I’ve been in Brunei (the 3rd country within Borneo island) on and off for the past 2 weeks now and one of my favourite sights besides one of the world’s cheapest oil (B$0.53 a liter for petrol) is the sight of the amazing and beautiful wild hornbill bird.
In Sarawak, the state logo has the picture of a hornbill bird but ask any of the locals if they have seen any wild hornbills and it’ll be in the negative.
Apparently they are ‘extinct’ in the Malaysian parts but still thriving across the border of Brunei.
Of all my sightings of wild hornbills, they have all been sighted in Brunei! How terribly unfortunate to not have them on the motherland 😦
The most amazing sight I have seen was when there were 17 hornbills perched on a big tree right outside a friend’s house I was staying in Brunei 2 days ago. What a sight to behold!
Hornbills usually fly in pairs (female and male) so if you find one, you are bound to see another one close by. They also can only be sighted in the early morning before the sun gets too hot and in the evening when dusk is about to arrive.
These Oriental Pied Hornbills are black, with both white abdomen and flanks with white wing-tips. Their call is a clattering laugh (which I’ve not heard so far yet).
As their bodies are rather big, they have a rather distinct pattern of flying to conserve energy I suppose. Which is to flap-flap-flap before it glides across the air. This helps to distinguish the hornbill bird from other birds!
Here are some of the photographs that was taken of the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) birds outside the house:
This is the male hornbill, the size of its crown on top of its beak is more prominent than the female.
I had my binoculars on…and watched these 4 hornbills perched on a tree playing with each other! They are so beautiful up close.
One of the best shots taken that day, it is…The Thinking Hornbill 😀
Have a lovely weekend all, and if you are in Borneo and specifically in Brunei…hopefully you get a glimpse of the rare hornbill bird!
♥ P E A C H E S