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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

Monday, September 22, 2008

abandoned paddy field in tuaran district

20th september 2008



while waiting to break fast at my parents in law house, took short trip to a nearby paddy field and tested my fujifilm f31d for long distance shot to see the resolution produced by this camera (inspired to try after reading neil's post from hong kong regarding the nikon coolpix p5100 at this birdforum.net thread: CLICK HERE)

which the results was amazing using 45x eyepiece with his swarovski ATS HD80 !

my not really impressive results below compared with neil and distance around 100 metres digiscoped with nikon fieldscope ED82 with 30x eyepiece, resized and adjusted with nikon capture NX :


water buffalo used to plough the paddy field in the olden days, now left to roam freely due to the introduction of machines. it is also one of the item for wedding ceremony practiced by tribes in sabah


striated grassbird


white-breasted wood-swallow


together with spotted dove


this was taken with sony ericsson k660i


artistic shot hehehe


my favorite mt. kinabalu, the highest in borneo island :)

i will try my friend's nikon coolpix p5100 soon with 30x eyepiece on my scope and compare it with my pictures above :)

happy digiscoping !

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

blue-headed pitta at danum valley

4th - 15th september 2008



had a birding trip with a couple of bird guide, clive and eleanor from scotland which started at tambunan rafflesia centre, few nights at kinabalu national park then flew to lahad datu for 4 days at danum valley. then drove to kinabatangan river and sepilok orang utan sanctuary. on the 15th, spent few hours at manukan island for the tabon scrubfowl and visited lok kawi beach and tuaran paddy field too.


resident wild boar at danum valley named "janggut" or beard


maroon langur


yellow-eared spiderhunter seen daily feeding at flowering trees around the restaurant


little spiderhunter


bornean endemic blue-headed pitta


brown wood-owl


segama river


elanor at canopy walkway


asian brown flycatcher, common winter visitor


crested goshawk



boats used for cruising at kinabatangan river specially made for photographers


view of the restaurant


rooms at sukau river lodge


pacific swallow


rufous woodpecker at sepilok


clive and elanor


blue sky at manukan island


total birds recorded during the trip was 243 species with 31 endemic despite heavy rain occurred mostly in the afternoon after lunch :)

