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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Thursday, July 31, 2008

first batch of waders at lok kawi

30 sand plovers comprises of lesser and greater recorded at lok kawi beach today making them the 1st batch to arrived here similar like last year in late july. some of the bird still in breeding plumage with few juvenile mingling together with the rest. good sign for the survival of this species hehehe :p

but no wandering tattler ...

karim enjoying the breeze

perfect weather for snorkeling at one of the island

usual spot where the sand plover can be seen during the migration season

common sandpiper in breeding plumage and can be seen throughout the year here in sabah

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

happy birding !

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

paul and family

woke up early this morning and met paul and jean together with their kids from holland and has been on holiday nearly 5 weeks now for a day birding at kinabalu national park which started at power station then after breakfast, explored silau-silau trail that produced good birds for them hehehe :)

a bit cloudy then gradually blue sky accompanied us for the whole day and at power station, some of the endemic found was the bornean whistling thrush, chestnut-crested yuhina, mountain blackeye and the noisy bornean treepie.

photography possessed some difficulty especially birds that perched against the grey sky and got 2 record shot of the black and crimson oriole with the hair-crested drongo after lunch. some of fast enough birds for digiscoping such as ochraceous bulbul, bare-headed laughingthrush, mountain wren-babbler and the never-stay-put grey-throated babbler !

black and crimson oriole after swallowing green caterpillar

hair-crested drongo

other birds seen today :
  • bornean treepie
  • bornean whistling thrush
  • bornean whistler
  • checker-throated woodpecker
  • moutain leaf warbler
  • mountain tailorbird
  • whitehead's trogon
  • moutain imperial pigeon
  • white-browed shrike-babbler
  • white-throated fantail
  • indigo flycatcher with juvenile
  • ashy drongo
  • grey-chinned minivet
  • chestnut-hooded laughingthrush
  • glossy swiftlet
  • black-capped white-eye
  • black-sided flowerpecker

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

Saturday, July 26, 2008

in search of the wandering tattler

17th july 2008

my friend karim sighted a pair of probably wandering tattler few days ago and we went to tanjung aru on the next day during low tide around 3.00 in the afternoon to try our luck.

when i arrived, there were few peoples looking for bivalves, shells and other stuffs and only few waders such as common sandpiper, pacific reef egret and unidentified tern (quite far even with the scope).

and no wandering tattler and these bird is not recorded in borneo except for the common visitor; grey-tailed tattler. but who knows it might arrives on the shore this coming migration season :p

hehehe just wondering ...

late in the afternoon

great egret in breeding plumage

digiscoped with nikon fieldscope ED82, srb-griturn Mk II adapter and fujifilm f31d and sony ericsson k660i

Monday, July 14, 2008

my parents' in law house

while staying at my wife's house, i've noticed some of the asian glossy starling roosting at one of the beetle nut tree near the window and this is the shot :)

this starling is widespread throughout borneo and mostly moved in big flocks up to 50 birds and juvenile has streaked body and feeds on papaya :)

this week i'll be searching again for the hose's broadbill and giant pitta at poring hot spring with friends and hope be able to get record shot of this elusive birds

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

happy birding and digiscoping :p