6th - 9th December 2012
Some of the images taken during the expo held at Tawau Hills Park recently organized by Sabah Park. One of the main program was the Bird Race and Bird Photography Race and saw winners from the previous teams Little Bitter and Maliu Basin that competed at Borneo Bird Festival last October.
Total birds seen and heard was over 100++ recorded by the competing teams and Marshall in charge. One of the highlight was the sighting of Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and caused debate among birdwatcher that day between Large-billed Blue Flycatcher (LBBF)or Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (MBF). The evidence of female MBF and sound checked both by Jollence and Andrew Siani, confirming it was a MBF instead of LBBF !
Seen perched low near the ground ...
Other activities such as daily Traditional Dancing by ethnics from Tawau town, Traditional Games also indoor exhibition by Sabah Park, Wildlife Department, Yayasan Sabah, University Malaysia Sabah and Sandakan Foto.
Sandakan Foto, my favorite shop for camera stuff, binoculars and scopes. The only shop that supports the development of birdwatching and nature related event in Sabah !
Images taken with Nikon D700, D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x and 24-85mm
Booth by Bugis ethnic
Booth by Iban community
Nescafe provided free coffee for visitors
By Murut group
Minority Tidung group only found on the Southwest of Sabah
Coverage by National Radio & Television, Tawau branch throughout the event
Some of the tallest Dipterocarp trees seen from Kinabalu Avian Club & Borneo Bird Club / Sandakan Foto booth where visitors came and tested some of the Sport Optics on display by Nikon Malaysi. The tallest tropical tree in the world is found here ~ 88.32 metres !
Before the photo session of the Bird Race committee together with Irene from Sandakan Foto (right)
From left to right : Alim Biun, Puan Rimy, Gary (Borneo Bird Club President), Hamit, John Bakar, Mirwan, Jollence, Andrew Siani and yours truly (Kinabalu Avian Club President) at BoBC / KAC booth
Presenting my picture of Purple-naped Sunbird to Mr. Ariffin Johari, Park Warden for Tawau Hills Park during the closing ceremony
I will be on tour with Andrew this coming Sunday to Mt. Kinabalu and Sepilok Forest Reserve and back to Kota Kinabalu on the 20th December. I will be back to Tawau Hills Park with the gang next April for more bird survey. Hope to see the endemic Bornean Bristlehead as seen at the Natural History Gallery !
Happy birding !