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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Best Birds and Wildlife Images In 2012

29th December 2012

As we are approaching the end of year 2012, below is some of my best images taken during my tours with clients all over the world. Thanks a lot for choosing Sabah as your birdwatching destination and spending your time here with me and hope to see you all again in the future. Looking forward for year 2013 !

Total birds seen for year 2012 was 377 species and areas of visit were at :
  • Mt. Kinabalu
  • Crocker Range
  • Sepilok Forest Reserve
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve
  • Tawau Hills Park
  • Tempasuk, Tuaran and Penampang paddy field
  • Lok Kawi and Tg. Aru Beach

Images taken with Nikon D300s, D700, 300mm 2.8 VR II, 80-400mm VR and Digiscoping Nikon Fieldscope EDG85

Chestnut-crested Yuhina, the commonest endemic found at the mountains in Sabah.

Copper-throated Sunbird photographed at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok with John and Linda Mckean. It was tiring and fun at the same time tying to get a decent image of this fast moving bird !

Rufous-collared Kingfisher, a must see forest Kingfisher at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok. A pair was seen quite close on the trail with The Synders early October

Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel, one of the smallest Squirrel in the world and only found in Borneo

I have been dying to get a flight shot of this Lesser Fish Eagle and opportunity arise while cruising at Tenegang tributary with Bobby and Tracey last June. 

White-browed Crake, a shy creature but posed for me during one of my bird survey in Tuaran district with its immature. 

 Oriental Darter at Kinabatangan River

Small number of Chinese Egret arrived in Sabah during the winter migration from September - April. This one taken at Lok Kawi Beach

 My Japanese birdwatchers Y Bird group loved this Banded Broadbill so much !

Only found at Greater Sunda Islands and luck was on my side with Bjorn when this Black-capped White Eye perched lower than usual at Mesilau Substation


Wandering Whistling Duck ~ The only resident Duck in Sabah taken at Tempasuk paddy field, Kota Belud, the best place for migratory birds

Together with Ian Ewing, while waiting the Bornean Banded Pitta at Crocker Range, a group of Pygmy White Eye came and go at one of the fruiting tree.

Osprey scanning for preys at Tempasuk paddy field

Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush another common endemic found at Mt. Kinabalu. My favorite picture and capture with John Lobel in July

 Another surprise at Tawau Hills Park during the Sabah Park Biodiversity Expo last December, this Mangrove Blue Flycatcher was seen hunting close to the ground and very tame !

You don't see this Crimson-headed Partridge in the open very often !

And this Red-breasted Partridge ! Siew Lin even managed to get a video ..

 Purple-naped Sunbird on top of Ginger flower

Playing hide and seek at Menanggul tributary, Kinabatangan River with John Seymour. Bird of the trip ! ~ Buffy Fish Owl

 Whitehead's Trogon in panoramic mode

My best image of Whitehead's Broadbill with Tim recently ! It stayed in the open and managed to get some video recording through my lens for few minutes

Perfect blue sky on the way to Oxbow Lake at Kinabatangan River, there were at least 8 endangered Storm's Stork flying low that day with Dave Irving

Bornean Pygmy Elephant at Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Capture from the truck along Tomanggong Road with John and Linda Mckean. This is my favorite shot for 2012 ...

Proboscis Monkey, one of Sabah's specialty. You can see them at Klias - Garama and Kinabatangan River

Waited for 10 minutes before this magnificent Helmeted Hornbill flew above us at Oxbow Lake with Daniel and Arlief. What a view !

Happy birding everyone.


Wong Tsu Shi said...

Excellent collection, sifu.

Folkert said...

Couldn't agree more. Great set!

Preethi said...

Awesome collection - Brilliant piece of work actually! The Buffy fish owl and Oriental darter are my personal favorites. Loved the composition of the Rufous collared kingfisher pic - looks like a painting... :)

Philip Griffin said...

Nice work, and great to be reminded of terrific days birding with you... Happy new year, Philip

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para admirar suas fotografias.
São fantásticas!

BOM░░░º°✿░░░FIM DE✿º°░░░SEMANA!░░░

Beijinhos do Brasil.

John Holmes said...

Many brilliant birds, well captured here... the partridge, broadbill and trogon are my favourites...

Happy "Year of the Serpent" to you !