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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

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Birding With Bjorn Olesen & Fanny

3rd - 6th May 2012



Spent another few days at Kinabalu National Park to get some of the endemic birds in Borneo for Bjorn Olesen, an award winning wildlife photographer from Singapore with collection over 40k++ images taken throughout the world.

Weather was great in the morning but at lunch time, heavy rain lasted for few hours with thick mist at the mountain. Only managed to get few good shots of birds together with Nephentes Rajah and luckily there were 2 blooming Rafflesia Keithi at Poring Substation, about 45 minutes drive from the Headquarters.

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



Shooting the Pale-faced Bulbul at Mesilau Substation



Regional endemic of this beauty, Black-capped White Eye



Nephentes Rajah, the biggest Monkey Cup in the world only found at Borneo



Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush, one of the 3 Laughingthrush at Mt. Kinabalu



Pale-faced Bulbul, endemic to Borneo



Mini gallery at Vivianne Garden


   
The entrance to see the biggest flower in the world !



Healthy looking flower and on the left top petal is the Blue Carrion Fly the main pollinator. This flower could last only for few days ...



Soon will bloom. It takes up to 9 month from bud to become flower.



Little Pied Flycatcher



 View of the Crocker Range from my room at Lily's Lodge



Golden-naped Barbet, another endemic to this island


Happy birding !

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Birding With Dave Irving

27th April - 1st May 2012 



Spent few days with Dave Irving who hailed from England but currently based in Taiwan, taking pictures of birds and wildlife at Sepilok then few nights at Sukau Greenview Bed & Breakfast.

Key species seen during the 5 days trip was :
  • Storm's Stork ~ Performing mating ritual on air 
  • White-crowned Hornbill ~ A pair seen crossing the Menanggul river
  • Rhinoceros Hornbill ~ Seen at Sepilok Bed & Breakfast feeding on the fruiting tree
  • Bornean Ground Cuckoo ~ Seen running very fast up and down the riverbank. Heard 2 days in a row
  • Bornean Bristlehead ~ Only single bird seen in flight from Bristlehead Tower
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant ~ More than 100++ at the river !
  • Orang Utan ~ On final morning at Menanggul river !

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



Dave Irving shooting at the Baya Weaver



Female Baya Weaver



Javan Myna only found on the East Coast of Sabah



Blue-eared Barbet at one of the fruiting tree at RDC



Cream-vented Bulbul



Bornean Brown Barbet



Olive-winged Bulbul



Flying Lizard



Female Brown-throated Sunbird



John Bakar



Mark at Kinabatangan River



Bornean Pygmy Elephant



Sunset at Kinabatangan River



The elusive Bornean Ground Cuckoo



Blue-eared Kingfisher



The endangered Storm's Stork 



Snake sp.



Purple Heron



Oriental Pied Hornbill



Wrinkled Hornbill ~ My favorite !



Commonest raptor at the river, Crested Serpent Eagle



Endemic Proboscis Monkey



Lesser Fish Eagle



Female Malaysian Blue Flycatcher with nesting material



Orang Utan



Wagler's Pit Viper



My favorite shot so far of this resident Pacific Swallow from the jetty at Sukau Greenview Bed & Breakfast



My lifer, Baya Weaver ! Thanks to Alphon aka Beastmaster :)


Happy birding !