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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Birding With Naturetrek Group

27th - 30th August 2009

Latest lifer from my recent trip with Naturetrek led by Hamit from Borneo Eco Tours at Tabin Wildlife Reserve was a Malaysian Honeyguide perched on a Menggaris (Koompassia excelsa) tree with full viewed from different scopes hahaha !

At the same time, the group managed to completes 8 species of Hornbills at the reserve with White-crowned and Helmeted Hornbill seen along the Tomanggong Road and Mud Volcano plus Large green and Thick-billed Green Pigeon as a bonus.

Heard Blue-headed and Banded Pitta but only Black and Crimson Pitta willing to showed itself for a while. On the way back from the Mud Volcano, Red-naped Trogon was seen and photographed.

Another star bird seen was a pair of Blue-banded Kingfisher hehehe. It was found hunting for food along the stream behind the river lodge. Last time when I saw it was in 2008 with Ck during my first trip to Tabin. So good to see it again :)

Some of the pictures during the trip;

Mt. Kinabalu from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Female Banded Kingfisher.

Enjoying the view a pair of Wreathed Hornbill.

Female Wreathed Hornbill.

Wreathed Hornbill.

A pair of Black Hornbill resting near the restaurant.

At Mud Volcano site.

Orang Utan with few months old baby.

Green Paddy Frog digiscoped from one of the pond.

Monitor Lizard.

White-fronted Falconet waiting for prey.

Old honeycomb.

White-crowned Shama seen daily around the lodge.

White-crowned Hornbill.

Waiting for Banded Pitta along Mud Volcano trail.

My favorite resident Malaysian Blue Flycatcher.

One of the uncommon bird in Borneo, Blue-banded Kingfisher.

Female Blue-banded Kingfisher.

The group continued with Osman at Kinabalu National Park for few nights. Wished them luck with the Whitehead's Trio :)

And Tabin Wildlife Reserve continue to impressed me with variety of birds and mammals seen from this trip. Next target bird for the reserve is Bornean Bristlehead. Is it possible ? Yes !

For more info, please visit Tabin Wildlife Reserve website at

Happy birding.


Aramaitii said...

just stumble upon your blog and skim through. I think its a nice hobby you guys are doing. I am doing fish-watching myself.

Jason Bugay Reyes a.k.a horukuru said...

Hehehe thanks buss :)

When I does fish watching on the sea, I always bring my bino and scope too hahaha

Rakib Rashid said...

nice blog... i have a suggestion... why don't you write the scientific name for the birds at least at genus level

Jordan Sitorus said...

wowww...I wan M'sian Blue Flycatcher & Blue Bandit KF...

Stuart Price said...

Love the frog shots!

Is it not hard work dragging scope/tripod through tropical jungle?!?

Jason Bugay Reyes a.k.a horukuru said...

Hehehe not really at Tabin coz of the flat terrain. Except at the mountain and Danum valley where I normally used my ED50 :)

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