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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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Asian Bird Festival 2019 Post Tour

1st -10th October 2019



Delegates from China, Taiwan, Canada and Costa Rica spent for a week in Sabah after the Asian Bird Festival in Kuching Sarawak. We covered Mt. Kinabalu, Sepilok, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley with highlight species such as Helmeted Hornbill, Large Frogmouth, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Bornean Falconet and Crested Jay. No Pitta was seen during the trip including the rare Bornean Bristlehead!

Images taken with Swarovski STX95 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Digiscoping the Blue-naped Parrot with Swarovski BTX95 at Tanjung Aru Beach



My 8x30 CL, excellence performer in a small package!



 Morning cruise at Menanggul tributary, Kinabatangan River



 Blue-throated Bee-Eater at Sepilok Bed & Breakfast



Watching the endemic Bornean Falconet on its favourite death tree next to the restaurant at INFAPRO, Danum Valley



We got the Large Frogmouth roosting on the road side at Danum Valley 



Group photo at Kinabatangan River



Recording of the Wallace's Hawk-Eagle at Menanggul tributary, Kinabatangan River with Tascam DR44-WL on Sennheiser ME66/K6 mic https://www.xeno-canto.org/502306


Happy birding!



Thursday, August 29, 2019

Short Birding Trip with Andreas and Cecilia

17-22nd August 2019



It was a short birding trip with the couple from China and we saw some of their target birds such as Whitehead's Trogon, Whitehead's Broadbill, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Orang Utan and unexpected detoured to Silam Forest Reserve, we got the Blue-banded Pitta!

Images taken with Swarovski Optik. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Rainbow at Kundasang...



With Apis at Kinabatangan River



Afternoon cruise in search for the Rhinoceros Hornbill



 Spined Spider at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok



Happy faces after seeing naked Red-naped Trogon along the Gomantong Caves road!



Rambutan, one of the famous local fruits available during the fruiting season. Good booster during breakfast hahaha



Banded Woodpecker



Happy birding!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Little Tern

31st July 2019



There were at least 15 Little Terns flying around the beach of Mimpian Jadi Resort at Tuaran and saw one sitting on its nest with 2 eggs. Other species seen including Lesser Sand Plover, Paddyfield Pipit, Pacific Swallow and Collared Kingfisher. Normally by August or September, these Tern will moved to other places together with its immature.

Images taken with Swarovski Optik STX95 and Nikon V1. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



The BTX module, such a joy to used on the field for a longer observation. It uses 2 eyepieces similar with binocular. For more info, please visit Swarovski Optik, Austria website.












Happy birding!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tawai Rainforest Camp, Telupid

5th July 2019



On my way to Sandakan, I decided to pay a bit of more visit to the newly upgraded facilities at Tawai Rainforest Camp that is popular among the locals mainly for the river itself. It takes only 10 minutes drive from the main Kota Kinabalu-Sandakan Road onto the reserve. In 2009, I was involved with the bird survey under Heart of Borneo http://horukuru.blogspot.com/2009/08/tawai-forest-reserve-telupid.html and I was informed, in 2016, Sabah Forestry Department decided to promote this place as one of the recreation centres along the Tongod Road in the interior.

There were several birds seen and heard especially the rare Chestnut-naped Fortail hunting on the rocks along the river. Black-headed Bulbul, Little Spiderhunter and many more.




 Prices for chalets



This place is also popular for those who likes to do a bit of walking to the 2nd highest waterfall in Sabah. It takes about 30 minutes drive from the centre to the starting point then another 2 hours walked to the waterfall.  



Well maintained trail to the upper section of the river. This place is good for a bit of birding




Pool sections for visitors




Changing rooms and toilets with gazebos





I stayed here in 2009. It is way better now!




Happy birding!


