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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Birding In Labuan Island

27th - 30th October 2011

My last visit to this island was in 1999 with friend after high school and I remembered there were not many cars on the road than now. More shops lining up along the waterfront and the best thing is, the island still retain its cleanliness :)

The purpose of my visit was to check interesting migratory birds especially for vagrant species as found by Chris Kehoe recently at Pulau Tiga the Forest Wagtail. I was hoping to get lifers for this trip but unfortunately luck was not on my side, but I did enjoy the beauty of these Duty Free Island with cheap liquors and cigarettes plus mouth-watering chocolates !

Stayed at Global Hotel right in the middle of the town and from my room at 4th Floor, I could see small patch of mudflat from the Patau-Patau water village. Saw Chinese Egret and Greater Sand Plover together with Pacific Golden Plover and Whimbrel.

Then I move to one of the beach near University Malaysia Sabah and got a pair of Malaysian Sand Plover with few Kentish Plover and Common Sandpiper. The beach was nice though for swimming !

Tips from friend who used to work at the island mentioned about the resident Oriental Darter at the Botanical Garden which I saw and digiscoped but it was still far to get good shot across the river bank. Waited for the Stork-billed Kingfisher on its favorite perched, but no luck too.

List of birds seen and heard :
  • Rufous Night Heron
  • Little Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Great Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Chinese Egret
  • Pacific Reef Egret
  • Oriental Darter
  • White-bellied Fish Eagle
  • Brahminy Kite
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Kentish Plover
  • Lesser Sand Plover
  • Greater Sand Plover
  • Malaysian Plover
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Whimbrel
  • Grey-tailed Tattler
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Pink-necked Green Pigeon
  • Asian Palm Swift
  • House Swift
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Blue-eared Kingfisher (Heard)
  • Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (Heard)
  • Barn Swallow
  • Pacific Swallow
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Glossy Starling
  • Oriental Magpie Robin
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Black-headed Munia

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85, 30x eyepiece with Nikon P7000

Car Ferry at Menumbok Jetty about 2 hours drive south from Kota Kinabalu. Then another 1 hours 30 minutes on the ferry itself to Labuan Island. More info about Labuan Island

Rock Pigeon

Oriental Darter

Patau-Patau Water Village

Views from the hotel

I will be back in March next year for the Marine Park to check if seabirds and waders is around before the end of the migratory season in April.

Happy birding !


Anonymous said...

1st record of Wandering Tattler in south east asia?

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

Adui sorry bro my mistake. It was Grey-tailed Tattler and not Wandering heheheh

cepiau said...

Apa khabar dan Salam perkenalan, bro, Saya Noralip dari Labuan, kalau datang Labuan nanti call/sms saya (016-8315847) untuk 'birding' photography. Mana tau saya boleh tolong2 assist. (

Unknown said...

Hallooo...ging... when are dropping by to Labuan

Unknown said...

Hallooo...ging... when are dropping by to Labuan