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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Birding With Naturetrek Part 2

26th - 29th August 2010

Little Spiderhunter

One of the bird seen daily visiting the red flower that grow near the restaurant at Tabin Wildlife Reserve recently with Naturetrek group from UK led by a good friend of mine, Chris Kehoe. Had a great time birding with them especially along the mud volcano trail with key species such as Large Green Pigeon, Thick-billed Green Pigeon (my 2nd sighting), heard both Banded and Giant Pitta too !

They are currently at Mt. Kinabalu for their extension tour until this Saturday. I will be staying for few nights at the mountain from the 1st - 3rd September with Ck and a birder from England :)

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s

Doing listing at lunchtime -Courtesy of Hamit Suban

Bornean endemic of Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker

White-crowned Shama, one of the commonest endemic found around the lodge area

Uncommon resident in Borneo, the Grey-cheeked Bulbul

Juvenile Bushy-crested Hornbill

My favorite Blue-throated Bee-Eater

Tabin is one of the best place in Borneo to see flocks of Large Green Pigeon !

Green Imperial Pigeon is plenty at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Yellow-bellied Bulbul

Crimson Sunbird seen at Malaysia's national flower, the Hibiscus

Pig-tailed Macaque

Flying Gecko

More info about Tabin Wildlife Reserve, check their website at

Happy birding !

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

British Bird Fair 2010

18th - 22th August 2010

Spent nearly a week at Rutland Water for the annual British Bird Festival which attracted around 20 thousands visitors during the 3 days events. Met with few Birdforum and Oriental Bird Club members plus got few new birds for my world list too :)

I'm grateful to Noredah from Sabah Tourism Board for the trip. Hope to work with Sabah Tourism again in the future promoting birdwatching activities in Sabah, Borneo.

  • Cormorant
  • Little Egret
  • Grey Heron
  • Greylag Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Mallard
  • Shoveler
  • Tufted Duck
  • Red Kite
  • Moorhen
  • Coot
  • Lapwing
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Rock Dove
  • Stock Dove
  • Collared Dove
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Barn Swallow
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Robin
  • Blackbird
  • Great Tit
  • Blue Tit
  • Magpie
  • Crow
  • Starling
  • House Sparrow
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Goldfinch
  • Greenfinch
  • Chaffinch
Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s

Stayed at Hampton By Hilton hotel, Corby about 20 minutes drive to the fair

Hay field

One of the nice scenery at Rutland

The booth won as the Best Stand Awards 2010 under Tourism category !

The winning booth at Marquee 5, Stand No. 26 :)

Visitors waiting at the entrance at Day 1

Together with Oriental Bird Club committee

Busy day throughout the fair

Terry from SRB-Griturn company specialized in camera accessories and digiscoping adapters

From left to right, Yohei Ohishi (Assistant Manager for International Sales & Marketing Department), Masaaki Ojima (President of Nikon Vision Co. Japan), Naoto Yoshida (Manager Nikon Sport Optics Europe) & Oshamu Ishizuka (K&L Advertising, The Netherland)

Nikon UK showcasing the latest equipments for birding and bird photography

Marquee selling books and bird feeders

Catering area

House Sparrow

Blue Tit


Wood Pigeon


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher (Rhinomyias gularis)

14th August 2010

One of the resident endemic species in Borneo and usually solitary along the rivers found at Kinabalu National Park. Got this juvenile feeding at the Liwagu Restaurant while birding with Davin Gibbons at the mountain yesterday.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s

Choose 720 HD for better view

Happy birding !

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Birding With Y Bird Japan Group Part I

5th - 9th August 2010

Below is some of the birds were seen during my recent trip with these group led by Ken Tanaka who acted as a translator, started at Kinabalu National Park and ended at Tg. Aru Beach.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s

At Tuaran paddy field

After the walked at Silau-silau Trail searching for the Whitehead's Trogon & Broadbill

Endemic Mt. Blackeye only found above 1800m asl but occasionally found around 1500mm asl at the Liwagu Restaurant

One of the skulker found at Kinabalu National Park, the Sunda Bush Warbler

Bornean subspecies, Ashy Drongo

Common endemic which favored Medinilla fruits that grow wild at the mountain, Black-sided Flowerpecker

Happy birding everyone.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Great Frigatebird (Fregeta Minor)

28th July 2010

I have seen 3 species of Frigatebird at Mantanani Island last April 2010 but only managed to digiscoped the Lesser Frigatebird. On my recent visit to Semporna town about 537 km from Kota Kinabalu, did not expect to see these rare bird circling above the Dragon Inn Floating Hotel where I was staying for few days.

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via FSA-L2 adapter on Nikon D300s.

Thanks to my best friend TS Wong for pointing out the identification of this bird via Facebook yesterday :)

Happy birding !