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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

2015 Birding Tours In Sabah

* Next Departure in August, September, October and November 2015

Review of Swarovski Modular Spotting Scopes

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mountain Serpent Eagle




On my previous tour in March with Alex, Katie and Alison, one morning while driving up to Timpohon Gate, I couldn't believe me eyes when I saw for the first time, a perching Mountain Serpent Eagle on the electric cable! Oh My God! Then the story goes...

Image and video taken with Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 ~ All Rights Reserved ©



Then it flew up to one of the bare branch and sing for few minutes. Endemic to Borneo.



Comparison with the Crested Serpent Eagle that is found from lowland to 1000m asl. The cheek is paler and has different type of call too. In flight seen from below, the mountain species has wider white tail band too. Taken at Kinabatangan River.



It was harassed by the Bornean Treepie



I have been birding since 2013 and that was my first time to have a closer view of this magnificent Raptor that only seen mostly high up on the blue skies!

Happy birding!



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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Swarovski Optik New EL Family Binoculars




Swarovski Optik, Austria has released a new lineup to their legendary EL binoculars family. Known for its perfection in producing high quality optics, the new EL binoculars will be available from September 2015 at exclusive specialist retailers and online at www.swarovskioptik.com.




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Red-breasted Partridge




Another montane endemic found in Borneo. These Partridge usually moved in flocks and allowed lucky photographers to get as close as possible for pictures, videos etc.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crimson-headed Partridge




One of the 2 endemic Partridges which is found on the higher elevation at Mt Kinabalu. It is commonly heard but required luck to see this shy bird.

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Male and female is identical and responded with playback.




 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Greater Painted Snipe

30th June 2015



One of rare birds in Sabah, I only see them probably once or twice a year by pure luck at the paddy field. So far no sign of the immature. By the time I took these picture, saw the male sitting next to the female late in the afternoon.

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Sacred Mt Kinabalu from Tuaran district


Female is more prettier than the male



Happy birding!



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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Birding With Kees Scharingga

26-27th June 2015



Kees and wife has been around Sabah for 2 weeks mainly for birds and other wildlife. He sent me his target birds which he missed and we spent 2 days looking for it at Keningau and Tambunan area. Mahua Waterfall was the first destination followed by birding along the busy Tambunan road, Crocker Range HQ, Gunung Alab Sub-station and Sugud Forest at Penampang.

Key birds seen:
  • Pygmy White Eye
  • Bornean Bulbul
  • Mt Barbet
  • Bornean Barbet
  • Bornean Forktail
  • Red-crowned Barbet
  • Green Broadbill

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Bornean Forktail seen along the river at Mahua in the morning


The uncommon to rare Red-crowned Barbet at Sugud


Andrew were busy with the Rufous Woodpecker


Kees at Gunung Alab Sub-station looking at the Mt Blackeye




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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Birding With Lee and the Gang

14th - 21st June 2015



8 days birdwatching with Lee's group from Australia, it was a good and fun trip exploring parts of Sabah on its usual hotspots that teemed with abundant wildlife, the people and excellent scenery. The creepy part was at Mt Kinabalu after the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that claim 18 lives last June the 5th. Walking down from Timpohon Gate to the HQ, the usual sound and sight of vehicles driving along the road is almost non-existent! We were the only visitors that time and saw 2 more others walking down on the road too. Highlight was the Bornean Ibon, Crimson-headed and Red-breasted Partridge seen through the Swarovski STX 95 scope!

Saw many at Sepilok Forest Reserve such as Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Eagle and also Violet Cuckoo. At Kinabatangan River, no sound of the Bornean Ground Cuckoo but a bonus of an excellent view of the Bornean Chestnut-necklaced Partridge!

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Majestic Mt Kinabalu from Kinabalu Pine Resort



As part of the program, a visit to Kundasang and Sandakan War Memorial to honoured those who perished during the WWII



Rain the whole days at the mountain...



At Sandakan War Memorial


 

Cruising at Kinabatangan River


  

Little Cuckoo Dove

 

Black Hornbile female



Blue-eared Kingfisher



Green Agamid Lizard caught a Cicada



Record shot of these shy Bornean Chestnut-necklaced Partridge!



Little Egret



Stork-billed Kingfisher, the largest of its kind in Sabah


 

Pretty looking Wrinkled Hornbill




Happy birding everyone!



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Friday, June 5, 2015

Yellow-vented Bulbul

4th June 2015



One of the common birds found up to Mt Kinabalu in Sabah. Other similar looking is the Pale-faced Bulbul, endemic to Borneo at the mountain. These particular species has a black stripe on the crown and short crest erected when it gets excited!

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Usually in pair and both are identical in sexes.



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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Scaly-breasted Munia

1st June 2015



Another common garden birds in Sabah which is found mostly at the paddy field mixing with others such as Dusky Munia and Black-headed Munia. Considered a pest too when it formed big mixed flocks during the harvesting seasons.

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Male and female is identical.



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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Asian Glossy Starling

28th May 2015



One of the garden birds found in Sabah and diets includes Papaya that is commonly grown around by the locals as ornamental plants. These Starling also lives in flock and known as a Burung Selangkir in Malay language.

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