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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

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 !


Wong Tsu Shi said...

Well done, Sifu, this is a good bird.

Jollence Lee said...

Wahaha! fantastic, I never seen this bird.


Lovely shot! I try my luck tommorrow.

Ben Duncan said...

superb! even with your 28-85mm!

Jordan Sitorus said...

I know where the last shot was taken hahaha

Great shots with the owl! jeles odi

Girllyen said...

The first photo.. the bird is looking at u! Yaii! I like~

digdeep said...

Great shots Jason - really like the crispness and also showing a bit of background.

All Wild said...

Jason, beautiful owl.

Madibirder said...

Great shots of the owl.

Stuart Price said...

I'd love to see one of those Owls........

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

Thanks a lot my friends hehehe