On my recent visit to Lok Kawi beach hoping for White-faced Plover, only saw common winter visitors at the beach such as Kentish Plover, Malaysian Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Greater and Lesser Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Little and Great Egret
Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s
Sighted by Ck Leong last week, only today I managed to get some pictures of these vagrant after my trip with the gang at Klias Peatswamp Forest Reserve (posting soon). There were 2 males and 1 female of Tufted Duck, 5 Northern Shoveler and only 1 Garganey together with the resident Common Moorhen, White-breasted Waterhen and Wandering Whistling Duck.
Apparently, the number of visiting Ducks from North Asia is smaller in Sabah, Borneo. There were new record of Northern Pintail last year by Ck Leong, and several other old records of Cotton Pygmy Goose, Mallard and Common Teal by Karim Madoya at Penampang paddy field.
With the increasing of birding and bird photography by the locals, it is possible now to get updated records of wintering Ducks, Waders and other species from September until April during the winter migration plus with the opening of abandoned paddy fields on the West Coast of Sabah with the funding by state government, there is a hope to see more wintering birds in the future.
2 weeks birding around Sabah produced at least 5 lifers for me ! Everett's White Eye, Bar-bellied Cuckoo Shrike, Brown-backed Flowerpecker and the Copper-throated Sunbird which I missed during the 2nd Borneo Bird Festival held at Rainforest Discovery Centre Sepilok last October and making up my Borneo List to 440 birds now.
The group comprised of 15 birders from Switzerland under Liberty-Bird led by James Eaton and me was split into 2 groups to maximized numbers of birds sighting on each places.
Key species seen :
Grey-headed Fish Eagle
Thick-billed Green Pigeon
Moustached Hawk Cuckoo
Bornean Ground Cuckoo
Helmeted Hornbill (Daily seen and heard at Borneo Rainforest Lodge)
Bar-bellied Cuckoo Shrike
Kinabalu Friendly Warbler
Bornean Wren Babbler
Bornean Blue Flycatcher
Pictures digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85, 30x eyepiece via Nikon FSB-6 Adapter on Nikon P5100