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Camping at Tegudon Village, Kota Belud

14-15th June 2019



Spent a night at this lovely place mainly to get away from the city life at the same time managed to took a few pictures from the top and there were at least 8 gardens birds were heard and seen from the camping site.
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (very vocal early in the morning)
  • Common Iora
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • White-breasted Wood Swallow
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul 
  • Pied Fantail
  • Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow


Farmer crosses the iconic suspension bridge toward the paddy field with Mt. Kinabalu as the backdrop



The shorter Mt. Nungkok, is another attraction for visitors in Kota Belud besides the famous Mt. Kinabalu at the back 



Camping ground



Best place for Milkyway...


 

The best meal for camping!



Morning view from Tegudon



Tent were powered with GoalZero Sherpa 50 powerbank



Coffee with Hario!


 
 Paddy field capture with DJI Drone 




Happy birding!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Birding with Cheema and the gang

20-29th April 2019



Spent a week with the group of bird photographers from India and visited the usual birdwatching hot spots; Kinabalu Park HQ, Sepilok Forest Reserve, Kinabatangan River and the awesome Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Their main target was Pitta and Kingfisher and the mega Bornean Bristlehead (dipped) plus it was quite a struggled to get some of the endemics at Mt. Kinabalu due to the current dry spell...

Images taken during the trip with Huawei P10 Mate Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Think Tank Photo it is!



Canopy walkway leading to Bristlehead Tower at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok



View of Mt. Trusmadi at the far distance, the 2nd highest peak in Sabah Borneo



Mt. Kinabalu...



Misty morning at Kundasang



Huge area of paddy fields at Tempasuk Plain, Kota Belud, one of the best places to watched migratory birds from September-April every year



Sunrise at Kinabatangan River...



Shooting the Lesser Fish Eagle at Tenegang tributary, Kinabatangan River



My favourite section at Simud Hitam Cave, Gomantong Caves




Happy birding everyone. For more info on my birding and bird photography tours in Sabah, please visit my other birding blog at http://birdersofborneo.blogspot.com/


Friday, April 12, 2019

Silam Coast, Semporna and Maliau Basin Trip

19-27th March 2019



8 days trips on the East Coast of Sabah started in Lahad Datu town, the main gateway for visitors to Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Danum Valley. I went to Silam Coast mainly for the White-vented Whistler and also Black-naped Fruit-Dove, but unfortunately, no birds were seen there. Then up to Semporna town around 2 hours drive mainly for the Bohey Dulang, Tatagan, Mantabuan and Sibuan Island. The trip ended for a few days at Maliau Basin. Total distance in kilometres is around 950km loop via Tawau Kalabakan Keningau road.

Images taken with Huawei P10. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Waterbirds counting at Lahad Datu Fish Market with the Swarovski BTX95. Few Chinese Egrets here



View from the top of Silam Coast Conservation Centre (SCCA)



Waiting for the Black-naped Fruit Dove




Ariel view of the Silam Camp which happened to be one of the earliest settlements for Filipino migrants in Sabah in the 50s mainly for the timber industry



Tatangan Island with the Bajau Palao aka Sea Gypsies



On top of Bohey Dulang Island at Semporna! The hike was around 45 minutes in a 700m long from the base. Tour operator such as Pakej Budak Merah for the trip is highly recommended. RM 150 (malaysian and additional RM 30 for non malaysian) for 4 island hopping including permit, snorkeling gears and lunch 



Great view of the Mantabuan Island which is famous for visitors



One of the fine beach at Sibuan Island, the last point before back to Semporna Town



Enjoying the view of the rainforest at Maliau Basin with Swarovski Optik EL 8x32



Cemented access road leading to the Canopy Walkway and Camping Ground 



The new section of Canopy Walkway at Maliau Basin



Taking landscape pictures #digiscoping with Swarovski STX95 at Maliau Basin Observation Tower. I saw the endemic Bornean Falconet at one of the tree nearby!



Awesome sunset at Tambunan Valley on my way back home...






I will be on tour from the 20-29th April with a group from India. Happy birding!