My Binoculars and Spotting Scopes Supported by Swarovski Optik

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, November 26, 2018

Tempasuk Plains, Kota Belud

25th November 2018

I was hoping for the vagrant Spot-billed Duck and rare Green Sandpiper which were spotted a few weeks ago, but after several hours scanning the area, luck was not on my side. The best thing is, I have found the strength of the BTX module by Swarovski Optik, which allows for comfortable long usage scanning with two eyes without causing any strains which I do encountered sometimes on the spotting scope.

Default power with the 95mm objective module is at 30x. But if I need more power, the ME 1.7x magnification extender, can gets me to 60x without sacrificing a lot on the sharpness and contrast from the glass itself. The module also comes with adjustable forehead rest too.

 List of birds seen:
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove
  • Watercock
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Black-bcked Swamphen
  • Common Moorhen
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Kentish Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Temminck's Stint
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Common Snipe
  • Oriental Pranticole
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Yellow Bittern
  • Cattle Egret
  • Eastern Great Egret
  • Purple Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Chinese Pond Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Eastern Marsh Harrier
  • Eurasian Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Striated Grassbird
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Pacific Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow

The spot for the Spot-billed Duck, Garganey with Cotton Pygmy-Goose

Elephant's Grass is taller than my Toyota Land Cruiser!

Mt. Kinabalu at the background



Tempasuk, one of the important wintering ground for bird from North Asia from September-April

Happy birding everyone!

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