Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sabahtical - Day 5 - Transitions

Except for a slightly bumpy plane ride from Sandakan our return to Kota Kinabalu went smoothly. The very nice young man who drove us to Kinabalu Park told that it had been raining the past few days.

"It will stop because we're here now" we assured him.

As we neared our destination, the sun peeped through the clouds. "Sunlight!" our driver seemed to be surprised.

The staff at the Kinabalu Park Reception area was efficient as usual and we were soon checking in at our room at the Hill Lodge. I unpacked my gear and we headed to the Liwagu restaurant for lunch. 

We chose the veranda area so we could photograph the birds that frequent the nearby trees. Except there were no birds at all! We blamed it on the soft drizzle that started as soon as we ordered our food.

One hour later and still no birds! I wandered over to the bigger veranda and saw one Black-capped White-eye. Just one.

After lunch Cynthia and I went to the grounds behind the restaurant building. Two years ago, this place was teeming with Temminck's Sunbirds, Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrushes, Indigo Flycatchers and even Black-sided Flowerpeckers. But today not a single bird appeared.

It was raining steadily when we returned to our room. Along the way an intrepid Chestnut-crested Yuhinas braved the downpour.

We spent the rest of the afternoon resting and hoping that the weather would be better tomorrow.

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