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    • HeatherY
      Wonderful shots so far and can’t wait to see what follows. I’ll patiently wait to hear about your time at Lion Camp, which started the day we left. 
    • John M.
      What a strange situation. Somebody or something in the past must have encouraged the guide/tracker to think that was OK.    Our experiences were ones of teamwork and companionship, no need to discuss do's and dont's with any of our guides. For example, one  helped me when I needed a heavy lens in a hurry; another time, I operated the spotlight so the guide could concentrate on the steering wheel at night; and my wife and her guide exchanged letters months later about his progress with photography.    I'm sure such small things have enhanced the trips of many STers. I'm gobsmacked by your experience @Zubbie15
    • Kitsafari
      What a brilliant doggie feast you had! they're always special. and you saw 3 of my most favourite antelopes - sable, roan and kudu - all in a single trip. Thanks for taking the time to do the TR - never fails to awaken the desire to go back to Botswana in the green season - so many places to go, and too little time (and funds!) to do so.  Glad your kids had a great time!
    • Atravelynn
      Creatures from another world. Maybe even an unrecorded one.    Very stately White-crowned Hornbill.
    • Kitsafari
      That certainly looks similar to the Barred Eagle Owl, my favourite owl species in Singapore. They are on the IUCN Redlist's near threatened status.    Very interesting developments on your unusual civet,  @johnweir !   So between Deramakot and Tabin, if I had a choice for only one, which would you recommend and why, please? for mammals mainly, and for birds.  
    • Atravelynn
      "Where's the action?" could be the Quote of the Trip!  The action was the photographer(s) choosing the proper settings, composing and snapping.  Lovely shots.  We all like your topi.   Your actions with the camera grabbing guide were fine and hopefully conveyed an important message. 
    • Hads
      Thanks @madaboutcheetah- we definately had a wonderful trip, many fantastic memories made  
    • johnweir
      At Tabin Wildlife Reserve we saw several species we had already recorded and photographed. One of our target species the Sabah (Grey) Grizzled Langur was not realised despite a concerted effort but we did manage a sighting of some North Borneo Gibbons (also known as East Bornean Grey Gibbon). We were told that a Gibbon sighting was almost guaranteed if we did the early morning guided walk in the resort grounds. For the first morning apparently in months the Gibbons failed to turn up, we heard them but could not catch them up despite walking miles. We went back to our chalet for a rest and within minutes there was a knock on the door and our excited guide indicated that several Gibbons were actually above our chalet in some very tall trees. Getting decent images proved impossible due to vegetation cover and direct sunlight. NORTH BORNEO (GREY) GIBBON, asleep directly above our chalet we could have enjoyed 3 hours longer in bed had we known they would eventually pay us a visit. At least we had a sighting and some record shots. Being in the company of Gibbons is always an exhilarating and noisy experience. Wonderful primates.   Our night drives were described as extended night drives and usually started around 20.30 and finished around midnight. (Tame after Deramakot). We also went out late afternoons 16.00 until 19.00, the following images were taken during these drives. I will try to reflect the diversity of wildlife we enjoyed whist at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. On one of the night drives we enjoyed an extraordinary sighting, I will concentrate on that later in this section of my report. I would point out that we saw numerous Sunda Leopard Cats, usually at dusk crossing the track between the main rainforest and the palm oil plantations surrounding the reserve. It has been reported that the smaller Cats in particular find hunting rodents easier in the plantations than the forests, due to lack of ground cover.   BROWN WOOD OWL.   PAINTED MOCK VIPER. Non-venomous. They are described as ambush predators associated with vegetation overhanging waterbodies. That is exactly what this one was doing, it was positioned on a thin branch overhanging a small pond. This one was circa 60cm in length and was relatively thin bodied.   BORNEAN COLUGO. This was a good sighting as it was relatively close to the track. Probably a male based on colouration. They are referred to in Borneo as Flying Lemurs, they are very unlike the Lemurs we have seen.    WATER MONITOR, it was good to see one swimming and not in a tree.    BARRED EAGLE OWL, it is always great to see an owl resting during the day. I am not a 100% sure about this ID. Please advise if I am wrong, it does appear to have ear tufts.   RHINOCEROS HORNBILL. The same species taken at night, we didn't see many Hornbills resting at night in fact I think this was the only one.   PIG-TAILED MACAQUE. Very common in Tabin more so than Long-tailed Macaques. Quite nervous. Juvenile female. Dominant male. We unfortunately woke this one up. It was spotted sleeping in the pam oil plantation.   WHITE-CROWNED HORNBILL.   Another RED GIANT FLYING SQUIRREL, what is unusual is that it was the only one we saw during the daytime, 16.30. The image is also a good example of how most of the smaller mammal sightings appear without the use  of a zoom lens. RED GIANT FLYING SQUIRREL. As normally seen.   