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Big Drummer

White-bellied Woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis): Sukau, Malaysia (Borneo) The rain was finally easing up, after an extraordinary morning downpour. All around me the tropical foliage was glistening as droplets slipped and splashed their way to the forest floor. Our little battery-powered boat chugged down the Mennangul, a tributary of the great, greasy Kinabatangan River in northern … Read more Big Drummer

Amber Assassin

Grey-headed Bushshrike (Malaconotus blanchoti), Nelspruit, South Africa A series of strange, mechanical noises coming from the tree canopy outside my window had me out of my seat and peering into the foliage. Two clear clapping notes followed by a hollow, drawn-out whistle. I scanned the branches of the large White Stinkwood but nothing moved. Silence. And … Read more Amber Assassin

The Eight Hornbills of Borneo

On a recent trip to Borneo (Malaysian state of Sabah) I encountered all eight species of hornbill known to occur on this, the world’s third largest island. These magnificent, long-lived birds depend upon mature rainforest and the populations of almost all species have declined dramatically in recent decades as forests have been logged or cleared. … Read more The Eight Hornbills of Borneo

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