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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, February 28, 2018

Birding With Jim

23-26th February 2018

Jim was with me in 2013 for the montane endemics at Kinabalu. After a few years, he decided to try the lowland specialty such as Pitta and Bristlehead. Stayed for a few days at Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge, it was a bit quiet than usual. Managed to get 2 Pitta and Trogon with other species too.

Highlights were:
  • Bornean Banded Pitta
  • Black and Crimson Pitta
  • Large Frogmouth
  • Orange-breasted Trogon
  • Speckled Piculet

View of the tropical rainforest in the morning at Danum Valley Field Centre

My favourite Whiskered Treeswift


Donny were waiting for the Black & Crimson Pitta along the access road at Kawag

Danum River at Field Centre

Birding around the lodge

 Morning view of the tropical rainforest from Global Atmosphere Watch Tower, Danum Valley Field Centre

Jim will be back next time with his wife for the Bornean Bristlehead and Bornean Ground-Cuckoo!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Red-throated Pipit

3rd January 2018

After 2 attempts, at last I got the vagrant Red-throated Pipit including the Black-headed Bunting at Penampang Paddy Field. Based on the records, these 2 species were seen many years ago on the other side of Sabah by fellow bird guides.

There were 2 Red-throated Pipit and several Black-headed Bunting. Best time would be early in the morning around 7 AM. Other species could be seen nearby such as Java Sparrow, Striated Grassbird, Chinese Pond-Heron, Black-headed and Dusky Munia (endemic), Black-collared Starling with Purple Heron and many more.

Digiscoping with Swarovski STX 65 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 Preening for a while before foraging for food nearby

The weather is unpredictable at this moment but I will try my best to get a photos of the Black-headed Bunting

Good birding!

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Super Moon and Blood Moon

31st January 2018

Occurs every 152 years, the Supermoon and Bloodmoon was capture with the excellent Swarovski Optik STX65 spotting scope via Nikon V1 camera from Sabah, Borneo

Super Moon


Blood Moon 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018


21st January 2018

Old video of the rare Bornean Bristlehead capture from one of the highest trees at Danum Valley. It responded to the playback and after a while, 2 birds flew on top and allowed for a few minutes observation with the excellent Swarovski STX 95 spotting scope.

Facts: The only specie on its family and endemic to the island of Borneo, mostly in the lowland rainforest. Based on my records, it does move sometimes with the endemic Bornean Black Magpie because certain notes from the former, the calls resembles like the Bristlehead.

Digiscoped with Swarovski STX 95 at 70x. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018


13th January 2018

Sabah is one of the wintering ground for Garganey and other visiting Ducks from North Asia. This group were found at Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud, one of the best places in the state to observed migratory birds. Based on the count, it was around 50++ including Shoveler, Eurasian Teal and Tufted Duck. I still need to see Mallard hahaha because it is considered a vagrant for North Borneo.

Digiscoped with Swarovsi Optik STX65 at 60x. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Striped Wren-Babbler

12th January 2018

One of my favourite birds found in the lowland rainforest of Sabah, Borneo. This was recorded at Tabin Wildlife Reserve, one of the biggest protected forest in Sabah, about 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Lahad Datu town on the East Coast. For more info on the reserve, check out Tabin's website at

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