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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

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94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Monday, February 25, 2008

close up with white-crowned hornbill :p

25th february 2008



Assignment for birding (17th - 24th feb) at Tabin Wildlife Reserve for a week with 2 groups which came from Finland and Japan. During my 1st 2 days, it was raining heavily as the weather has been bad since 2 weeks ago for the whole state of Sabah.

Despite the weather, birding did well with few notable species such as White-crowned Hornbill, Wallace's Hawk Eagle, White-fronted Falconet and one of the target bird for the Finnish group was Olive-backed Woodpecker.

When the Shinwa Tourist Co. Ltd Japanese group (http://www.naturing-tour.com) arrived led by Ooi Chin Hock, senior birder from West Malaysia and my best friend Andrew Siani, they were greeted with fantastic weather and during their stayed, birding was done along the tomanggong road and around the restaurant.

Notable species for the Japanese group;
  • White-crowned Hornbill
  • Chestnut-necklaced Partridge (good pictures by hideo tani http://torihenro.com)
  • Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker
  • Banded Kingfisher
  • Rufous-fronted Babbler (my lifer)
  • Bornean Blue Flycatcher
  • White-fronted Falconet
  • Storm's Stork
Non bird species sighted;
  • Orang Utan
  • Pgymy Squirrel
  • Leopard Cat
  • Wild Boar
  • Monitor Lizard
  • Long-tailed Macaque
  • Pig-tailed Macaque
  • Green-fenced Lizard
  • Brown Agamid
  • Barking Deer
  • Bornean Bibbon
this Long-tailed Macaque tried to get into my room !


At last my full moon !


Female White-crowned Hornbill about 15 metres


Male White-crowned Hornbill


Thanks to Dennis, Andrew Siani, Ooi Chin Hock and the tour leader from Japan, Mikiko Hashiba during the trip :)

Pictures was digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-griturn adapter and Fujifilm f31d


Happy birding !

3 comments:

Jordan Sitorus said...

waah..busy lately huh??great captures u have there my pren!

Markus Jais said...

great pictures and a very interesting report. How common is the wallace's hawk eagle in the region?

S.C.E. said...

Those hornbill pics are great