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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

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Birding With Keith & Maureen

11th - 27th March 2011



Had an enjoyable trip with Keith and Maureen searching for endemic species around Sabah recently plus managed to see wild Orang Utan, the rare Bornean Ground Cuckoo and a pair of very confiding Whitehead's Trogon with pictures !

Total species seen : 280 over and key species :
  • Bornean Ground Cuckoo - A pair seen well for more than a minute !
  • Dark Hawk Cuckoo - Enjoying the morning sun at Kinabalu National Park
  • Mt. Serpent Eagle - Seen soaring from Mempening Trail
  • Crimson-headed and Red-breasted Partridge
  • Blue-headed and Black & Crimson Pitta - At Borneo Rainforest Lodge
  • 8 species of Hornbills
  • Whitehead's Broadbill
  • Black-throated Wren-Babbler
  • Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher - A pair seen at Poring Hot Spring
  • Thick-billed Flowerpecker
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter - Usual place at Tambunan :)

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


Paul with Keith and Maureen waiting for the Black & Crimson Pitta


Morning cruise on misty Kinabatangan River



Whitehead's Trogon



Black-sided Flowerpecker



Pale-faced Bulbul



Long-tailed Shrike



Dark Hawk Cuckoo



Indigo Flycatcher



Little Cuckoo Dove



Rufous-winged Philentoma



Common Kingfisher



Thick-billed Flowerpecker



Fiery Minivet



Ruddy Kingfisher



Red-bearded Bee Eater



Bornean Ground Cuckoo



Malaysian Blue Flycatcher



Bornean Crested Fireback



Blue-headed Pitta



Striped Wren Babbler


Happy birding !

Monday, March 7, 2011

Birding With Erik's Group

20th Feb - 5th March 2011



Total species seen : 269 at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre, Kinabalu National Park, Kota Belud and Manukan Island, Sepilok, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley. Dipped on Whitehead's Trogon and Whitehead's Broadbill with Bornean Ground Cuckoo plus the Blue-banded Pitta but had a good view of Mountain Serpent Eagle, Whitehead's Spiderhunter and Everett's Thrush.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s and 80-400mm VR lens.



Waiting for the Orang Utan and eventually after more than 1 hour, it came out from its hiding and seen feeding along the roadside



Scarlet-rumped Trogon



Velvet-fronted Nuthatch



Chestnut-naped Forktail



Eastern Marsh Harrier, uncommon winter visitor from North Asia



Oriental Pratincole, breeder visitor mostly seen at paddy fields



Malaysian Blue Flycatcher



Resident Ruddy Kingfisher has brownish plumage and these one was seen feeding on termite nest at Kinabatangan River



Wrinkled Hornbill, one of the 8 species in North Borneo



Western Tarsier



Proboscis Monkey, endemic to Borneo Island together with its baby


I will be away from the 11th - 29th March with another couple for birding tour. Hope this time I can get the Blue-banded Pitta's pictures !

Happy birding folks :)