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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Helmeted Hornbill

7th August 2012

The largest Hornbill in the world and rare by its status in Borneo itself besides White-crowned and Wreathed Hornbill. My first sighting at Kinabatangan River in 2003 near Pangi Hill then after many years, heard and it was responding the playback after few minutes. A pair flew near the boat at Oxbow Lake providing excellent pictures with blue sky !

Other notable species seen with Daniel and Arlief during their 6 days trip with me and John Bakar recently was :
  • Crimson-headed Partridge
  • Red-breasted Partridge
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Fruithunter
  • Bornean Pygmy Elephant

Taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II

Female with white throat

Record shot of this elusive Bornean Ground Cuckoo

A very healthy dominant male Orang Utan !

Happy birding !

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rhinoceros Hornbill

23rd July - 2nd August 2012


A pair or Rhinoceros Hornbill feeding at one of the Fig tree together with Green Imperial Pigeon, Pink-necked Green Pigeon and many more at Kinabatangan River recently on tour with John Bakar, Linda and John Mckean from US.

Managed to get over 150 birds with pictures for John started from Mt. Kinabalu and ended at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Dipped on the Bristlehead at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok but excellent view of the female Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Barred Eagle Owl, Whitehead's Spiderhunter and Helmeted Hornbill with Bornean Pygmy Elephant.

They are currently at Fraser's Hill with Durai for more birds until the 5th August.

Images taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II and TC1.4x for certain pictures

Juvenile Black-sided Flowerpecker enjoying the Medinilla fruits at Mt. Kinabalu

Black-crowned Night Heron

Bornean Pygmy Elephant with their jumbo in the middle

Endemic Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush, one of Babbler at the mountain

From left to right; John, John Bakar and Linda looking at the Plaintive Cuckoo, Sepilok

I will be away again from tomorrow until the 9th August. Happy birding !