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14 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Friday, April 18, 2014

Birding With Y Bird Japan Group Part V

12th - 17th April

The dry weather affected some of the sighting at Sepilok and Kinabatangan River such as Banded Kingfisher, White-bellied Woodpecker and Storm's Stork. But nevertheless, Bornean Bristlehead and Hooded Pitta showed itself well for my group led by Ken Tanaka. Bonus was a mother and juvenile Orang Utan too! Total list was 116 :D

Taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x and Nikon V1 + 10-30mm VR

Mount Kinabalu seen from the plane in the morning to Sandakan

Buffy Fish Owl

The commonest Crested Serpent Eagle at the river

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Malaysian Blue Flycatcher

Oriental Darter

Orang Utan

 Common Palm Civet

Bushy-crested Hornbill

 Buffy Fish Owl

Happy birding!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

KK Rugby League 2013 1st Leg

5th - 6th April 2014

There were 8 competing teams from Kota Kinabalu for Division I and II and opening match was between Sabah Warriors vs Osca then followed by KK Shark vs UiTM Barbarians on Saturday. It was raining on Sunday, so quite a classy games between Kepayan Tigers vs Karamunsing Monsters and Pride vs UMS Rafflesia. 2nd legs would commence from the 12th-13th April.

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x and D300s + 24-85mm

Sabah Warriors (10) vs Osca (36)

Karamunsing Monsters (00) vs Kepayan Tigers (29)

Penjara Pride (00) vs UMS Rafflesia (10)


Good rugby!

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Swarovski EL 8x32 Swarovision Binocular Review

8th March 2013

I have been using these binocular since February 2013 from dusk to dawn at different type of habitats in Sabah and Palawan Island. When I first laid my eyes on it, I could not believe what I was seeing. The contrast, sharpness and wide Field of View (FOV) is unbelievable.


I preferred 8x32 binocular because I am addicted with wide Field of View!

I had tried few time the predecessor Swarovski 8x32 EL against my Nikon 8x32 SE and HG L with my previous clients and I did not get the Wow feeling. But the new Swarovision EL 8x32 is totally a different game for the 8x32 range. I compared it with the Nikon 8x32 SE porro for few days, which many were praising for its 3D effect and excellent wide FOV in Birdforum, the Swarovision wins in:
  • Much wider FOV and I did not get the tight view compared with the Nikon 8x32 SE
  • Better colour rendition and contrast
  • Well balance ergonomic and weight distribution
  • Eyecup is the best I have used so far. You can unscrewed the eyecups to clean the eyepiece lens too
  • Genius strap system allowing for fast adjustment without removing the strap from the binocular

As I was used with fast focusing by Nikon, it takes me a while to get adjusted with Swarovski's focusing system. It is a bit slow than Nikon. Plus the rolling ball as reported by other users in Birdforum, it took me only few days to get used with it then after that, it wasn't a problem anymore for my eyes.

Overall, I like these binocular so much! The price is worth the value with 10 years warranty and excellent after sales service by Swarovski as reported in Birdforum.

Honestly, it replaced my beloved 8x32 SE as the main binocular for my birdwatching tours.

For more info, please visit Swarovski Optik website at or download this PDF file

Discussions at Birdforum:

I will be using the Swarovski EL 10x42 Swarovision in April onwards and will post my 1st impression at Birdforum.

Thanks to Richard Kramer and Dale Forbes at Swarovski Optik, Austria for the trust and opportunity in using your excellent products.

Happy birding everyone.

*These is based on my usage from the 8th February 2013 until the time of writing.

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