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!


For more info on my birding and wildlife photography tours around Sabah and Sarawak, please visit my blog at http://birdersofborneo.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Sound Recordings at Xeno-Canto

20th November 2018



I have uploaded a few bird calls recorded in Sabah during my birding trips with Sennheiser ME66/K6 mic with Tascam DR-44WL. This is the link https://www.xeno-canto.org/contributor/EXRPOCMOXC If you have any questions, feel free to email me at horukuru@gmail.com

Some of the birds with the call below. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (C)



Mountain Serpent Eagle (endemic)  https://www.xeno-canto.org/433836



  


Rufous-collared Kingfisher https://www.xeno-canto.org/430847



Red-bearded Bee-Eater https://www.xeno-canto.org/419742



White-crowned Hornbill https://www.xeno-canto.org/442121



Bornean Bristlehead (endemic) https://www.xeno-canto.org/442281



Hook-billed Bulbul https://www.xeno-canto.org/428458



Mountain Wren-Babbler (endemic) https://www.xeno-canto.org/430845



Striped Wren-Babbler https://www.xeno-canto.org/442124




Happy birding!


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


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Danum Valley

22-26th October 2018



Spent a few days with friends from Pontianak at Danum Valley Field Centre. Mainly for wildlife and landscapes. It didn't disappoint everyone with a daily visit to the Global Atmosphere Watch Tower to watched the sunrise and amazing view of the misty rainforest of Sabah, Borneo! We also managed to get a close shots of the North Grey Gibbon, Orang Utan, Red Leaf Monkey, Black and Crimson Pitta and many more.

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



Orang Utan



Changeable Hawk-Eagle




Morning coffee while enjoying the view of the rainforest



Recording the North Grey Gibbon calls in the morning at the tower with Sennheiser ME66/K6 and Tascam DR-44WL mounted on the Swarovski Optik Professional Tripod Head (PTH)



Undisturbed primary rainforest of Danum Valley is managed by Yayasan Sabah together with Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon



A visit to the tower is a must to for sunrise and sunset



Friendly Whiskered Tern captured at the bridge





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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Golden Sunrise at Danum Valley

23rd October 2018



One of the best place in Sabah to watched the sunrise among the misty rainforest at Danum Valley. A visit to Global Atmosphere Watch Tower is a must for visitors staying at Danum Valley Field Centre (DVFC). Still on birding tours. Back home this Friday.

Taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm f2.8 VR II. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED






Happy birding!


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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

FIlming at Malua and Deramakot Forest Reserve

20-25th August 2018



Short filming trip with crews from NHK Japan regarding the natural salt licks found in those reserves which is favoured by mammals such as Banteng and Orang Utan as recorded by Dr. Hisashi last time. Below is some of the images taken with Huawei and DJI. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



Lunch with the gang at Malua



One of the best Koo Loo Meen I have tasted so far at Lahad Datu!



Buying some stuffs for Deramakot



Orang Utan at Malua



Yoktan with Rieko and cameraman Masashi



Along the access road at Deramakot



Magical sunrise with clouds of the tropical rainforest at Deramakot, Telupid


 

Banteng dung at Malua



 Malua substation



Ariel view of Deramakot Forest Reserve



Malua River



Balat substation next to Kinabatangan River at Deramakot



 Dr. Hisashi explaining the skull structure of the old Banteng at Malua substation




Happy filming!


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Birds os Sabah

30th July - 10th August 2018



As part of their yearly holidays, Peter and Martina decided to spent birding in Sabah covering the usual hot spots at Mt. Kinabalu, Sepilok, Kinabatangan River and Danum Valley. Both are keen photographers and managed to capture some of the rare species found here too.

Highlight species:
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant at Tenegang tributary
  • North Grey Gibbon, eye level view from the Global Atmosphere Watch Tower 
  • Helmeted Hornbill were seen calling from the fruiting tree at Danum Valley
  • Giant Pitta showed well at Danum Valley
  • Bornean Bristlehead near the Borneo Rhino Centre
  • Rufous-collared Kingfisher at Sepilok
  • Everett's Thrush with great sound recording too!
  • Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker at Mt. Silam near the observation tower

Some of the recording during the trip (click on the link):

Images taken with Swarovski STX95, DJI Mavic Pro and Huawei. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Ariel view of Sukau Greenview Lodge, Kinabatangan River



Sunrise at Sukau Village, Kinabatangan River



Red-throated Barbet female at Poring Substation, Sabah Parks



Cracking view of this Rufous Woodpecker!



 Together with Bob at the river



Waiting for the Whitehead's Spiderhunter at Kinabalu Park HQ



Martina and Peter watches the quiet Bornean Forktail at Mahua Waterfall Substation, Tambunan



Smallest and endemic to North Borneo, this elusive White-fronted Falconet considered the tiniest Raptors in the world



Sunrise at Kinabatangan River 



Taking pictures of the pretty Blue-eared Kingfisher



Menanggul tributary is well known for its wildlife such as Orang Utan and Proboscis Monkey



The best Sinalau Beef at Kundasang!



Bat Hawk at Batu Tulug, Kinabatangan River




View of the islands at Lahad Datu from Mt. Silam



Observation tower at Menara Kayangan, Mt. Silam, Lahad Datu and it is opens daily



Dean from Sticky Rice Travel taking time lapse pictures of the sunrise in the mist at Danum Valley



Teo and Lister from Sticky Rice Travel keeping an eyes on the tall Menggaris Tree for the Red Giant Flying Squirrel in the late afternoon at Danum Valley



At last it rained at Kinabatangan River!



Together with Belle and Ateh from Sticky Rice Travel at Danum Valley Field Centre, Lahad Datu




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


Good birding!