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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Sunda Scops Owl

23rd June 2013

My lack of Owls, Frogmouths and Nightjars in the list triggered myself to do more night birding with the gang. When I counted my current Bornean list, I need around 32++ birds to get to 500 species. At Kiansom Waterfall, only heard the Brown Boobok but saw one bird at Sugud Forest along the access road.

This Sunda Scops Owl was see on the road one evening with Eugene and the closest I got so far for pictures! First I thought there were some injury etc because it allowed me to get quite near for closer inspection. But after taking few frames, it flew off to the nearby tree and called few times.

Taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II and assisted light from Fenix TK 45 and TK 35 torches

 Mostly found on the forest edge and garden in Sabah but seldom seen...

I will be away with Y Bird to Kinabalu National Park. After that, probably to Sandakan for another round of night birds.

Happy birding!

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunda Frogmouth

May 2013

After many years searching for this particular family, at last I got my first Frogmouth! I hope to get the Blyth's Frogmouth at Tabin Wildlife Reserve and Gould's Frogmouth at Danum Valley by this year. The Large Frogmouth, was seen recently at Mulu National Park, Sarawak by CK and Roger. For Bornean, Alim Biun saw and heard recently at Mt. Kinabalu, and Dulit Frogmouth, I will try at Crocker Range in the south by end of this year with the gang...

Digiscoped with Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 assisted with Fenix TK-45 Torches.


Happy birding!

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

1st International Borneo Bird Race 2013

31st May - 6th June 2013

The 1st bird race held in Borneo Island with teams around Asia came for the prestigious Bornean Bristlehead Trophy. The race started in Brunei covering Tasek Merimbun and Ulu Temburong National Park. Then flew to Sabah with Mt. Kinabalu was the next destination and the race ended in Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok, just in time for the 5th Borneo Bird Festival.

The winner for Brunei Leg was the Bird Society Taiwan with 81 birds and for Sabah Leg, the hardworking team from the Wild Bird Club Of The Philippines grab the spot and eventually became the winner for the Bird Race with 148 species altogether.

I managed to get 2 lifers too; White-rumped Shama and Grey-breasted Spiderhunter seen feeding daily at Ulu-Ulu Temburong Resort together with the other Stewards.

Participating countries :

Details and pictures taken during the race is available at Borneo Bird Race official website at

Swarovski STX 95 + TSL APO + Nikon V1 and Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4IIx

White-fronted Falconet, the smallest Raptor found in North Borneo

Oriental Dwarft Kingfisher

Fiery Minivet

Thanks to the Borneo Bird Race committees in Brunei (Brunei Tourism) and Sabah (Sabah Tourism and Borneo Bird Club) for making these race possible. We'll see you next year!

Happy birding!

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