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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

Monday, April 25, 2011

Birding With Y Bird Japan Group Part II

21st - 24th April 2011



Spent few days with Ken and his group from YBird Japan at Sepilok and Kinabatangan River. Heard the Bornean Ground Cuckoo at Gomantong Cave but too far inside the forest from the access road.

Total of 120 over species of birds seen and some of them were Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s, 80-400mm VR and Coolpix P7000


Shooting the Black-backed Kingfisher



Newly open lodge operated by Borneo Nature Lodge with open glass concept applied on the rooms and restaurant and has bird tower too.



Oriental Pied Hornbill seen in the morning feeding around the lodge



Stork-billed Kingfisher



Orang Utan having siesta in the afternoon



Black-nest Swiftlet at Gomantong Cave



Crested Serpent Eagle



Looking at the Storm's Stork



Black & Red Broadbill



Female Red-naped Trogon



Visiting Ruddy Kingfisher at Sepilok



Fiery Minivet



Morning mist at Kinabatangan River


Happy birding everyone !

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bornean Forktail (Enicurus borneoensis)

9th April 2011



While waiting for the Whitehead's Trogon with Joe and Sis, suddenly a pair of these elusive and rather shy Forktail appeared from the nearby stream right onto the busy road leading up to the Power Station. It was seen feeding around the area for nearly an hour providing excellent opportunity for pictures !

Bornean Forktail (Enicurus borneoensis) (BF) was split (Moyle et al 2005) from White-crowned Forktail (Enicurus leschenaulti) (WCF) based on the followings :
  • The white shield stop on top of its forehead whereas WCF extended on the crown.
  • Much bigger in size than WCF with longer and has 4 pair of white patches on its tail
  • Different vocalizations
  • Different habitat with BF mostly found at the mountains e.g Kinabalu National Park and WCF further down lowland forest e.g Danum Valley

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











Happy birding !