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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Friday, December 28, 2007

where is the lesser adjutant ?

28th dec 2007

while browsing at one of local photographer blog last night, i stumbled upon one picture that really opened my eyes wide !

he got the lesser adjutant at likas wetland centre yesterday hahaha as few of my friends was chasing this bird at the same place last week hoping to get good pictures, but unfortunately not very lucky that day.

so birded at the centre this morning and while waiting at the hide for the lesser adjutant to appeared, saw another lifer, grey-faced buzzard flying very low and then perched on a bare tree without leaves. quite far even with my 30x eyepiece so i took few pictures of the buzzard that lasted for half and hour before it flew off again.

a winter visitor from NE asia

karim and andrew

this is jordan who photographed the lesser adjutant yesterday and a nice chap hehehe :)

main attraction for today as this common kingfisher despite the name, is difficult to get decent pictures hahaha :p

wrapped up in the afternoon hopefully would be able to see the adjutant next week after my tours ...

digiscoped with nikon ED82, srb-griturn adapter and fujifilm f31d

Sunday, December 23, 2007

somewhere out there ...

23rd dec 2007

not in the mood for birding, when i woke up this morning around 5am, suddenly it came to my mind about broad-billed sandpiper and red knot that was found by fellow birders last month at kota belud.

so drove this morning while listening to rock music at the same time enjoying the mists that covered along the way from my parents house to the paddy fields, what a nice feeling ...

when i arrived, sun was blocked by thick clouds but mt. kinabalu stands proud from the distance and it reminds me of someone whom i missed so much and far away from me :0

went back home after few hours looking on the field but still unlucky with the sandpiper and knot, maybe next time as what i normally whispers to myself hahaha :p

quite far from the main road, few of these purple swamphen seen feeding together with watercocks and white-breasted waterhens.

digiscoped with nikon ED82, srb-griturn adapter and fujifilm f31d

bird list for migratory species only

black-winged stilt numbering more than 100
kentish plover
long-toed stint
wood sandpiper
grey wagtail
whiskered tern
white-winged tern
barn swallow
common greenshank
grey heron
marsh sandpiper <--- nearly mistaken as a ruff ! little ringed plover peregrine falcon common moorhen happy birding and digiscoping !

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

what a nice life !

8th dec 2007

came back from mt. kinabalu yesterday with a group of 35 members from another state in west malaysia, negeri sembilan or in english means, the ninth state which is lies on the south west of the peninsular and took about 45 minutes drive from the city of kuala lumpur.

stayed at sinisan homestay, visited the kinabalu national park and then at sabah tea :) had much fun and laughters and enjoyed my time together with them.

then went birding again this morning at lok kawi beach together with andrew and to my surprised, many red-necked stint today !

dedicated to mtpn group, thanks guys :D

greater sand plover

pacific golden plover

common ringed plover (uncommon for Borneo)

ruddy turnstone standing on the rock while red-necked stint was busy preening themselves ...

taken with nikon ED82, srb-griturn adapter and fujifilm f31d

then before i left, another agent called and booked me 4 birding trip next february with a group from japan, yahoo !

happpy birding and digiscoping :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

nice and warm day

3th december 2007

technology really helps birders especially when we saw lifer around the city :) andrew and sinooorita found and photograped bar-tailed godwit at tg aru water village opposite sutera harbour resort in the morning during low tide.

so went this morning and start shooting with them and saw the godwit not far from where i parked my car hehehe. walked slowly towards the bird and less than 50 metres, done ! captured live view and many shots of the bar-tailed godwit and few other waders too.

but found out, most of my shots wasnt sharp enough and some of them was overexposed ...

enjoy the pictures !

some of the great, little and chinese egrets gathering on the edge of the water

houses built on stilts where mixed tribes lives there

andrew taking pictures of the pacific golden plover together with the bar-tailed godwit

this grey-tailed tattler was heading towards me so i couldnt resist taking few frames of it even though it is really difficult to take pics while panning and focusing at the same time on the scope ...

one of my favorite shot today :p little-green heron less than 10 metres !

new addition to my list this year, bar-tailed godwit hahaha :)

thanks to andrew and karim today had much fun shooting under the blue sky

happy birding and digiscoping :o

taken with nikon fieldsc0pe ED82, srb-griturn adapter and fujifilm f31d

Sunday, December 9, 2007

1st winter black-headed gull

8th december 2007

been looking for the black-headed gull since last year, i went to tg. aru water village opposite the sutera harbour resort. there was fire the engulfed the village last october few days before the Eid festival after ramadhan.

saw 2 1st winter gulls perched on the stilts on the 4th december together with great, chinese and little egrets, many whiskered terns and pacific reef egret.

then andrew sani came and start shooting with his new toys; 40D with 100-400mm IS L lens !

digiscoped with nikon fieldscope ED82, srb-griturn adapter and fujifilm f31d

happy birding !