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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Gaya Island Trip

4th - 5th July 2013

Spent 2 days at Gaya Island together with participants for the Gaya Island Scientific Expedition organized by Sabah Park, I was assigned to covered from Padang Point to the Tower and Base Camp together with Dr. Maklarin in search for the uncommon Proboscis Monkey.

The walk was good but only very few birds were seen such as Black-naped Monarch, Olive-winged Bulbul with Oriental Pied Hornbill. Then rain started around 5 PM. Planned for Owl, Frogmouth and Nightjar was cancelled because of the rain, so the rest of the evening was filled with watching the Borneo Bird Race 2013 and Big Year videos at the restaurant.

Some of the images capture with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II and Nikon V1 + 18.5mm ~ All Rights Reserved ©

Passing through the mangrove

Dr. Maklarin, one of the expert in Mammals with Sabah Park

Checking the route with Win

My trusted Think Tank Speed Racer waist bag!

Fungus growing on the dead log

The highest point of the island around 400m asl. It took around 4 hours to reached here from Padang Point. Then another hour to get back to the Base Camp.

Watching the Borneo Bird Race with Lance, Eugene and Azami

Lance and Alim

Closing ceremony

Researchers with Sabah Park and other departments

Brown Boobook

White-chested Babbler

Olive-winged Bulbul, numerous at the island

A family of Mangrove Blue Flycatcher near the restaurant taken in the morning.

Other birds seen and heard:
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Edible Nest Swiftlet
  • Black Nest Swiftlet
  • Glossy Swiftlet
  • Pink-necked Green Pigeon
  • Common Iora
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • Mangrove Whistler
  • White-crowned Shama
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Ramadhan is around the corner and I will be concentrating more on nocturnal birds this year. My next trip would be to Tabin Wildlife Reserve with a good friend of mine from Adelaide.

Happy birding!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Birding With Y Bird Japan Group Part IV

27th June - 1st July 2013

Excellent trip with good weather quality of birds seen at Kinabalu National Park and Tambunan Rafflesia Centre during my trip with Y Bird recently led by Ken Tanaka, a member of Borneo 400 Club.

Key species seen:
  • Mountain Serpent Eagle
  • Malaysian Sand Plover 
  • Rufous Night Heron
  • Brush Cuckoo
  • Wreathed Hornbill
  • Fruithunter
  • Bare-headed Laughingthrush
  • White-crowned Forktail
  • Whitehead's Spiderhunter

Taken with Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x and Swarovski STX 95 + DCB II + Nikon V1 with 18.5mm lens.

 Green Imperial Pigeon feeding at one of the fruiting tree at Prince Philip Park, Tg. Aru Beach yesterday.

 My favorite Little Pied Flycatcher at Mt. Kinabalu.

 Pale-faced Bulbul, an endemic to Borneo found only around the mountains. A cousin to the commonest Yellow-vented Bulbul found on the garden etc.

 They were looking at the Grey-chinned Minivet, Chestnut-crested Yuhina and Black-capped White Eye along the Power Station Road.

A male Fruithunter, rare and endemic species seen yesterday at Tambunan Rafflesia Centre with the female. It provides enough time for good pictures too!

At Lok Kawi Beach, saw 6 Grey-tailed Tattler actively feeding on the crustacean and a bit far, Little Tern. The group saw few Rufous Night Heron at Sembulan area before off to Kg. Nelayan Seafood Restaurant for a sumptuous dinner.

I might be heading to Crocker Range with the gang for a try of the Bornean Frogmouth this weekends. 
Happy birding!

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