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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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gunung Lumaku Forest Reserve

17th - 23rd March 201o



A week surveyed for birds and mammals at this lovely forest reserve produced unexpected species seldom seen during my birding trips with groups such Pygmy Ibon, Black-bellied Malkoha, Wreathed Hornbill, Green Broadbill and White-necked Babbler. Plus White-fronted Falconet seen daily on its hunting ground provides opportunity for good photos too !

The forest reserve is about 5180 hectares and lies between Tenom and Sipitang district. Few places was chosen at different altitudes and habitats to get wider perspective of species around the area. By the time when I left, birds recorded was 106 species and the mammals survey team managed to add another 11 species last Thursday on the 25th of March.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, Fsa-L1 adapter with Nikon D300s



Discussing plans for the next few days with Kenneth, Elmer, Ruddy and Cede



One of the transect site visited daily along Tenom - Sipitang Highway



Breakfast !



Tenom town from Perkasa Hotel



Perkasa Hotel with a backdrop of the forest reserve




Sub-montane forest up to 1200m asl the highest point of the reserve



Green Broadbill



Banded Woodpecker



Juvenile Blyth's Hawk-Eagle on the nest



Rufous-tailed Shama



Chestnut-breasted Malkoha



Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot



View of lowland forest from the train





Violet Cuckoo



Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker



Hazy Tenom town in the morning



Ticket from Tenom - Beaufort for a train ride



Padas River as the main source of electricity on the West Coast of Sabah



Dipterocarp forest along Padas River



Cede and Kenneth



Nice carrier replaced the old ones


Happy birding everyone :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nikon Photography / Birding Workshop With Sandakan Foto








Venue : Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

Date : 7th - 9th May 2010

Registration Fee : RM 200 and limited to 70 participants only (Open for Public with or without Camera)

* LIMITED SEATS ARE STILL AVAILABLE *


Sandakan Foto is pleased to invite Sandakan Foto's loyal customers who purchased Nikon products to participate in this workshop.
  • Registration fee includes meals and workshop.
  • Accommodation is not included.

For registration, please contact Irene Chong at 0198137189 or email at ireneccm@gmail.com

And download this form at http://sandakanfoto.bravehost.com/Workshop%20Registration%202010.pdf


Workshop Speakers :

Mr. Cede Prudente - Wildlife Photographers (Sandakan)
Mr. Kelvin Chan - Studio Director / Photographer (Kuala Lumpur)
Mr. John Kong - Commercial Photographer (Kota Kinabalu)
Ms. CS Ling - Nature / Wildlife Photographer (Singapore)
Mr. Jason Bugay Reyes - Bird Guide / Digiscoper (Kota Kinabalu)
Mr. TS Wong - Bird Photographer (Tawau)


NOTES :
  • Purchase any Nikon binocular or cameras above RM 1000 and get RM 100 discount from the workshop.
  • Purchase Nikon Fieldscope and attend the workshop for FREE !
  • Offers valid from 1st March - 20th April 2010.
  • Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation and transportation to the venue.
  • You may contact Rowena (089-235525) or email at rowena@barefootsukau.com on your choice of the following recommended hotels / resorts:
  1. Fairy Garden
  2. Kinabalu Rose Cabin
  3. D'Villa Rina Ria Lodge

For more info on accommodation, kindly check this website at http://beautifulkk.com/sleeping/kundasang/


Itinerary - Photography / Birding Workshop

Talks at Rafflesia Conference Room, Natural History Gallery on 1st floor.



Exhibition and booth by Sandakan Foto selling Nikon products is from Saturday and Sunday.

ALL SALE OF PICTURES AT THE WORKSHOP WILL BE DONATED TO SABAH CHESHIRE HOME, KOTA KINABALU.

Come and join us !

See you there :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kinabalu Friendly Warbler (Bradypterus accentor)

1st - 4th March 2010



Birding with Hans at Kinabalu National Park and Tambunan Rafflesia Centre for couple of days recently and despite the dry weather at this moment, managed to get over 15 endemics and 2 lifers for myself, Ferruginous Flycatcher and Inornate Warbler hehehe plus excellent view of the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler with decent shots !

Key species seen and heard at both places:
  • Crimson-headed Partridge
  • Red-breasted Partridge
  • Mountain Serpent Eagle
  • Besra
  • Grey Nightjar
  • Mt. Barbet
  • Bornean Barbet
  • Orange-backed Woodpecker
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Bornean Leafbird
  • Scaly-breasted Bulbul
  • Kinabalu Friendly Warbler
  • Inornate Warbler
  • Bare-headed Laughingthrush
  • Mt. Blackeye
  • Fruithunter
  • Everett's Thrush
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter

Capture with Nikon D300s and 24-85mm lens.




Kinabalu Friendly Warbler, restricted to Mt. Kinabalu at the elevation of 200m and above. One of the rarest bird in Borneo.



Hans waiting for the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler



Grey Wagtail, common winter visitor



Together with Osman and Ck waiting for the Grey Nightjar



Happy birding !