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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

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

Review of Swarovski Modular Spotting Scopes

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

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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