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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Rainbow Bee-Eater

1st August 2020

Brief stop at Tanjung Aru Beach 3 with the gang for the vagrant Rainbow Bee-Eater sighted by Hie and Bong a few days ago. Got it after scanning around 30 minutes and the cloudy weather didn't help much with the pics. It is considered the 1st record for West Coast after a group of this birds were seen at Silam Coast Conservation Area, Lahad Datu on the East Coast in 2017 during the same Austral migration period.

Bird list:
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • Little Tern
  • Germain's Swiftlet
  • Asian Palm Swift
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove 
  • Green Imperial Pigeon
  • Pink-necked Green Pigeon
  • Long-tailed Parakeet
  • Blue-rumped Parrot
  • Blue-naped Parrot
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Common Iora 
  • Dollarbird
  • Yellow-bellied Prinia
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • Dusky Munia
  • Black-headed Munia
  • Eurasin Tree Sparrow

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Rainbow Bee-Eater

Blue-rumped Parrot


Long-tailed Parakeet

The famous beach for sunset with Tunku Abdul Rahman Park at the background

With Ali etc

Road leading to the Rainbow Bee-Eater spot. You can get other species here too such as the Lesser Coucal and Olive-backed Sunbird

Recording a short video of the Blue-rumped Parrot while waiting for the Bee-Eater

 Blue-rumped Parrot

Happy birding!