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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Penampang Paddy Field Part II ~ Black-tailed Godwit

22nd October 2012

I was planning to visit Tempasuk at Kota Belud last Saturday after Jonathan and CK saw the Black-tailed Godwit and Asiatic Dowitcher ! But it was raining the whole day and postponed to next week with the gang. But my instinct was telling me to check again the Penampang paddy field for the Northern Lapwing.

But I go this one upon scanning the field for interesting birds than the usual stuff !

Black-tailed Godwit !

I have only seen this once in Tuaran few years ago and considered scare visitor and passage migrant to North Borneo than the Black-tailed Godwit.

Below is the link for video recorded with Nikon Fieldscope EDG85 + FSA-L2 + Nikon D300s

By the way, Andrew saw again the Black Drongo on the same area with this Black-tailed Godwit this morning. Will try to see if I can get a pics of it tomorrow.

Happy birding !

Monday, October 22, 2012

Penampang Paddy Field Part I ~ Black-winged Stilt

21st October 2012

Spent 2 hours watching birds at one of the hot spot for migratory birds in Penampang paddy field yesterday hoping to see Northern Lapwing ! Despite the rain, from my car, birds were seen feeding as usual. Last year in October, there were Oriental Plover, Ruff and Little Curlew plus Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Tufted Duck and Northern Shoveler ...

The list of visitors seen :
  1. 2 Grey Heron among the flocks of Egrets
  2. Juvenile Rufous Night Heron
  3. Striated Heron
  4. Great Egret
  5. Intermediate Egret
  6. Little Egret
  7. Cattle Egret
  8. Wood Sandpiper
  9. Marsh Sandpiper
  10. Common Greenshank
  11. Long-toed Stint
  12. Black-winged Stilt ~ Mostly juvenile
  13. Whiskered Tern
  14. Common Kestrel ~ It was attacking the flocks of Black-headed Munia few times with Black-shouldered Kite

 Ready for the next planting

Recently harvested 

Good comparison between Marsh Sandpiper (top) and Common Greenshank (above)

Juvenile Black-winged Stilt, used to be rare in North Borneo according to my friend CK. Now you will see them every year from September - April during the migratory season.

As I mentioned on my last posting about the 4th Borneo Bird Festival, check this posting belong to Jessie

Happy birding !

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Birding With The Synders

28th September - 3rd October

Working in Asia provides opportunities for The Synders to visit some of the exotic birding places such as Taiwan and after spending a week in Thailand, Borneo was their next destination. During the trip, it produces some of the finest birds found in my place such as Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Brown-backed Needletail and Whitehead's Trogon.

The Synders both equipped with the latest gadget from Canon !

Weather was good except it was raining heavily on the way back to Sukau Greenview Bed & Breakfast Lodge, Kinabatangan River at one afternoon. All wet ! The trip ended at Mt. Kinabalu.

Images taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II

Black & Red Broadbill

Rufous-collared Kingfisher

Converted to Glow in the Dark with CS5 ~ Purple Heron in flight at the river

With the boat man Asi at the river

Sun rise at Kinabatangan River ...

Indigo Flycatcher, my favorite !

Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher, one of the endemic at Mt. Kinabalu

From left to right; John, myself, Hal and Kirsten at Kinabalu National Park

 My next posting would be the recent 4th Borneo Bird Festival held at Mt. Kinabalu.

Happy birding folks !