|Sabah occupies the north-eastern corner of Borneo; Kota Kinabalu can be seen on the west coast.|
|It was a pleasant surprise to be greeted with so many trees.|
Each afternoon storms rolled in, but didn't usually last long.
|Asian Glossy Starlings Aplonis panayensis from my room balcony. |
Huge numbers are everywhere, in town and out of it, seeking fruits.
They are closely related to, and similar in appearance to, the tropical Australian Metallic Starling A. metallica.
|Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis, another widespread bird which has adapted to urban living,|
as long as there are open spaces, from India to Java.
Formerly believed to be a thrush, it is now regarded as a flycatcher.
|Much more familiar were these elegant White-breasted Woodswallows Artamus leucorynchus,found throughout much of Australia as well as Indonesia and the Philippines.|
|Views south (above) and north along Tg Aru Beach, lined with big casuarinas.|
In the photo above the proximity of the airport is evident, just across the bay.
|At sunset, at least on weekends, people flock to the beach to watch the sun set |
over the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.
|Blue-naped Parrot in casuarina. There is actually some debate as to whether the Tg Aru population of this attractive and robust parrot should be regarded as feral or whether it arrived with Cyclone Greg in 1996.|
|The population, of apparently no more than 50 birds, is seemingly limited by the supply of nesting hollows.|
|The status of the beautiful Pink-necked Green Pigeon Treron vernans is not is doubt,|
being found naturally in much of south-east Asia.
Can be in quite big flocks, including with other green pigeons.
|The Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea is another widespread and very handsome big pigeon,|
wandering to follow the fruiting trees.
|Eurasian Tree Sparrows Passer montanus, really are handsome little birds.|
|This very pretty little waxbill, Chestnut Munia Lonchura atricapilla, has a large range in|
south and south-east Asia, including throughout much of Borneo.
My first sighting of a flock of them at Tg Aru was a treat however.