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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wildlife Photography Workshop

Kinabatangan river is considered one of the best place in Asia for wildlife watching such as Orang Utan, Proboscis Monkey and Bornean Pygmy Elephant plus along the might river, it is also rich with important birds for Sabah, Borneo; the endangered Storm's Stork, the elusive Bornean Ground Cuckoo, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Lesser Fish Eagle, Oriental Darter, Asian Paradisce Flycatcher and Stork-billed Kingfisher.

We will concentrate in getting the best images during the morning and afternoon cruise. Night cruise for nocturnal creatures such as Leopard Cat and Buffy Fish Owl is optional.

I will showcase the usage of Swarovski Optik for wildlife photography and observation during the workshop.

Near sunset at Kinabatangan river...

 Wallace's Hawk Eagle, one of the common Raptor found along the river

The smallest Bornean Pygmy Elephant in the world

Malaysian Blue Flycatcher

Cruising along the river

Lesser Fish Eagle

Oriental Darter

The rare Helmeted Hornbill

Proboscis Monkey, endemic to Borneo Island

Pig-tailed Macaque

The magnificent Rhinoceros Hornbill 

Maroon Langur

Menanggul river in the morning

Lesser Adjutant

Blue-eared Kingfisher

Buffy Fish Owl

Crimson Sunbird

Black & Red Broadbill

Orang Utan

Things to bring for the workshop:
  • Bincocular for observing wildlife
  • Camera either DSLR, Mirroless or compact
  • Hat or cap with sun lotion
  • Poncho or raincoat in case if it is raining during the river cruise 

Based on twin sharing per room for 2 persons. Single supplement are subject to rooms availability and additional 50% of the price.

Food & Beverages:
During the workshop, we will have Dinner on Day 1, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Day 2 and Breakfast on Day 3. Coffee and Tea is free flow throughout. Alcohol and soft drinks is by own account. 
Full payment required at the time of booking. All payment made are not refundable. Replaces of other photographers are allowed by writing to the organizer. Payment can be made via direct transfer into our bank account. Details as follows:

Bank                       : MALAYAN BANKING BERHAD
Branch                    : KOTA KINABALU SSC
                                9th, Beach Street, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
Account Name        : JASON BUGAY REYES
Account number     : 1100 1408 6240
Swift Code             : MBBEMYKL

Ensure you take out comprehensive insurance cover when paying your deposit, to cover you for cancellation, curtailment, medical expenses, personal baggage, emergency evacuation back home and money.

Responsibility / Waiver:
Neither company nor any person acting for, through or on behalf of JASON BUGAY REYES shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the afore mentioned shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure web site or other literature, late or non-confirmation or acceptance of bookings, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, injury or death, whether occasioned by negligence or not. In addition, JASON BUGAY REYES shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any tour or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and in the event of the tour being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable due to weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be for the responsibility of the passenger.

JASON BUGAY REYES may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the passengers booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the afore-going it shall be entitled to do so in the event of illness or the illegal or incompatible behaviour of the passenger, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by making of such booking, warrant that he/she has the authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other persons included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other person(s) so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all the bookings made by him/her.

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See you all there!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pheasant-tailed Jacana!

10th December 2013

A vagrant with only few records found in Sabah and last seen by Wong in Tawau 2007 here Yesterday at Lok Batik Wetland, while scanning for Ducks, saw these one and instantly my instinct said it was a Jacana!

I took my Swarovski STX 65 and put it on maximum 60x, then I could see the main features for it to be identified as a non breeding Pheasant-tailed Jacana. The excitement were shared with CK Leong and Alven who drove all the way from Kota Kinabalu even though it was downpour that time hahaha!

Images below were taken with Swarovski STX 65 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 ~ 60x = 4860mm

My best lifer for these year!

It was still around 100m when the Jacana flew next to the 3 Ponies on the left side as seen on the picture.

At the time of writing, my other birding friends were enjoying the view etc :D

Happy birding!

For birdwatching/bird photography tours, please check my other blog

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Whitehead's Spiderhunter

7th December 2013

After many years looking at these beauty, at last this morning, I had a full frame shots of the above bird which is endemic to Borneo and a specialized feeder on tree tops at the mountain!

Digiscoped with Swarovski STX 65 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 ~ At 25x = 2025mm

A must see birds for birdwatchers visiting to Sabah that makes up the legendary Whitehead's Trio

Happy birding!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Agung's Cup Playoff

30th Novembr 2013

Sabah Rugby Union (Blue) proved to be powerful against the neighbor Sarawak Rugby Union (Red) with score of 45/19. More stories at

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x

The winning run!

I will be away for few days birding at Mt. Kinabalu and Sandakan this weekends. Happy birding!

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