GREATER MOUSEDEER, briefly seen in the resort grounds. BLACK-AND-RED BROADBILL. Not a particularly good image as it looks like a bird with 2 bills, it is actually 2 birds.   ISLAND PALM CIVET, as previously seen at other locations visited. Certainly the most common Civet sp. at Tabin.   BUSHY-CRESTED HORNBILLS. The only Hornbill species we saw that gathered in groups rather than pairs. Bushy-crested Hornbills, these 10 were part of a flock of 32 individuals.     FILE-EARED TREE FROGS.   CRESTED SERPENT-EAGLE.   ORIENTAL PIED HORNBILL.   A VERY UNUSUAL AND RARE CIVET SIGHTING. On one of the night drives at around 21.30  a Civet was spotted foraging in a palm tree at the side of the track, forest side. When we started to get a good look at it I initially thought it was a Masked Civet, due to its white face. However other morphological features did not fit with the species. The body colour was wrong, Masked Civets are rufous coloured and it also lacked a white tip to the tail.  The unusual Civet, most of the images in this section appeared in a short report on mammalwatching.com when I was appealing for some ID suggestions. Feedback from a variety of scholarly sources and interest in this mammal has been incredible. We left the sighting with Civet sp? in the notebook. The guides were at a loss, I sent Mike the images he thought it was 'weird'. Initially hybridisation was mentioned, but there appears to be very little recorded data on the subject, it was eventually thought to be most unlikely. Numerous suggestions were made and a concrete ID began to take traction when Jen Hooper  (The Civet Project), Daniel Wilcox (IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group) and Jon Hall (MW.com) got involved. Thanks to them for their efforts. BORNEAN STRIPED PALM CIVET. This species was repeatedly mentioned, but it has a black face (as above) and usually has stripes on its back. Ours had no stripes and was plain dark grey on its back with a light grey belly.  The unusual Civet. Compare this Civet with the one below. This was taken in Deramakot and is a typical Bornean Striped Palm Civet. Shortly after we got home Mike sent me the image below which was taken in Tabin 10 days after we left. Is this the same Civet we saw? It certainly could be. However it appears more heavily built. I think it is fatter in the face than our Civet.    Eventually after much discussion the general consensus of opinion as expressed by Daniel Wilcox was: " It is most likely a Small-toothed Palm Civet (Bornean Striped Palm Civet) . The Sundiac forms of this species are very different from those found in e.g.Thailand. I am confused though; all the forms of STPC I have sen in Malaysian Borneo are dark-faced: why is this one so light in colour? I know a potential hybrid has been suggested (with Masked Civet); the levels of hybridisation between Civet sp aren't really known, so it is a possibility. The length of the tail and the shape and position of the ears strongly indicates Small-toothed Palm Civet but it is definitely odd for the species. To counter the hybrid suggestion, there is a lot of basically undocumented variation within Civet sp. populations, and this could easily be a previously unknown pelage variant for STPC. So basically this is possibly an unrecorded colour morph of the (STPC) Bornean Striped Palm Civet and is indeed a very rare sighting. It just goes to show how amateur wildlife enthusiasts can make a contribution to our knowledge of the natural world.   NEXT: Final instalment, Danum Valley and trip overview.
    • janzin
      Wow, a guide or tracker grabbing one's camera without first asking permission is definitely out of line. In fact I'm not even crazy about a guide using his own camera, unless they are very cautious about not being in the way and not in any way interfering with a sighting. I would have put my foot down about that in no uncertain terms. Honestly I've never heard of such a thing happening on safari!   Your daughter looks like a pro photographer already
    • janzin
      Too many!! About 18K photos to start but I whittled it down to about 4800 photos.  And only processed under a hundred I think.
    • Zubbie15
      Eventually we located the Offbeat pride of lions, who at the time were still doing their best rock impressions by all lying around.  Luckily they were out in the open, and as the sun started going down they became active. We remained with them until it was completely dark, enjoying their antics even though by the end it was hard to see much of what was going on.  Here's a minor lion photo dump!              
    • Zubbie15
      Thanks @Towlersonsafari, the high-speed of current cameras certainly allows you to pick from a variety of poses, I guess the one leg up pose appeals to me.   @Biko, yes it was kind of odd.  I really do think they were trying to be helpful, but it was rather interesting especially when they were asking how to adjust the camera!  I probably should have told them to stop, but my Canadian politeness didn't allow it (and to be fair whenever I needed the camera it was quick to get it back from them). 
    • Biko
      that’s rather weird - a guide grabbing and using your camera. Very unpolite, to put it mildly. 
    • Towlersonsafari
      I do like your Cat photos-and how you got them all-apart from the cheetah-to slightly raise one paw!  looking forward to the rest of your report @Zubbie15
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