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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

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94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Birding With Paul and Ruth

9th - 10th January 2008

Stayed for a night at Kinabalu National Park and on this particular trip, I've missed the Whitehead's trio (except for Spiderhunter which was heard along Silau-Silau Trail). What surprised me too is the absent of Little Pied Flycatcher and Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher which i always see while birding. Probably another sign of declining species at the mountain ?

The good news is, saw my lifer, Red-throated Flycatcher which was seen and digiscoped by my friend Ck last November hahaha but only Ruth missed it as she was a bit far that time.

Saw and heard:
  • Red-breasted Partridge (heard)
  • Crimson-headed Partridge
  • Oriental Cuckoo (heard)
  • Large Hawk Cuckoo (heard)
  • Mountain Imperial Pigeon
  • Little Cuckoo Dove
  • Barn Swallow
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Golden-naped Barbet (endemic)
  • Maroon Woodpecker
  • Ashy Drongo
  • Black and Crimson Oriole
  • Bornean Treepie (endemic)
  • Grey-chinned Minivet
  • Sunda Cuckooshrike
  • White-browed Shortwing
  • Grey-throated Babbler
  • Chestnut-crested Yuhina
  • Ochraceous Bulbul
  • Flavescent Bulbul
  • Short-tailed Magpie
  • Chestnut-hooded Laughtingthrush (endemic)
  • Sunda Laughingthrush
  • Bare-headed Laughingthrush (endemic)
  • Bornean Whistling Thrush (endemic)
  • Orange-headed Thrush (heard)
  • Everett's Thrush (endemic)
  • White-crowned Forktail
  • Mountain Tailorbird
  • Yellow-breasted Warbler
  • Mountain Leaf Warbler
  • Bornean Stubtail (endemic)
  • Indigo Flycatcher
  • Snowy-browed Flycatcher
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher
  • Red-throated Flycatcher (lifer)
  • White-throated Fantail
  • Mugimaki Flycatcher (Did not see this bird last year)
  • Bornean Whistler (endemic)
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Plain Sunbird
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Temminck's Sunbird
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter
  • Black-sided Flowerpecker (endemic)
  • Black-capped White-eye
  • Mountain Blackeye (endemic)
Non-bird seen:
  • Giant Squirrel
  • Bornean Black-Banded Squirrel
  • Treesrew
Mt. Kinabalu

Pretty looking Butterfly landed on Paul's shoulder

Liwagu River

Golden-naped Barbet

Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush nesting near the restaurant


They are on their way to Sepilok and Kinabatangan River then at Danum Valley Field Centre. Before they came, they've been touring around West Malaysia and saw many birds especially at Fraser's Hill.

Planning for trip to Mantanani Island this month with Ck hehehe hoping to see the Mantanani Scops Owl and Nicobar Pigeon :p

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Gritun Mk II adapter and Fujifilm F31d

Happy birding !