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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, June 29, 2020

Frog's mouth galore at Sayap Substation

26-28th June 2020

My 2nd overnight visit to Sayap Substation, Sabah Parks with John, Adrian and Roger for the Bornean Frogmouth, Bonaparte's Nightjar and the elusive Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler. But luck was not on my side again this time. On the first evening, while looking for the Frogmouth and Nightjar, we saw at least five different species of nocturnal frogs in different sizes.

It was a good birding on Saturday morning with Mt Barbet, Whitehead's Broadbill and Hill Blue Flycatcher. Then rain came late in the afternoon continuously until we left on Sunday morning after breakfast that causes flash floods at few districts in Sabah including Kota Belud itself!

By the way, I got the Pin-tailed Parrotfinch as my lifer for Borneo number 514 :D

Birds list for Sayap Substation and Tempasuk Plains:
  1. Wandering Whistling Duck
  2. Black-crowned Night Heron
  3. Cinnamon Bittern
  4. Javan Pond Heron
  5. Purple Heron
  6. Great Egret
  7. Little Egret
  8. Brahminy Kite
  9. Black-shouldered Kite
  10. White-browed Crake
  11. Buff-banded Rail
  12. Watercock
  13. Common Moorhen
  14. Black-backed Swamphen
  15. Black-winged Stilt
  16. Common Sandpiper
  17. Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
  18. Whiskered Treeswift
  19. Glossy Swiftlet
  20. Edible Nest-Swiftlet
  21. Rufous-backed Kingfisher
  22. Mountain Barbet (E)
  23. Banded Woodpecker
  24. Whitehead's Broadbill (E)
  25. Bornean Leafbird (E)
  26. Scarlet Minivet
  27. Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike
  28. Sunda Cuckoo-Shrike
  29. Black & Crimson Oriole
  30. Ashy Drongo
  31. Bornean Treepie (E)
  32. Pacific Swallow
  33. Rufous-tailed Tailorbird
  34. Ochraceous Bulbul
  35. Cinereous Bulbul
  36. Bornean Bulbul (E)
  37. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  38. Yellow-bellied Warbler
  39. Grey-throated Babbler
  40. Erpornis
  41. Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush (E)
  42. Oriental Magpie-Robin
  43. Bornean Forktail (E)
  44. Hill Blue Flycatcher
  45. Verditer Flycatcher
  46. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
  47. Black-naped Monarch
  48. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
  49. Bornean Flowerpecker (E)
  50. Olive-backed Sunbird
  51. Temminck's Sunbird
  52. Bornean Spiderhunter (E)
  53. Little Spiderhunter
  54. Dusky Munia
  55. Pin-tailed Parrotfinch
  56. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Images taken with Swarovski Optik and Huawei Mate 10 Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Bailey's bridge is common throughout the state


Comfort is essential while camping!

My trusted gear for night birding; Swarovski Optik EL 10x32 Fieldpro and Nitecore P30 torch

Taking pictures of the unID frog

UnID frog

Juvenile Horned Frog

Horned Frog

Back view of the Horned Frog

UnID frog

Looking at the Western Plateau of Mt. Kinabalu with Swarovski Optik STX95

Adrian and Roger along the access road

Kg. Sayap is one of the producer for sweet Pineapple in Sabah!

John and Adrian on the ridge while looking for raptors


Crested Agamid, seen from the Nikon V1 screen through the Swarovski Optik STX95

Lunch time while waiting for the rain to stopped


Top, middle and bottom pictures view of the hill forest around the substation

It was still raining heavily on Sunday morning 

Spot where John spotted the Pin-tailed Parrotfinch on the right side of the road

Great Mormon

Crested Agamid Lizard

Bornean Bulbul seen daily 

 Female Bornean Flowerpecker on the Medinilla fruits 

On rescue mission with KB4WDC 


 Tempasuk Plain with Mt. Kinabalu at the background

Happy birding everyone!