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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Long-tailed Broadbill (Psarisomus dalhousiae)

26th January 2010

One of the attractive Broadbill species found in Borneo mostly above 1500m from the sea level. Best place to see this bird is along Crocker Range especially at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre about 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Kota Kinabalu to the South.

Found few pairs in the process of building its nest along the busy road together with Andrew and Neil recently. Other key species seen and heard :
  • Mountain Serpent Eagle
  • Crimson-headed Partridge
  • Red-breasted Partridge
  • Kinabalu Leafbird
  • Bornean Bulbul
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter

Capture with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Griturn adapter and Fujifilm F31D

Hanging cup type-nest


Bornean Bulbul


Ashy Drongo

Happy birding !

Sunday, January 24, 2010

My Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto capensis)

24th January 2010

After failed in search of this species last year with the gang, what a luck today at Tuaran paddy field seeing this magnificent beauty hunting low for the first time hahaha together with Andrew and Neil from England :)

First recorded in Sabah in 1999 at Ranau town and in 2003, nesting with two chicks was found at oil palm plantation at Lahad Datu town. Uncommon species for Borneo and started to expand it range from the Philippines.

Other key species seen and heard today :
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Rufous-collared Kingfisher
  • Red-naped Trogon
  • Red-crowned Barbet
  • Malaysian Sand Plover

Some of the shot taken with Nikon D300s and 24-85mm lens, cropped 66.5% with Capture NX2

A bit darker overall than the Barn Owl

Mt. Kinabalu from Tempasuk Plain

Perfect habitat for the Eastern Grass Owl

Shooting at the Rufous Night Heron

Happy birding !

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Floods at Kinabatangan River

16th - 19th January 2010

Familiarization trip with Sabah Tourism staffs organized by award-winning company, North Borneo Safari S/B recently but greeted with rain and floods at Kinabatangan River. Managed to inspect 11 lodges and homestays despite the rain but had a wonderful morning on the last day at the river.

Key species seen and heard during the cruise :

  • Storm's Stork
  • Bornean Ground Cuckoo
  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  • Lesser Fish Eagle
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant

Some of the pictures during the trip taken with Nikon D300s and 24-85mm f4 lens

Breakfast at Ajmeer restaurant with nice curry lamb !

River mouth of Kinabatangan River.


Brahminy Kite in flight

From left to right; Kevin, Noredah, Megawati and Arleen.

What a luck seeing this endangered Bornean Pygmy Elephant between Abai and Sukau village. Thanks to Megawati hahaha !

Debris washed away by the strong current during the rain.

Half submerged jetty at Bilit Adventure Lodge.

Morning cruise with award-winning widlife photographer, Cede Prudente.

Irene from Sandakan Foto kindly lend the group few Nikon binoculars and scopes for the cruise :)

Photo credit by North Borneo Safari

Yes we got the Asian Paradise Flycatcher !!!!

Proboscis Monkey on the other river bank. Thanks to the Nikon Fieldscope and binoculars which made the observation possible in the rain !

Me and the gang on the other boat. Credit : Megawati


Black & Red Broadbill


Lesser Fish Eagle

Great trip full of laughter and fun. Probably another trip with them in April at Imbak Canyon.

Happy birding folks !

Friday, January 8, 2010

26th Dec 2009 - 1st January 2010

Some of the pictures taken during my trip to Kinabatangan River and Tabin Wildlife Reserve recently with friend from HK searching for the Bornean Clouded Leopard.

Taken with Nikon D300s with 24-85mm and 70-300mm lens and Nikon Fieldscope ED82, SRB-Griturn adapter and Fujifilm F31D.


Pacific Swallow


Lesser Bronze-Back

View of Tomanggong Hill from the restaurant at Barefoot Lodge, Kinabatangan River while waiting for the White-crowned Hornbill

Morning mist at the river

Cruising along Menanggul River for wildlife


Slender-billed Crow


Black & Red Broadbill

The endangered Proboscis Monkey which is only found in Borneo

A flock of Bushy-crested Hornbill

Unidentified butterfly ? Anyone

Maldin fixing the sport light at Mud Volcano Tower, Tabin while staying for a night waiting for the Bornean Clouded Leopard


Caterpillar from the restaurant

Happy birding folks :)