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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

2015 Birding Tours In Sabah

* Next Departure in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November 2015

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pied Wagtail

5th February 2014



After alerted by friends the presence of Pied Wagtail at Salut last Monday, I managed only to visit the place with Andrew late afternoon today. Not long after arriving, a pair landed in front but still a challenge for better pictures due to its constant active feeding on the mud.

Considered a vagrant for Sabah with only few records, the bird came all the way from Siberia.

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Ocularis subspecies





Leucopsis subspecies



Andrew and the manager 





Happy birding!


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cotton Pgymy Goose

17th January 2014



Ducks are generally rare or considered vagrant particularly in Sabah except for the resident Wandering Whistling Duck. While debating to visit Tempasuk for the Hen Harrier (Vagrant) seen by Gary and John last week, I decided to go for another round of Duckling at my favorite patch, Lok Batik in Tuaran about 35 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu to the North.

While scanning for the Northern Pintail etc, one particular bird struck me as being white and brown all over with the distinct yellow color on the lower mandible really excites me. Then I noticed my camera battery was out. Luckily my uncle was nearby and with his helped, we managed to record another vagrant Duck for Sabah, female Cotton Pygmy Goose and my 1st lifer for 2015!

Based on the records, last seen was around 50 years ago...

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Everyone got the Goose



Record shot of the female Cotton Pygmy Goose





Happy birding everyone.



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Monday, January 5, 2015

Birding With Nick & Family

21st December - 2nd January



The trip started around Kota Kinabalu for the locally Endangered Blue-naped Parrot at Tg. Aru Beach including Dollarbird and other garden birds. In the afternoon, went to my local patch for Wandering Whistling Duck, Stork-billed Kingfisher and Oriental Darter.

Despite the weather in the rainforest, we managed to get around 250 birds and 21 mammals with highlights such as Bornean Bristlehead, Storm's Stork and Mt. Serpent Eagle and Orange-breasted Trogon at the usual places, Tambunan Rafflesia Centre, Mt. Kinabalu, Sepilok Forest Reserve, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley.

My lifer was the Oriental Bay Owl after hearing it for many years!

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Orange-breasted Trogon quite low this time at Mahua Waterfall



Thanks to Jack for finding these Barred Eagle Owl on the busy road at Mesilau village



Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike



Oriental Honey Buzzard



Bearded Pig along the access road, Danum



Asian Paradise Flycatcher, a treat for few minutes outside the Canopy Walkway at Danum



Roosting Scarlet-rumped Trogon from the Hornbill Trail, Danum



Black-headed Pitta, endemic to Sabah on the New Year Day :D



Majestic Mt Kinabalu in the morning from Cottage Hotel



Outdoor Nursery at Orang Utan Sanctuary, Sepilok



Afternoon cruise to Tenegang tributary for more Hornbill and Monkey



Waiting for the Bornean Bristlehead at Danum



Brown Wood Owl at Menanggul tributary




Happy birding!



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

More Ducks!

4th December 2014



More ducks were seen arriving at the Lok Batik Wetland, Tuaran with latest count of 14 Northern Pintail, a pair of Northern Shoveler and 8 Garganey. No sign anymore of the Eurasian Wigeon. Plus suspected Pacific Black Duck (PBD) too but unfortunately the original files of the PBD were deleted for unknown reason by friend.

It was a new record for the Northern Pintail, as the previous sightings were only by single bird.

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 Northern Pintail



White-browed Crake



 Northern Shoveler



Common Kingfisher






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Monday, November 17, 2014

Duck Fiesta!

8 - 9th November 2014




As the other counterparts enjoying the presents of Garganey in Brunei, I went to my local patch in Tuaran where I saw the Pheasant-tailed Jacana late last year, and what a surprised there were a single female Eurasian Wigeon mixing together with Garganey, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and the resident Wandering Whistling Duck!

Considered a vagrant for Sabah, recent record during the last migratory season by TS Wong in Tawau after more than 20 years.


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Lake filled with Water Cabbage




Single female Eurasian Wigeon at the background



Wandering Whistling Duck



 Oriental Darter



Stork-billed Kingfisher



Common Kingfisher



Kinabalu Avian Club




Happy birding eveyone.




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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida muelleri)

25th September 2014



Been busy recently with bird surveys, documentary and then Borneo Bird Festival together with Swarovski Optik Singapore, I managed to get few shots of these Hooded Pitta while staying at Uncle Tan Base, about 1km away from Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok together with RTM crews.

It was seen hunting for earth worms at one of the tree few times before flying back to its nest. My 1st shot of Pitta in the open!

Digiscoped with Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 ~ 30x = 2430mm



One of the resident Pitta out of 10 species recorded in Borneo



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bornean Bristlehead




One of the rarest endemic found only in Borneo. I have never missed these legendary bird with clients and on my recent tours with Paul at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, saw few of them right on top on some of the tallest rainforest trees in the world.

When I pointed my Swarovski STX 95 scope, Paul said why not we take some videos these time? Considering the distance around 100m ++, I did not expect the result would be great etc because it was on maximum zoom at 70x! Then once I viewed through my Mac, quite nice!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

12 Days Of Fun Birding

7th - 18th August 2014




Together with Tim, Ellen, Bert and Carl, the journey started at Mt Kinabalu with the Whitehead's trio completion. Moved to Sepilok for few days, no sign of the Bornean Bristlehead but great view of the Black-headed Pitta. At Kinabatangan, we got 6 species of Hornbill with White-fronted Falconet and energetic looking Ruddy Kingfisher. The last few days were spent at the famous Bornean Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley and here, it never failed me to see the Bornean Bristlehead with Paul on the 1st day :D

I got my lifers, Pale Blue Flycatcher and Gould's Frogmouth making up my list to 478 in Borneo. 

Total species seen 220.

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x, Swarovski ATX/STX 95mm and 65mm + TLS APO + Nikon V1 and SJ4000 Action Camera on  Buffalo Monopod.



At Bukit Ular Trail waiting for the Everett's Thrush, Kinabalu Park



Kinabatangan River



In the morning for the Bornean Ground Cuckoo



On the way for the Blue-banded Pitta



Heading to the fruiting trees near the canopy walkway at Danum Valley



Got around 20 birds species on the fruiting tree.



Birding from the canopy walkway. Saw Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Wallace's Hawk Eagle, Greater Green Leafbird and Fiery Minivet etc



After the Blue-banded Pitta!



With Dean and Paul



Pale-faced Bulbul, one of the endemic found at Mt Kinabalu.



Scarlet-rumped Trogon with Praying Mantis at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok



Orang-backed Woodpecker



Rhinoceros Hornbill at Kinabatangan River



The rare Wreathed Hornbill!



What a moment upon seeing these female Orang Utan with its juvenile (not in the picture) at Menanggul tributary


 

Endemic Proboscis Monkey


 

Endangered Storm's Stork after the rain


 

Jewel of the rainforest, elusive Blue-banded Pitta...


 

Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler



From left to right; Paul, Tim, myself, Carl and Bert





Good birding.


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