  • oriental darter
  • purple heron
  • cattle egret
  • chinese egret
  • great egret
  • intermediate egret
  • little egret
  • striated heron
  • storm's stork
  • wandering whistling duck
  • jerdon's baza
  • bat hawk
  • black-winged kite
  • brahminy kite
  • white-bellied fish-eagle
  • lesser fish-eagle
  • crested goshawk
  • crested serpent-eagle
  • mountain serpent-eagle (seen in flight and calling)
  • black eagle
  • changeable hawk eagle (black and pale morph seen near gomantong cave)
  • blyth's hawk-eagle
  • wallace's hawk-eagle
  • tabon scrubfowl
  • chestnut-necklaced partridge (heard)
  • red-breasted partridge (heard)
  • crimson-headed partridge
  • great argus (heard)
  • bornean crested fireback pheasant (nearly missed this on our last day at danum valley !)
  • white-browed crake (just a glimpse)
  • white-breasted waterhen
  • common moorhen
  • purple swamphen
  • pacific golden plover
  • little ringed plover
  • malaysian plover (last lifer for clive and eleanor hahaha)
  • mongolian plover
  • greater sand-plover
  • grey-tailed tattler
  • ruddy turnstone
  • common sandpiper
  • terek sandpiper
  • black-winged stilt
  • whiskered tern
  • white-winged tern
  • black-naped tern
  • little tern
  • great-crested tern
  • pink-necked green-pigeon
  • green imperial pigeon
  • moutain imperial pigeon
  • rock pigeon
  • little cuckoo-dove
  • spotte dove
  • zebra dove
  • emerald dove
  • long-tailed parakeet (always seen in flight)
  • blue-naped parrot
  • blue-crowned hanging-parrot (scope view at canopy walkway, danum valley)
  • large hawk-cuckoo (heard)
  • oriental cuckoo (heard)
  • asian koel
  • black-bellied malkoha
  • chestnut-breasted malkoha
  • raffles's malkoha
  • bornean ground-cuckoo (it came quite close to us hohoho)
  • greater coucal
  • buffy fish-owl
  • brown wood owl (seen with hamit while looking for large frogmouth)
  • probably barred eagle-owl (few seen at kinabalu national park in the mist ...)
  • large-tailed nightjar (heard early in the morning with hamit from BET)
  • black-nest swiftlet (at gomantong cave)
  • glossy swiftlet
  • silver-rumped swift
  • asian palm-swift
  • grey-rumped treeswift (easy at sepilok)
  • whiskered treeswift (common at canopy walkway, danum valley)
  • red-naped trogon
  • diard's trogon (heard)
  • whitehead's trogon
  • scarlet-rumped trogon
  • blue-eared kingfisher (heard only but clive and eleanor got a proper view at menanggul river)
  • stork-billed kingfisher
  • rufous-collared kingfisher (heard)
  • collared kingfisher
  • blue-throated bee-eater
  • red-bearded bee-eater
  • dollarbird
  • bushy-crested hornbill
  • white-crowned hornbill (favorite hornbill for this trip. a pair flew together while cruising along kinabatangan river)
  • wrinkled hornbill
  • wreated hornbill
  • asian black hornbill
  • oriental pied hornbill
  • rhinocerous hornbill
  • helmeted hornbill (eye level along access road at danum valley)
  • gold-whiskered barbet (heard)
  • red-throated barbet (heard only at gomantong cave and kinabatangan river)
  • bornean barbet (heard)
  • mountain barbet
  • golden-naped barbet
  • bornean brown barbet
  • rufous piculet
  • rufous woodpecker (very cooperative bird and posed for us more than 15 minutes)
  • buff-rumped woodpecker
  • buff-necked woodpecker
  • sunda woodpecker
  • grey and buff woddpecker
  • maroon woodpecker
  • black and red broadbill
  • black and yellow broadbill
  • green broadbill (seen while waiting for the blue-banded and giant pitta)
  • whitehead's broadbill (decent view during mist at kinabalu national park)
  • blue-headed pitta
  • black and crimson pitta
  • giant pitta (heard only on the way out from the trail)
  • hooded pitta (heard)
  • barn swallow
  • pacific swallow
  • large woodshrike
  • sunda cuckoo-shrike
  • pied triller
  • scarlet minivet
  • grey-chinned minivet
  • green iora
  • common iora
  • lesser green leafbird
  • greater green leafbird
  • black-headed bulbul
  • bornean bulbul
  • puff-backed bulbul (mixed flock with sooty-capped babbler)
  • flavescent bulbul
  • yellow-vented bulbul
  • olive-winged bulbul
  • cream-vented bulbul (both white and red eyes)
  • red-eyed bulbul
  • spectacled bulbul
  • ochraceous bulbul
  • grey-cheeked bulbul
  • yellow-bellied bulbul
  • hairy-backed bulbul
  • cinereus bulbul
  • ashy drongo
  • crow-billed drongo
  • bronzed drongo
  • hair-crested drongo
  • greater racket-tailed drongo
  • dark-throated oriole
  • asian fairy bluebird
  • crested jay
  • short-tailed magpie
  • bornean treepie
  • slender-billed crow
  • velvet-fronted nuthatch
  • white-browed shortwing (nearly half and hour waiting for this bird to showed itself !)
  • black-capped babbler
  • temminck's babbler
  • white-chested babbler
  • ferruginous babbler
  • short-tailed babbler
  • moustached babbler (heard)
  • sooty-capped babbler
  • scaly-crowned babbler
  • rufous-crowned babbler
  • bornean wren-babbler (heard)
  • striped wren-babbler (heard)
  • black-throated wren-babbler
  • mountain wren-babbler
  • grey-throated babbler
  • chestnut-rumped babbler
  • chestnut-winged babbler
  • bold-striped tit-babbler
  • fluffy-backed tit-babbler
  • brown fulvetta
  • chestnut-crested yuhina
  • white-bellied yuhina
  • sunda laughingthrush
  • bare-headed laughingthrush (heard)
  • chestnut-hooded laughingthrush
  • white-browed shrike-babbler
  • magpie robin
  • white-crowned shama
  • white-crowned forktail
  • bornean whistling thrush
  • yellow-breasted warbler
  • artic warbler
  • mountain leaf-warbler
  • eastern reed-warbler
  • bornean stubstail
  • sunda bush-warbler
  • friendly-bush warbler (heard only at mesilau and not friendly at all ...)
  • dark-necked tailorbird
  • ashy tailorbird
  • rufous-tailed tailorbird
  • mountain tailorbird
  • yellow-bellied prinia
  • eyebrowed jungle-flycatcher
  • asian brown flycatcher
  • verditer flycatcher
  • indigo flycatcher
  • snowy-browed flycatcher
  • little pied flycatcher
  • malaysian blue-flycatcher
  • mangrove blue-flycatcher
  • white-throated fantail
  • spotted fantail
  • black-naped monarch
  • maroon-breasted philentoma
  • asian paradise-flycatcher
  • bornean whistler
  • white-breasted wood-swallow
  • long-tailed shrike (hahaha my lifer !!!)
  • grey wagtail
  • asian glossy starling
  • crested myna
  • hill myna
  • plain sunbird
  • brown-throated sunbird
  • red-throated sunbird
  • ruby-cheeked sunbird
  • purple-naped sunbird
  • olive-backed sunbird
  • crimson sunbird
  • temminck's sunbird
  • little spiderhunter
  • long-billed spiderhunter
  • yellow-eared spiderhunter
  • grey-breasted spiderhunter
  • whitehead's spiderhunter (view through scope)
  • yellow-breasted flowerpecker
  • yellow-rumped flowerpecker
  • orange-bellied flowerpecker
  • black-sided flowerpecker
  • black-capped white-eye
  • mountain blackeye
  • duky munia
  • scaly-breasted munia
  • black-headed munia

