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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

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My New Toy !

24nd December 2008



I will be off tomorrow with friends to Danum Valley Forest Reserve and will stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Main mission for this trip, Bornean Clouded Leopard and Giant Pitta :)

And so far im impressed with this bino compared with my Nikon Monarch 8x42 which will be send to Nikon service centre for repair on the eyecups soon. It is sharp, bright and more contrast then the Monarch hohoho and the rainforest of Danum Valley will be the real test for this little gem with high humidity and lots of rain !

The new model from Nikon, the Nikon EDG is expected to be out this year. But unfortunately, no news so far except few lucky birders from USA has tested this bino while on trip at Guatemala recently

Check this link; http://www.nikonhunting.com/binoculars-edg.html

Reviewed by Pete Dunne; http://featheredgeoptics.com/productreviews_nikonedg.htm

Lengthy discussion at; http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=103957


On the field at Guatemala with Nikon EDG by Derek Lovitich; http://outdoors.mainetoday.com/naturewatching/fieldnotes/028498.html

For American market, the new Nikon EDG is available online but it has not been launch worldwide ...


I like the strap, quite classic


7.8 degree FOV !


Nikon HG L 8x32 - High end model


By the way, merry xmas for all my readers and happy new year too, may we have more lifers next year hahaha :p

Happy birding !

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Orang Utan At Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok

Last November the 28th - 29th



One of the highlight during the recent Sandakan Bird Fair last month was the encountered with wild Orang Utan feeding and built 2 nests behind the Borneo Bird Club booth and lucky visitor has a closer look of this endangered species with estimated only around 30 000 left in the wild.

As Cede was saying, "We are conserving the nature and this Orang Utan is one of the 'visitors' that came and support us"

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, FSB-6 adapter and Nikon Coolpix P5100


Wild Orang Utan


Blue-throated Bee-Eater


Hooded Pitta digiscoped from the main road at Sepilok


It is still raining here in Kuching since yesterday and im stucked in the hotel and unfortunately no chance to visit Bako Buntal for waders because i will be flying back tonight to Kota Kinabalu :)

Happy birding !

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Eclipse Male Northern Shoveler - My New Lifer

6th December 2008



Hahaha another lucky day at my favorite patch. Both male and female was enjoying the sun with few Common Moorhen and Wandering Whistling Duck :)

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Griturn Mk II adapter and Fujifilm F31d


Eclipse male Northern Shoveler


Female Northern Shoveler

I will be off tomorrow to Kuching town, hope can get a chance for birding at Bako Buntal village, one of the best place in Borneo for waders hehehe :p

Happy birding !

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Maybe Tufted Duck Is Back ?

14th December 2008



Visited my favorite patch at Tuaran district this morning looking for the Northern Pintail, instead saw the Northern Shoveler again which i thought have gone to other place or killed by local hunter which i have been informed by one of the local nearby. The hunters came almost everyday late in the afternoon for the Wandering Whistling Duck which is consumed by them.

He was suggesting for putting a warning signboard around the lake so no one can hunt the ducks anymore as this is the only reliable place for seeing some of the migratory birds such Koel, Yellow and Cinnamon Bittern and the Tufted Duck together with the endangered resident Oriental Darter.

Hope i can do something to save those ducks with the bird club and wildlife department as soon as possible :)

And while scanning for the Northern Pintail, suddenly few ducks flew quite close with me and by looking through my scope, i could only see small part of the dark brown head with yellow iris and black pupil on its eyes. Possibility of Tufted Duck ? I will try again tomorrow morning :o

Some of my shots today hehehe :)


Pied Triller hahaha i've been dying to get this shot which is almost impossible with digiscoping !


Great Egret


Sleepy Peaceful Dove


Juvenile Purple Heron


Plaintive Cuckoo mostly heard at other place but quite common to see at the patch


Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker hehehe


Stork-billed Kingfisher perched quite far ...


One of my favorite shot of this Olive-backed Sunbird


Common Moorhen with Wandering Whistling Duck


Common Sandpiper


Images digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Griturn Mk II adapter and Fujifilm F31d

Happy birding !

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Grey-faced Buzzard

11th December 2008



My lifer found and digiscoped at Tuaran district hahaha :p but no sign of the Northern Pintail spotted by CK last month at Garganey site ...

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Griturn Mk II adapter and Fujifilm F31d


Maximum 3x digital zoom and shimmer heat distorted the quality of this picture, taken around 11am


Happy digiscoping :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Sandakan Bird Fair at 1Borneo Mall

6th - 7th December 2008




Another birding event by Borneo Bird Club @ BoBC at Kota Kinabalu city with collaboration of Nikon Malaysia and Sabah Society recently :)

I was one of the speaker for Basic Digiscoping Techniques hehehe :p

Enjoy the pictures and happy birding :o


Cede presenting talk in - Best place for birding in Sabah


Press and VIPS at sale items counter


Models for the bird fair


Datin Naimah officiating the Bird Fair


Nikon Big Guns on displayed for visitors


Hahaha this is me :p


John Kong in Capture NX talk


Andrew Siani in Basic Birdwatching talk


Jollence in Basic Nature and Landscape Photography talk


Alphon, Seng, Ron and Hazel


Jordan and check his blog at http://amazingborneo.blogspot.com/


Gary explaining the camera setup to one of the journalist


Group photo of the speakers


Ck with Andrew


Sponsored by Nikon Sport Optics Malaysia





Bird of Borneo images on displayed


Happy birding and see you again next year !

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Upcoming Birding Event in Kota Kinabalu City

3rd December 2008






See you all there :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Sandakan Bird Fair - A Successful Story

29th - 30th November 2008



Some of the shots taken during the Bird Fair recently at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok, Sandakan.

Thanks for those who came and enjoyed the fair, and will see you all next year !


Booths for the Ministers and guests


Models for the Bird Fair


With Tee from Nikon Malaysia


Choo Beng Teong at his bird painting booth


Chien from Penang giving a talk about bird migration in Malaysia


Tee photographing birds at Sepilok


Participants during the bird walk at Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary


Kenneth with the participants for the bird walk at Sepilok


Participants were looking at Blue-throated Bee-Eater perched high on a death tree


Jun, Nadil and Marie Anne


Tee and Dr. Rahimatsah from WWF


Seng looking after the Nikon Big Guns section


Jeffery trying the Nikon Fieldscope ED82 with D700


Looking through scopes provided by Nikon Malaysia


Irene from Sandakan Foto at Nikon booth


Arrival of Honourable Dato Sri Azalina, Minister of Tourism, Malaysia at Nikon Booth, greeted by Chairman of Sabah Tourism, Tengku Adlin, with Cede and Auther


Mac Book Team


Me and Tee at Nikon Booth


John Bakar


Mark


Chien, the Birdman


Cede testing the Nikon RA scope


Nikon 200 - 400mm, 500mm and 600mm prime lens being displayed and tested by visitors during the bird fair


Borneo Bird Club @ BoBC booth displaying images of birds of Borneo


Bird painting section at BoBC booth


My beloved wife :)


Part of the Bird Fair Team


Lovely staffs at Nikon booth


Girl Guides team that helped during the Bird Fair


The team that made the Sandakan Bird Fair successful !



Photos credit of Gary Albert.