3rd December 2011
Upon seeing this bird posted at Facebook, I rushed to the site at Mengkabong village, Tuaran and saw single bird busy feeding together with Wood Sandpiper, Wandering Whistling Duck and Common Moorhen.
The next few days, it became a hit among birders and photographers as far as Sandakan plus few visiting birders from Japan and Canada. A first record for Sabah, it was out of its range as the nearest wintering ground for this bird is at Hong Kong.
Thanks to Jiun Loong Lai for finding this mega bird and with the increasing numbers of birders cum digiscopers/photographers, Sabah is getting more and more interesting sighting of rare birds especially during the migratory season from September - April compared with few years ago where it was only a handful of enthusiasts.
The best lifer for this year !
Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s
Happy birding !