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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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Birding with Jay and Amy

8th - 23rd June 2016



They were on a 2 months birding trip in Asia and started the journey in Sabah, Borneo. Few days at Danum Valley Field Centre then to Kinabatangan River and the trip ended in Kota Kinabalu. We missed some of the endemics such as Mountain Serpent Eagle, Bornean Ground Cuckoo, Bornean Barbet, Fruithunter and Bornean Leafbird plus the Bare-headed Laughingthrush despite trying it on the usual spots for a few times.

They are currently in Thailand then to West Malaysia and last at Sulawesi. Good luck!

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II, Swarovski Optik STX65 and Xiaomi MiNote. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Mountain Barbet on the road side at Tambunan

 



 Watching the Buff-rumped Woodpecker through the Swarovski STX65 spotting scope at Klias Peatswamp Forest


 

One way to ID Nest-Swiftlet at Gomantong Cave is with the Swarovski STX65 spotting scope. We managed to get the Edible, Black and Mossy Nest-Swiftlet.



 

Whitehead's Broadbill on the side of the road at Kinabalu Mountain Lodge


 

Another excellent finding by Jay for the Collared Owlet at Kinabalu Park HQ. Together with Osman from Borneo Eco Tours


 

Lesser Adjutant


 

Took extra boat ride to see the Bornean Pygmy Elephant at Batangan area


 

Super tame Blue-eared Kingfisher


 

Misty morning at Menanggul river with the Great Egret


 

Bornean Mountain Ground-Squirrel


 

Female Proboscis Monkey jumped with its baby to the other river bank at Kinabatangan


 

Orang Utan was seen almost daily while at Danum and Kinabatangan River


 

Bearded Pig near the Oil Palm Plantation at Tenegang river



Daily chores of the Pig-tailed Macaque


 

Sunda Bush-Warbler, one of the skulkers at the mountain


 

Golden-naped Barbet, one of the common endemic at the mountain


 

A party of 5 Bornean Green Magpie were enjoying its lunch of an unknown snake


 

Record shot of this shy Mountain Wren-Babbler





Happy Ramadhan and birding everyone.



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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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