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Owls of Borneo

Owls of Borneo

When you go out at night looking for mammals there are certain birds that you might encounter as well: owls! Owls are never very easy to see, but if you spend a lot of hours at night usually you get lucky a few times. I managed to capture five species quite nicely. The sixth: a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica) didn’t pose very well. Luckily the one I liked the most did: a beautiful Barred Eagle Owl (Bubo sumatranus)!

This is the largest on Borneo ocurring owl and it is an endemic subspecies as well (ssp. tenuifasciatus). During my ten nights 7 hours a night driving through Deramakot I heard this owl quite often, but getting to see it was not so easy. In the end I only had one good sighting, but that one was enough!

Another species I encountered rather often in Deramakot was the Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica). Not a bad owl to look at as well!

When I went out at night on the Kinabatangan river, there was no escaping the Buffy Fish Owl. So this was not a rare species, but a beautiful owl for sure!

The species that took me more effort was the Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius). I didn’t manage to see it on the first night, but thanks to the skills of the local guide I did on the second night. What a beautiful little owl!

The funny thing was that I saw at on the third night as well, completely by chance after we had just seen a Flat-headed Cat!


Want to read the story of the Flat-headed Cat as well? Click here! A warning though: the pictures are not so good…

Rather view some better pics of cats that might speak more to the imagination? Click here for Sunda Clouded Leopard, Marbled Cat or Sunda Leopard Cat!

For those that prefer birds over cats, here is a link to the search for the very elusive Bornean Ground Cuckoo!


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