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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Birding With Ron & Carol

17th - 23rd July 2011

Spent a week with Ron & Carol searching for the best birds and wildlife at Mt. Kinabalu, Kinabatangan River and Sepilok Forest Reserve before they continued birding at Singapore and Thailand. With total over 170 birds seen and some of them were captured with my scopes, a pair of Whitehead's Trogon was one of the main highlight seen on the final morning after searching for several days at the mountain !

At Kinabatangan River and Sepilok, few endangered Storm's Stork with Lesser Adjutant, few pairs of Wreathed Hornbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and only the sound of Bornean Ground Cuckoo and the fast moving Blue-headed Pitta at Gomantong Cave. Missed the White-crowned, Helmeted Hornbill and Bornean Bristlehead this time.

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

Cruising at Kinabatangan River

Good birding !

Friday, July 15, 2011

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)

13th July 2011

The only place left in the city to see this beauty together with Great, Little and Intermediate Egret, White-browed Crake and few winter visitors such as Temminck's Stint, Black-winged Stilt, Common Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover at Likas Lagoon

Estimated around 8 Oriental Darter at the Lagoon and other places to see them is along the Kinabatangan River on the East Coast.

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

Happy birding

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fraser's Hill International Bird Race

24th - 29th June 2011

Joined the 24th Fraser's Hill International Bird Race held together with Ron and Alven at the same time meeting up with Tee from Nikon Malaysia and Andrew who has been there since the 20th with his Japanese group. The main target for this trip was the Silver-breasted Broadbill and shown by Andrew on the day of arrival !

Then a bonus while driving back along the Jeriau Waterfall, saw a pair of Red-headed Trogon. It reminds the gang of the elusive Whitehead's Trogon found at Mt. Kinabalu hehehe and we got the Orange-breasted Trogon at Bukit Tinggi after failed to see it at Fraser's Hill despite trying twice along The Gap road.

On our final day, visited the Putrajaya Wetland for the Painted Stork with other waterbirds that inhabitant the small islands. Saw a pair of White-headed Munia too.

Thanks to Tee from Nikon Malaysia and Mr. Durai for their hospitality at Fraser's Hill. Definitely will come back next year with more teams from Land Below The Wind :)

Digiscoped with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 via Nikon FSA-L2 DSLR Photo Adapter on Nikon D300s and Nikon Coolpix P7000

Driving from Kuala Lumpur to Fraser's Hill with rented car from Hertz

Lunch at small town of Kuala Kubu before driving up for another 1 hour to Fraser's Hill

Ron testing his Olympus E-P1 on my Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 hehehe with Andrew at Silverpark Apartment

Catch of the day, Malaysian Laughingthrush !

Waiting for the Orange-breasted Trogon with Tee at Bukit Tinggi

Happy birding !