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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

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Tufted Duck Behavior

Observing the Tufted Duck while getting the best shots is pretty interesting. Below is some of the example both by male and female after feeding.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s



Time to cool down from the heat of the day







I like when they stretched their wings !



Then feeding time again :)

Happy birding !

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passur montanus)



Commonest and the only Sparrow recorded in North Borneo. It was first sighted in 1964 and slowly establishing around Sabah. These was digiscoped at home at one evening ...

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s.

500mm ~ Cropped 33% and edited with Nikon Capture NX2


Merry Christmas for all my readers and thanks for your supports !

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Waders At Lok Kawi Beach

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



Grey Plover



Greater Sand Plover





Ruddy Turnstone



Lesser Sand Plover


Happy birding !

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hook-billed Bulbul Mission

7th - 8th December 2010



A short visit to Klias Peatswamp Forest Reserve with the gang recently searching for the elusive Hook-billed Bulbul, only seen and photographed by Seng before the rained that lasted for an hour !

Total of 55 birds seen and key species recorded at the Centre :
  • Chestnut-bellied Malkoha
  • Common Goldenback
  • Red-crowned Barbet
  • Bornean Magpie

Pictures digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s together with 30x eyepiece and Nikon Coolpix P7000



Hostel provided by the Centre with air condition and WiFi



Waiting for the Hook-billed Bulbul



3 km long boardwalk with shelters every 100 metres



Then it rained ...



Shooting at Dragonfly



Alven and Chai busy with the Sticky Frog



Common Goldenback




Chestnut-bellied Malkoha




Black-naped Monarch




Long-tailed Parakeet





Sticky Frog sp.




Pacific Swallow






Interesting lookin Dragonfly & Damselfy seen during the trip. At least 4 species was recorded there


Good birding !

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ducks Of North Borneo

10th December 2010



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.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s



Lagoon where the Ducks is



Northern Shoveler



Garganey



Pretty looking Tufted Duck



Wandering Whistling Duck



Happy birding folks !