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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo
Departures in July, August, September, October and November 2016

Review of Swarovski Modular Spotting Scopes

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sayap Sub-station, Kinabalu National Park

29-30th May 2016



Short camping trip with friends exploring the northwest side of Mt Kinabalu at Sayap Sub-station in Kota Belud district. It took about 2 hours drive from KK to reached the station at the elevation around 900m asl.

The planned was to look for the Bornean Frogmouth and Bonaparte Nightjar, but without luck and it was compensated by the Orange-breasted Trogon and Long-tailed Broadbill with the super tame Hill Blue Flycatcher!

Video made by Lance at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZ7Fv0FAaDw and some of the images taken at the substation below.

Taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Probably a Bornean Sunda Tree Mice



Access road to the station with Mt Kinabalu at the background



Camping facilities by Sabah Parks



Lance at work



Bornean Leafbird



 Long-tailed Broadbill





Next camping trip is from the 15-17th July 2016. Happy fasting everyone.




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Friday, April 15, 2016

Birding With Bob And Roly

28th March - 9th April 2016



Even though the El-Nino caused some disturbance on the birds and other wildlife in Sabah, during the trip at the usual spots, Bob and Roly were lucky to get over 312++ species of birds including the Bristlehead, Whitehead's Trio and also Bornean Ground Cuckoo. Trip started at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre for the Bornean Barbet and ended in Tempasuk, Kota Belud for some waterbirds. Key species seen below:
  1. Mountain Serpent Eagle
  2. Bornean Ground Cuckoo
  3. Helmeted Hornbill
  4. Large Frogmouth
  5. Speckled Piculet (lifer!)
  6. Bornean Banded Pitta
  7. Grey-bellied Bulbul
  8. White-necked Babbler
  9. Siberian Rubythroat (vagrant)
Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II and Swarovski Optik STX 95/65 on Nikon V1. All Rights Reserved



Wood Sandpiper



Waterbirds watching at Lahad Datu town



Siberian Rubythroat



Eyebrowed Thrush, uncommon winter visitor from hill to montane


 

Large Frogmouth, my lifer!


 

Whitehead's Spiderhunter at Crocker Range


 

Long-tailed Shrike, a family of 3 at Cottage Hotel, Kundasang


 

Malaysian Blue Flycatcher


 

Rufous-collared Kingfisher, one of the forest Kingfisher in Sabah



Tempasuk Plain, the best spot in Sabah for migratory waterbirds including raptors



 

A pair of Wrinkled Hornbill at Kinabatangan River



Harvesting the bird nests at Simud Hitam Cave, Gomantong



Waiting for the White-browed Crake to appear at Tempasuk



Sunrise from Sulu Sea, Sandakan


 

The obliging Indigo Flycatcher at Mt. Kinabalu



Male Proboscis Monkey on the ground for water



Storm's Stork




Happy birding!



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Friday, March 25, 2016

Siberian Rubythroat

25th March 2016



One of the vagrant that turned up twice on the same spot at Mt. Kinabalu. There was a records in the 90's and recent sighting for Sabah was last year which I missed but then it came back last February!

Taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II. All Rights Reserved



 

Quite tame for pictures
 



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Friday, January 29, 2016

Tourism Malaysia Wildlife Photography Workshop

21 - 26th January 2016



3 officers were sent to Kinabatangan for the workshop at Borneo Nature Lodge. This is part of the familiarization trip at the same time to learn how to capture wildlife its natural habitat. During the trip, Orang Utan, Salt Water Crocodile, many Proboscis Monkey and birds were sighted and photographed. Plus in the evening, talks regarding wildlife and suitable gears for shooting were discussed and elaborated for the participants.

Then continued the trip to Tawau district about 5 hours drive from Sandakan for my lifers of the Sunda Teal and Sulawesi Myna at Tinagat Beach!

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II and Swarovski STX95 + Nikon V1. All Rights Reserved



Sunset at Kinabatangan River...



Lance on Wildlife Photography



Shooting the Oriental Darter in the morning



Wallace's Hawk-Eagle at Gomantong Cave



Gomantong Cave producing black nests by Black-Nest Swiftlet



Jumping Proboscis Monkey



Endemic to Borneo



Menanggul River, one of the tributaries at Kinabatangan for wildlife


 

Ducks from North Asia; Garganey, Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail and Shoveler plus the resident Wandering Whistling Duck




Sunda Teal (above and here), new record for Sabah discovered by Stanley at Tinagat in 2014. Could be a new resident for Sabah



Sulawesi Myna only found in Tawau



Far Eastern Curlew, common winter visitor in Tinagat Beach. 



With John and Lance



Tinagat Beach, one of the importing wintering birds from North Asia



Waterfall at Madai Cave



Black-winged Kite along the busy Sandakan-Tawau Road



 

 Happy birding!


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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Asian Waterbirds Census 2016

15 - 16 January 2016



4 groups were assigned on different locations for the official count in Sabah on volunteer basis. Everyone gathered at KK Wetlands office then followed with a short briefing by Tomoko and Eugene on how to count the waterbirds etc. The count started at 9.30 and ended in the afternoon.

On the 16th, we counted more waterbirds at my favorite spot, Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud with the gang. Notable species were the Black-tailed Godwit and many Black-winged Stilt. Did not see any Pied Avocet unfortunately. But later in the afternoon, someone reported the Pied Avocet were seen along the road of Kota Belud - Kudat before the junction to Rampayan Laut.

Images taken with Swarovski STX 95 + Nikon V1 and Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II. All Rights Reserved



Tomoko and Eugene from Korea



Volunteers for the count



Mount Kinabalu from Tengilan village



Black-tailed Godwit




Wood Sandpiper




Long-toed Stint




Black-headed Gull




Black-winged Stilt




Flock consisted of Stilts, Curlews, Stints and Sandpipers with Godwits





Happy birding!



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