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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Birding With Geilvoet Family

12th - 21st June 2014

Last minute request, drove to Lahad Datu town with John on the 11th and stayed at a newer My Inn Hotel located at Bandar Prima. Met them the next day then started birding along the access road at Gomantong Cave. Saw 3 species of Echo-Location Swiftlet inside the cave plus an Orang Utan with a juvenile were seen feeding on the Jackfruit too!

Stayed at Kinabatangan Nature Lodge for 2 nights and tried for the Bornean Ground Cuckoo, but no response. Hornbills were many as usual and in flight shots of the rare White-crowned Hornbill was a treat during the morning cruise.

Then moved to Sepilok Forest Reserve and the main target was Rufous-collared Kingfisher which showed well but no sign at all of the elusive Bornean Bristlehead. Partly due to the dried weather and also post breeding season. Got a lifer, Large-billed Crow along the Sandakan-Telupid road :D

At Kinabalu National Park and Crocker Range,  we got the Whitehead's Trio and other endemics except Bare-headed Laughingthrush and Everett's Thrush. Short stopped at Mahua Waterfall, a pair of rare Orange-breasted Trogon was another surprised!

Total species seen: 191 and few heard such as Great Argus, White-browed Shortwing and also Sunda Cuckoo

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x, SJ4000 Action Camera and Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 ~ All Rights Reserved ©

Juvenile White-bellied Sea Eagle at Lahad Datu Fish Market

White-crowned Hornbill sending fruit to the nest

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Endangered Storm's Stork

One of the resident Rufous Woodpecker at the lodge with Grey-capped Woodpecker


Endemic Proboscis Monkey

At Rainforest Discovery Centre canopy walkway while waiting for the Bornean Bristlehead

Successful nesting of the Wallace's Hawk Eagle at Rainforest Discovery Centre

Female Verditer Flycatcher from the canopy walkway

Rufous-collared Kingfisher

Whitehead's Trogon

 Whitehead's Broadbill

White-browed Shrike Babbler

Golden-naped Barbet

My favorite Indigo Flycatcher

 Flying Lizard at Kipungit Waterfall

Orange-breasted Trogon

At Mahua Waterfall

Rajah Brooke Birdwing Butterfly

Whitehead's Pygmy Squirrel, endemic to the mountains in Borneo

On final morning at Mt. Kinabalu, saw a pair of Bornean Forktail including the Temminck's Babbler.

Great trip! Happy birding everyone.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sharks Kaamatan 10s

30th - 31st May 2014

Spent 2 days photographing awesome tournament with 16 rugby clubs in Sabah and Labuan in conjunction with the yearly Harvest Festival celebration. Kick off started with teams from Keningau Ladies and Angel Warriors.

Final was between KK Sharks against Eagles RC and won by the latter. Some of my images taken with Nikon D3s, D300s, 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x, 24-120mm VR and SJ4000 Action Camera ~ All Rights Reserved ©

Winner for Plate category from Labuan

Karamunsing Monster before their 2nd match

Lady Shark

RAMD vs Sabah Warriors

Sipitang Headhunters vs Beaufort

 The refs


KK Sharks vs Keningau Titanium

KK Sharks vs Kepayan Tigers

Tawau Panthers vs KK Poli

UMS Heron vs Tawau Panthers

Sabah Warriors vs SABORC

Lady Sharks vs Angel Warriors

Sipitang Headhunters vs Labuan

SABORC vs Eagles RC

Good rugby!

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