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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Monday, June 25, 2012

Birding With Bobby & Tracey

11th - 23rd June 2012

Had a wonderful trip with Bobby and Tracey recently at the usual hot spots for birding plus wildlife despite the dry spell and only had rain on my final evening at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Some of the key species seen per Quentin Philipps's Bird of Borneo :
  • Red-breasted Partridge
  • Storm's Stork
  • Lesser Adjutant
  • Bornean Falconet
  • Jerdon's Baza
  • Thick-billed Green Pigeon
  • Dark Hawk Cuckoo
  • Short-toed Coucal
  • Barred Eagle Owl
  • Whitehead's Trogon
  • Helmeted Hornbill
  • White-bellied Woodpecker
  • Bornean Banded Pitta
  • Blue-headed Pitta
  • Bornean Ibon
  • Everett's Thrush 
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter

Mammals list as per Junaidi Payne's Mammals of Borneo :
  • Lesser Gymnure
  • Common Treeshrew
  • MountainTreeshrew
  • Maroon Langur
  • Silver Langur
  • Proboscis Monkey
  • Long-tailed Macaque
  • Pig-tailed Macaque
  • Bornean Gibbon
  • Orang Utan
  • Giant Squirrel
  • Prevost's Squirrel
  • Bornean Black-banded Squirrel
  • Plantain Squirrel
  • Ear-spot Squirrel
  • Jentink's Squirrel
  • Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel
  • Plain Pygmy Squirrel
  • Yellow-throated Marten
  • Oriental Small-clawed Otter
  • Masked Palm Civet
  • Common Palm Civet
  • Leopard Cat
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant
  • Bearded Pig
  • Lesser Mouse Deer
  • Greater Mouse Deer

Images taken with Nikon D300s + 80-400mm VR

Mt. Wren Babbler, one of the endemic found at Mt. Kinabalu

Little Pied Flycatcher

The elusive Whitehead's Trogon !

Elmer and Tracey at Mesilau Sub-station

Lesser Gymure, a rare species mainly at the mountain

The commonest Bornean Black-banded Squirrel mainly seen along the Summit Trail

My favorite Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel

The endemic Bornean Whistler

Prevost's Squirrel

Rufous Woodpecker, one of the commonest Woodpecker at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok

One of the diet for Little and Streaky-breasted Spiderhunter, the banana inflorescence

Grey-rumped Treeswift

Orang Utan


Black & Yellow Broadbill

Long-tailed Parakeet

The only resident Red-bearded Bee Eater at North Borneo

Juvenile White-bellied Fish Eagle

Near sunset at Kinabatangan River...

Lesser Fish Eagle

Wrinkled Hornbill

Oriental Darter in hunting mode

Lesser Adjutant

Crested Serpent Eagle

Bornean Pygmy Elephant, the smallest in the world

Brahminy Kite

Silver Langur

Wallace's Hawk Eagle

Scanning for Hornbill at the View Point, Tabin together with Ricky and Pailin, the resident naturalist

On my last visit to Tabin Wildlife Lodge in May 2010, it looked different now. More options of food for visitors plus the newly installed WiFi in the restaurant is a welcomed because everyone is using smartphone nowadays to communicate and it is useful for latest update of wildlife sighting in Tabin to the outside world.

Other features I like the new canopy walkway above the small river near the restaurant and also the bird feeder. But during my 4 days at Tabin, the feeder was empty. I will visit Tabin again next month and hope that time, food would be available at the feeder for photo opportunity !

Tracey and Bobby is currently at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley to get few more birds plus other mammals for their trip.

Happy birding !

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mt. Kinabalu at Its Best ...

31st May - 7th June

Spent few nights at the mountain with a good friend of mine, Iain from Singapore and for this trip, Iain managed to get 12 new lifer such as, Bornean Banded Pitta, Everett's Thrush, Mt. Wren Babbler, Bornean Barbet and Pygmy White Eye which he missed last time on his previous visits here.

Pictures taken with Nikon D300s + 80-400mm VR

 Indigo Flycatcher, common resident at the mountains

 Chestnut-crested Yuhina, quite lucky to an eye level shot of this fast moving endemic at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre !

Whitehead's Trogon, Jewel of the rainforest ...

 Bornean Banded Pitta, recent split from Banded Pitta

Mt. Kinabalu view from the hotel at Mt. Kinabalu Heritage & Spa

 Common type of vegetation at Mt. Kinabalu with growing ferns, orchids etc on the tree trunk

Butterfly sp. at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre

Heading back to Kota Kinabalu today and will continue for another trip from the 11th - 23rd June. By the way, testing the new 7.2 Mbps broadband from Maxis and the speed from my hotel room is awesome !

Happy birding !