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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Monday, November 26, 2018

Tempasuk Plains, Kota Belud

25th November 2018

I was hoping for the vagrant Spot-billed Duck and rare Green Sandpiper which were spotted a few weeks ago, but after several hours scanning the area, luck was not on my side. The best thing is, I have found the strength of the BTX module by Swarovski Optik, which allows for comfortable long usage scanning with two eyes without causing any strains which I do encountered sometimes on the spotting scope.

Default power with the 95mm objective module is at 30x. But if I need more power, the ME 1.7x magnification extender, can gets me to 60x without sacrificing a lot on the sharpness and contrast from the glass itself. The module also comes with adjustable forehead rest too.

 List of birds seen:
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove
  • Watercock
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Black-bcked Swamphen
  • Common Moorhen
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Kentish Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Temminck's Stint
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Common Snipe
  • Oriental Pranticole
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Yellow Bittern
  • Cattle Egret
  • Eastern Great Egret
  • Purple Heron
  • Little Egret
  • Chinese Pond Heron
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Eastern Marsh Harrier
  • Eurasian Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Striated Grassbird
  • Oriental Reed Warbler
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Pacific Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow

The spot for the Spot-billed Duck, Garganey with Cotton Pygmy-Goose

Elephant's Grass is taller than my Toyota Land Cruiser!

Mt. Kinabalu at the background



Tempasuk, one of the important wintering ground for bird from North Asia from September-April

Happy birding everyone!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

My Sound Recordings at Xeno-Canto

20th November 2018

I have uploaded a few bird calls recorded in Sabah during my birding trips with Sennheiser ME66/K6 mic with Tascam DR-44WL. This is the link If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Some of the birds with the call below. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED (C)

Mountain Serpent Eagle (endemic)


Rufous-collared Kingfisher

Red-bearded Bee-Eater

White-crowned Hornbill

Bornean Bristlehead (endemic)

Hook-billed Bulbul

Mountain Wren-Babbler (endemic)

Striped Wren-Babbler

Happy birding!

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