its the same bird, and it looks like either a female or juvenile Yellow-rumped flowerpecker as the blue plumage is not so strong.

They feed on wide variety of small berries, nectar and insects.


After missing them for sometime,  these little birds are back to feed on the belly tree at by backyard. When I hear the chit chit chit chit sound, I know they are back. There I standby my camera at my backyard and waited for them.  There comes the Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum), both male and female.  They stayed for a little while just enough time for me to take a record shot of them.  The striking deep red color at the back of the male help to identify them quickly.  As for the female, only its rump display the red color. They are very shy bird. After managed for a record shot, they flew away and didn’t make another visit to the belly tree.

Scarlet backed flowerpecker (male)

Scarlet backed Flowerpecker (female)

Not long after the scarlet backed flowerpecker leave, there come the Orange-Belled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma). To me, they made a louder noise then the earlier species.  Always the male’s body are more colorful. It has striking orange color on its belly with a grey_blue neck.