photos digiscoped with nikon fieldscope ED82, srb-griturn Mk II adapter, fujifilm f31d and sony ericsson k660i

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

white-browed shortwing my new lifer !

29th august - 1st september 2008



spent few days at tambunan rafflesia centre and kinabalu national park with brian and jim both from usa and saw around 54 species altogether mostly lifer for jim. weather was nice only once it rained in the afternoon after lunch.



this poor white-crowned forktail hit one of the window at the restaurant and took the opportunity to take pictures before it flew off again


four white bar on its tail



has long whiskered too


brian and jim


bird seen during the trip:
  • blyth's hawk-eagle - 4 birds in fligh
  • little cuckoo-dove
  • mountain imperial pigeon
  • large hawk-cuckoo - thanks jim for spotting this !
  • oriental cuckoo - heard daily in the morning only
  • mountain scops-owl - heard daily around 5.30 am
  • bornean barbet - jim and brian missed this bird
  • mountain barbet - superb view through the scope
  • golden-naped barbet
  • checker-throated woodpecker
  • maroon woodpecker
  • pacific swallow
  • whitehead's trogon
  • sunda cuckoo-shrike
  • grey-chinned minivet
  • bornean leaftbird
  • bornean bulbul
  • ashy bulbul
  • flavescent bulbul
  • ochracheous bulbul
  • hair-crested drongo
  • black and crimson oriole
  • short-tailed magpie - seen nesting too
  • bornean treepie
  • grey-throated babbler
  • temminck's babbler
  • mountain wren-babbler
  • chestnut-crested yuhina
  • bare-headed laughingthrush
  • chestnut-hooded laughingthrush
  • sunda laughingthrush
  • white-browed shrike-babbler
  • bornean whistling thrush
  • everett's thrush - quick view of less than than a minute, missed by jim and brian too
  • white-browed shortwing - hahaha my lifer !
  • bornean stubtail
  • sunda bush warbler
  • yellow-breasted warbler
  • mountain lear warbler
  • mountain tailorbird
  • yellow-bellied prinia
  • eyebrowed jungle flycatcher
  • indigo flycatcher
  • little pied flycatcher
  • asian brown flycatcher
  • snowy-browed flycatcher
  • white-throated fantail
  • bornean whistler
  • grey wagtail
  • temminck's sunbird
  • whitehead's spiderhunter
  • grey-breasted spiderhunter
  • black-sided flowerpecker
  • orange-bellied flowerpecker
  • black-capped white eye
  • mountain blackeye
  • black-headed munia
  • scaly-breasted munia
  • dusky munia

i will be away on the 4rd until 15th september with another birders. hope can see their target species especially pitta and ground-cuckoo :)

pictures was captured with fujifilm f31d