I headed for the Lambir Hills about an hour’s drive from Miri and booked in for two nights at the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort.
A good place to stay with nice rooms, but the food can be a bit basic at times if you're not part of a big package group buffet. Plus take lots of bottled water as there are no shops nearby and water is not sold at the resort.
Birding in the main entrance carpark can be good at the right time of year, with pittas feeding at the jungle edges. The restaurant also has good views into the forest.
The large network of walkways is what makes the resort so good for birding, plus it's adjoins the Lambir Hills National Parks. When there are no package groups during the week, you basically have the place to yourself.
These beautiful Giant Black Bees were often flying along walkways, sounding like large bombers.
The resort has this large pond, which had fruiting plants on the edges and attracted large numbers of birds, such as Grey-bellied Bulbuls and Yellow-rumped Flowerpeckers.
Some colourful dragonflys were also in the area.
One of the best birding areas was the walkway to the waterfall for birds such as woodpeckers.
A lot of the geckos were hiding along the rafters of the walkways, including this one.
Black and Red Broadbill
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Crested Serpent Eagle
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Silver-rumped Spinetail (Needletail)
Prevost’s Squirrel (subspecies caroli)
Green Crested Lizard Bronchocela cristatella
Smith’s Giant Gecko Gekko smithii
Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus
Three-keeled Ground Skink Mabaya rudis
Many-scaled Litter Skink Sphenomorphus multisquamalus
Horsfield’s Gliding Gecko Ptychozoon horsfieldii
Malayan Softshell Turtle Amyda cartilaginea