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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gunung Lumaku Forest Reserve

17th - 23rd March 201o

A week surveyed for birds and mammals at this lovely forest reserve produced unexpected species seldom seen during my birding trips with groups such Pygmy Ibon, Black-bellied Malkoha, Wreathed Hornbill, Green Broadbill and White-necked Babbler. Plus White-fronted Falconet seen daily on its hunting ground provides opportunity for good photos too !

The forest reserve is about 5180 hectares and lies between Tenom and Sipitang district. Few places was chosen at different altitudes and habitats to get wider perspective of species around the area. By the time when I left, birds recorded was 106 species and the mammals survey team managed to add another 11 species last Thursday on the 25th of March.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope ED82, Fsa-L1 adapter with Nikon D300s

Discussing plans for the next few days with Kenneth, Elmer, Ruddy and Cede

One of the transect site visited daily along Tenom - Sipitang Highway

Breakfast !

Tenom town from Perkasa Hotel

Perkasa Hotel with a backdrop of the forest reserve

Sub-montane forest up to 1200m asl the highest point of the reserve

Green Broadbill

Banded Woodpecker

Juvenile Blyth's Hawk-Eagle on the nest

Rufous-tailed Shama

Chestnut-breasted Malkoha

Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot

View of lowland forest from the train

Violet Cuckoo

Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker

Hazy Tenom town in the morning

Ticket from Tenom - Beaufort for a train ride

Padas River as the main source of electricity on the West Coast of Sabah

Dipterocarp forest along Padas River

Cede and Kenneth

Nice carrier replaced the old ones

Happy birding everyone :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nikon Photography / Birding Workshop With Sandakan Foto

Venue : Kinabalu National Park, Sabah

Date : 7th - 9th May 2010

Registration Fee : RM 200 and limited to 70 participants only (Open for Public with or without Camera)


Sandakan Foto is pleased to invite Sandakan Foto's loyal customers who purchased Nikon products to participate in this workshop.
  • Registration fee includes meals and workshop.
  • Accommodation is not included.

For registration, please contact Irene Chong at 0198137189 or email at

And download this form at

Workshop Speakers :

Mr. Cede Prudente - Wildlife Photographers (Sandakan)
Mr. Kelvin Chan - Studio Director / Photographer (Kuala Lumpur)
Mr. John Kong - Commercial Photographer (Kota Kinabalu)
Ms. CS Ling - Nature / Wildlife Photographer (Singapore)
Mr. Jason Bugay Reyes - Bird Guide / Digiscoper (Kota Kinabalu)
Mr. TS Wong - Bird Photographer (Tawau)

  • Purchase any Nikon binocular or cameras above RM 1000 and get RM 100 discount from the workshop.
  • Purchase Nikon Fieldscope and attend the workshop for FREE !
  • Offers valid from 1st March - 20th April 2010.
  • Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation and transportation to the venue.
  • You may contact Rowena (089-235525) or email at on your choice of the following recommended hotels / resorts:
  1. Fairy Garden
  2. Kinabalu Rose Cabin
  3. D'Villa Rina Ria Lodge

For more info on accommodation, kindly check this website at

Itinerary - Photography / Birding Workshop

Talks at Rafflesia Conference Room, Natural History Gallery on 1st floor.

Exhibition and booth by Sandakan Foto selling Nikon products is from Saturday and Sunday.


Come and join us !

See you there :)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kinabalu Friendly Warbler (Bradypterus accentor)

1st - 4th March 2010

Birding with Hans at Kinabalu National Park and Tambunan Rafflesia Centre for couple of days recently and despite the dry weather at this moment, managed to get over 15 endemics and 2 lifers for myself, Ferruginous Flycatcher and Inornate Warbler hehehe plus excellent view of the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler with decent shots !

Key species seen and heard at both places:
  • Crimson-headed Partridge
  • Red-breasted Partridge
  • Mountain Serpent Eagle
  • Besra
  • Grey Nightjar
  • Mt. Barbet
  • Bornean Barbet
  • Orange-backed Woodpecker
  • Long-tailed Broadbill
  • Bornean Leafbird
  • Scaly-breasted Bulbul
  • Kinabalu Friendly Warbler
  • Inornate Warbler
  • Bare-headed Laughingthrush
  • Mt. Blackeye
  • Fruithunter
  • Everett's Thrush
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter

Capture with Nikon D300s and 24-85mm lens.

Kinabalu Friendly Warbler, restricted to Mt. Kinabalu at the elevation of 200m and above. One of the rarest bird in Borneo.

Hans waiting for the Kinabalu Friendly Warbler

Grey Wagtail, common winter visitor

Together with Osman and Ck waiting for the Grey Nightjar

Happy birding !