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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: 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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