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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Review of Swarovski Modular Spotting Scopes

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Little Tern

31st July 2019

There were at least 15 Little Terns flying around the beach of Mimpian Jadi Resort at Tuaran and saw one sitting on its nest with 2 eggs. Other species seen including Lesser Sand Plover, Paddyfield Pipit, Pacific Swallow and Collared Kingfisher. Normally by August or September, these Tern will moved to other places together with its immature.

Images taken with Swarovski Optik STX95 and Nikon V1. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The BTX module, such a joy to used on the field for a longer observation. It uses 2 eyepieces similar with binocular. For more info, please visit Swarovski Optik, Austria website.

Happy birding!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tawai Rainforest Camp, Telupid

5th July 2019

On my way to Sandakan, I decided to pay a bit of more visit to the newly upgraded facilities at Tawai Rainforest Camp that is popular among the locals mainly for the river itself. It takes only 10 minutes drive from the main Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan Road onto the reserve. In 2009, I was involved with the bird survey under Heart of Borneo and I was informed, in 2016, Sabah Forestry Department decided to promote this place as one of the recreation centres along the Tongod Road in the interior.

There were several birds seen and heard especially the rare Chestnut-naped Fortail hunting on the rocks along the river. Black-headed Bulbul, Little Spiderhunter and many more.

 Prices for chalets

This place is also popular for those who likes to do a bit of walking to the 2nd highest waterfall in Sabah. It takes about 30 minutes drive from the centre to the starting point then another 2 hours walked to the waterfall.  

Well maintained trail to the upper section of the river. This place is good for a bit of birding

Pool sections for visitors

Changing rooms and toilets with gazebos

I stayed here in 2009. It is way better now!

Happy birding!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Camping at Tegudon Village, Kota Belud

14-15th June 2019

Spent a night at this lovely place mainly to get away from the city life at the same time managed to took a few pictures from the top and there were at least 8 gardens birds were heard and seen from the camping site.
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (very vocal early in the morning)
  • Common Iora
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • White-breasted Wood Swallow
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul 
  • Pied Fantail
  • Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Farmer crosses the iconic suspension bridge toward the paddy field with Mt. Kinabalu as the backdrop

The shorter Mt. Nungkok, is another attraction for visitors in Kota Belud besides the famous Mt. Kinabalu at the back 

Camping ground

Best place for Milkyway...


The best meal for camping!

Morning view from Tegudon

Tent were powered with GoalZero Sherpa 50 powerbank

Coffee with Hario!

 Paddy field capture with DJI Drone 

Happy birding!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Birding with Cheema and the gang

20-29th April 2019

Spent a week with the group of bird photographers from India and visited the usual birdwatching hot spots; Kinabalu Park HQ, Sepilok Forest Reserve, Kinabatangan River and the awesome Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Their main target was Pitta and Kingfisher and the mega Bornean Bristlehead (dipped) plus it was quite a struggled to get some of the endemics at Mt. Kinabalu due to the current dry spell...

Images taken during the trip with Huawei P10 Mate Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Think Tank Photo it is!

Canopy walkway leading to Bristlehead Tower at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok

View of Mt. Trusmadi at the far distance, the 2nd highest peak in Sabah Borneo

Mt. Kinabalu...

Misty morning at Kundasang

Huge area of paddy fields at Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud, one of the best places to watched migratory birds from September-April every year

Sunrise at Kinabatangan River...

Shooting the Lesser Fish Eagle at Tenegang tributary, Kinabatangan River

My favourite section at Simud Hitam Cave, Gomantong Caves

Happy birding everyone. For more info on my birding and bird photography tours in Sabah, please visit my other birding blog at

Friday, April 12, 2019

Silam Coast, Semporna and Maliau Basin Trip

19-27th March 2019

8 days trips on the East Coast of Sabah started in Lahad Datu town, the main gateway for visitors to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley. I went to Silam Coast mainly for the White-vented Whistler and also Black-naped Fruit-Dove, but unfortunately, no birds were seen there. Then up to Semporna town around 2 hours drive mainly for the Bohey Dulang, Tatagan, Mantabuan and Sibuan Island. The trip ended for a few days at Maliau Basin. Total distance in kilometres is around 950km loop via Tawau Kalabakan Keningau road.

Images taken with Huawei P10. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Waterbirds counting at Lahad Datu Fish Market with the Swarovski BTX95. Few Chinese Egrets here

View from the top of Silam Coast Conservation Centre (SCCA)

Waiting for the Black-naped Fruit Dove

Ariel view of the Silam Camp which happened to be one of the earliest settlements for Filipino migrants in Sabah in the 50s mainly for the timber industry

Tatangan Island with the Bajau Palao aka Sea Gypsies

On top of Bohey Dulang Island at Semporna! The hike was around 45 minutes in a 700m long from the base. Tour operator such as Pakej Budak Merah for the trip is highly recommended. RM 150 (malaysian and additional RM 30 for non malaysian) for 4 island hopping including permit, snorkeling gears and lunch 

Great view of the Mantabuan Island which is famous for visitors

One of the fine beach at Sibuan Island, the last point before back to Semporna Town

Enjoying the view of the rainforest at Maliau Basin with Swarovski Optik EL 8x32

Cemented access road leading to the Canopy Walkway and Camping Ground 

The new section of Canopy Walkway at Maliau Basin

Taking landscape pictures #digiscoping with Swarovski STX95 at Maliau Basin Observation Tower. I saw the endemic Bornean Falconet at one of the tree nearby!

Awesome sunset at Tambunan Valley on my way back home...

I will be on tour from the 20-29th April with a group from India. Happy birding!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Birding with Anders Family

21-25th February 2019

Short family trip to Sabah with a combo of birds, mammals and a bit of island escapade at Mabul by Anders. We started the trip at Mt. Kinabalu for some of the montane endemics such as Whitehead's Broadbill and Kinabalu Serpent Eagle then went to Poring Hot Spring substation for the Rafflesia Flower before continuing the journey to Kinabatangan River and then to Danum Valley.

At the river, a single bull of Bornean Pygmy Elephant was the highlight followed by a decent view of the smallest Raptor in the world, White-fronted Falconet were seen feeding on its prey near the Tenegang tributary.

Images taken with Huawei P10 Mate Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Awesome view of Mt. Kinabalu in the morning! 


Shooting the Bornean Green Magpie at Silau-Silau Trail, Kinabalu

World Heritage Site, Mt. Kinabalu

One of the section inside the famous Gomantong Cave

Sunrise at Kinabatangan River

Cruising on the boat is the best mode for birding at the river for mammals, birds, reptiles and many more

They are currently at Danum Valley for those exotic Pittas, Trogons, Hornbills, Flycatchers and the rainforest itself.Happy birding!