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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Birding With Sander And Ben

16th March 2009

Had fun with Sander and Ben birding for a day around Kota Belud, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu and Lok Kawi with Tanjung Aru Beach. Seen 24 out of 33 target species for Sander and the main highlight was 2 Little Egret (race nigripes has black feet), 1 Temminck's Stint and my lifer, Red-legged Crake hahaha seen at Tempasuk Paddy Field.

Birds seen :
  • Purple Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Pacific Reef Egret
  • Great Egret
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Javan Pond Heron (assuming breeding plumage)
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Rufous Night Heron
  • Yellow Bittern
  • Cinnamon Bittern
  • Wandering Whistling Duck
  • Osprey
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Red-legged Crake
  • White-browed Crake (Sander missed this)
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Common Moorhen
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Grey Plover
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Kentish Plover
  • Malaysian Plover
  • Lesser Sand Plover (assumming breeding plumage)
  • Greater Sand Plover (assumming breeding plumage)
  • Grey-tailed Tattler
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Terek Sandpper
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Temminck Stint
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Oriental Pranticole
  • Whiskered Tern
  • White-winged Tern
  • Little Tern
  • Pink-necked Green Pigeon
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove
  • Blue-naped Parrot
  • Lesser Coucal (immature)
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Barn Swallow
  • Pacific Swallow
  • Pied Triller
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Magpie Robin
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Straited Warbler
  • White-breasted Wood Swallow
  • Brown Shrike
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • Brown-throated Sunbird
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Dusky Munia
  • Black-headed Munia
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Mt. Kinabalu

Ready for next planting

Whiskered Tern

Ben Wisla and Sander Pietrese

Lok Kawi Beach

Collared Kingfisher

By the way, Sander Pieterse is the administrator for xeno-canto website specialized in Bird Songs throughout Asia and South America. Their website is a good reference for birders searching for specific bird songs for research purpose ec

Check the website at

They are currently at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre searching for montane species and if time permitted, I will be joining them on the 24th at Poring Hot Spring for the Hose's Broadbill.

Good birding !


Anonymous said...

Hi Jason!
Fun entry, heheh. We had a good day birding with you. We're at Mount Kinabalu now and have seen Everett's Thrush (watched foraging for 25 minutes!) and Whitehead's Trogon. No luck with the Broadbill or Fruithunter yet, but will try again tomorrow, after we give Friendy Bush Warbler a shot first. :)
If you find some time to join us in search for Hose's Broadbill, let us know.

Cheers from MK headquarters,

khairy said...

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