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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Review of Swarovski Modular Spotting Scopes

94 species of birds in 1 day at Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bornean Bristlehead & Whitehead's Trio Mission

5th - 15th September 2013

These was a tough one!

Despite the unusual heat and humidity, the number of sighting at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok were excellent! Saw the Bornean Bristlehead on the 3rd day at its usual feeding route in the morning. Then Daan on his 2nd visit to Sabah decided to move to Mt. Kinabalu for the cool weather etc.

Bornean Bristlehead, specialized feeding on the canopy and found only in Borneo Island

The next 8 days were spent looking for montane endemic such as Bornean Whistler, Crimson-headed Partridge, Whitehead's trio namely the Trogon, Spiderhunter and Broadbill. But unexpectedly, the mountain was so quite and rain before lunch causing the bird activity drop early too! 4 birding groups were looking for the Whitehead's Trogon on different trails everyday and only saw the Trogon on the last morning together with a good friend of mine, Ron and his family!

Images taken with Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 and Nikon D300s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x


Another endemic of the Black & Crimson Pitta seen calling from the Sunbird Shelter



Rufous-collared Kingfisher

Mountain Imperial Pigeon

Endemic Eyebrowed Jungle Flycatcher

 Horsfield's Babbler at Poring Substation

 Dark Hawk-Cuckoo at Mt. Kinabalu

Juvenile Snowy-browed Flycatcher

And finally, Whitehead's Trogon!

My next tour would commence on the 6th Oct and looking forward to shoot the rugby game for Borneo Eagles vs Kowloon RFC this coming weekend!

Happy birding everyone

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