Pygmy White-eyes at Borneo Jungle Girl Camp in Trus Madi Forest Reserve

High-pitched “tsee-tsee…”-calls come from the low canopy of trees. A flock of Pygmy White-eyes (Heleia squamifron) roam through the trees in search of small fruits and small berries and maybe some tiny insects. During our stay in the hills and mountains of Borneo, ranging from Mount Kinabalu to the Kelabit Chain but especailly in the Crocker Range inside the Trus Madi Forest Reserve flocks of 5–12 of these very special White-eyes oftern associated with White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca) and Chestnut-crested Yuhina (Staphida everetti) was a daily encounter. As these birds forage normally in crowns of tall trees more than images-of-proof are not possible.

So I was lucky to see some 3 individuals fast-moving in edge vegetation behind the washrooms of the Borneo Jungle Girl Camp. They were not settling for long, but approached the photographer very closely in the dense scrub of the deep slope just behind the houses.

Normally I was there to shoot images of Temminck’s Sunbird (Aethopyga temminckii), which were plentiful at red flowers of a hibiscus, maybe of the species Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis. But the  photos of Pygmy White-eyes were highly appreciated as well.

After myriads of shots of in the low light of the jungle of Bulwer’s Pheasant (Lophura bulweri), Bornean Banded Pitta (Hydrornis schwaneri) and the Dayak Blue Flycatcher (Cyornis montanus), some images of birds in the open were more than welcome.

In order to meet the growing demand for top images of the rarer species of Palaearctic has specifically made trips to remote places. Additionally every chance is used, if a rare bird is around the homeground. This to do everything to ensure excellent photos of the Birds of the Western Palearctic. The yield of pictures also of rare Western Palaearctic birds is very good. There are other nice images of birds, that you will find behind the tab “Picture Shop“. Just give a notice if you need a picture of a bird which is not online.

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