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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Friday, May 17, 2013

Long Distance Digiscoping

16th May 2013

I was looking for the rare Watercock yesterday after the rain. After waited for nearly an hour without any sign or sound from the bird, I decided to test the sharpness of the Swarovski STX 95 coupled with Nikon V1 on TLS APO adapter that has a 30mm built in lens for Digiscoping.

Scanning for useful object, shimmer heat was obvious while looking through the eyepiece. Then a single Spotted Dove perched about 80 metres++ from where I was standing against lovely background.

So I set the scope and camera without cable release in Continuous Shooting mode at 30x and also at 70x. The results below:

 ISO 800, 1/640s at 30x = 2430mm ~ No sharpening applied. Raw conversion to Jpeg


 ISO 800, 1/250s at 70x = 5670mm ~ No sharpening applied. Raw conversion to Jpeg

It is quite impressive considering the distance and other factors. These is my favorite combo now!

Happy birding.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013


14th May 2013

While waiting my brother for dinner, I went to the Waterfront with wife and babies to check the flying Terns and found out it was the Whiskered Tern and some of them were in breeding plumage too. Many visitors also were enjoying the near sunset view between Manukan (right) and Gaya Island (left)

Taken with Nikon V1 + 10-30mm VR

Happy birding!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mountain Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus trivirgatus kinabaluensis)

1st May 2013

There are 2 subspecies of Mountain Leaf Warbler found in Sabah and the photos below is the commonest one you will encountered at Mt. Kinabalu and around Crocker Range. The other P. trivirgatus trivirgatus (more yellow) apparently is rare but I have seen at both places for few times. It could be found in bird waves together with Black-capped White Eye, White-throated Fantail, Yellow-breasted Warbler and few more.

Taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x


Very fast moving bird!

Happy birding!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bornean Whistling Thrush

1st May 2013

The Nikon V1 really impressed me with its high ISO capability coupled with the Swarovski STX 95 scope. The shot below I took at ISO 1600 with shutter speed of 1/15s at 30x magnification = 2430mm in 35mm format. That's the advantage of Digiscoping in slow shutter speed!

Endemic to Borneo and was seen perched and calling under one of the tree at nearby stream yesterday after the rain.

Happy birding!

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