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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bornean Bristlehead

One of the rarest endemic found only in Borneo. I have never missed these legendary bird with clients and on my recent tours with Paul at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley, saw few of them right on top on some of the tallest rainforest trees in the world.

When I pointed my Swarovski STX 95 scope, Paul said why not we take some videos these time? Considering the distance around 100m ++, I did not expect the result would be great etc because it was on maximum zoom at 70x! Then once I viewed through my Mac, quite nice!

Swarovski STX 95 + TLS APO + Nikon V1 at 70x = 5670mm ~ All Rights Reserved ©

Happy birding!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

12 Days Of Fun Birding

7th - 18th August 2014

Together with Tim, Ellen, Bert and Carl, the journey started at Mt Kinabalu with the Whitehead's trio completion. Moved to Sepilok for few days, no sign of the Bornean Bristlehead but great view of the Black-headed Pitta. At Kinabatangan, we got 6 species of Hornbill with White-fronted Falconet and energetic looking Ruddy Kingfisher. The last few days were spent at the famous Bornean Rainforest Lodge, Danum Valley and here, it never failed me to see the Bornean Bristlehead with Paul on the 1st day :D

I got my lifers, Pale Blue Flycatcher and Gould's Frogmouth making up my list to 478 in Borneo. 

Total species seen 220.

Images taken with Nikon D3s + 300mm 2.8 VR II + TC1.4x, Swarovski ATX/STX 95mm and 65mm + TLS APO + Nikon V1 and SJ4000 Action Camera on  Buffalo Monopod.

At Bukit Ular Trail waiting for the Everett's Thrush, Kinabalu Park

Kinabatangan River

In the morning for the Bornean Ground Cuckoo

On the way for the Blue-banded Pitta

Heading to the fruiting trees near the canopy walkway at Danum Valley

Got around 20 birds species on the fruiting tree.

Birding from the canopy walkway. Saw Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Wallace's Hawk Eagle, Greater Green Leafbird and Fiery Minivet etc

After the Blue-banded Pitta!

With Dean and Paul

Pale-faced Bulbul, one of the endemic found at Mt Kinabalu.

Scarlet-rumped Trogon with Praying Mantis at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok

Orang-backed Woodpecker

Rhinoceros Hornbill at Kinabatangan River

The rare Wreathed Hornbill!

What a moment upon seeing these female Orang Utan with its juvenile (not in the picture) at Menanggul tributary


Endemic Proboscis Monkey


Endangered Storm's Stork after the rain


Jewel of the rainforest, elusive Blue-banded Pitta...


Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler

From left to right; Paul, Tim, myself, Carl and Bert

Good birding.

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