My Binoculars and Spotting Scopes Supported by Swarovski Optik

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Tempasuk Paddy Fields and Kuala Abai Mudflats, Kota Belud

16th September


A few hours at Kota Belud in hoping for some rarities during the Malaysia Day celebration, 4 suspected Little Stint with one among the Red-necked Stint and the other three flew nearby but didn't allow for prolonged view to get the right ID by Oliver. But the crown and overall plumage colour suggested it was the bird that I have been looking for years. But I need to see it longer before deciding for another lifer this year.

Other waterbirds seen:

  • Oriental Darter
  • Purple Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Chinese Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Pond Heron sp
  • Wandering Whistling-Duck
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Common Moorhen
  • Black-backed Swamphen
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Oriental Pratincole
  •  Pacific Golden Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Greater Sand Plover
  • Whimbrel
  • Common Redshank
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Grey-tailed Tattler
  • Terek Sandpiper
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Long-toed Stint
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Gull-billed Tern (24 birds)

 

Images taken with Huawei Mate 10 Pro. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 
 
The famous Kota Belud Mee Soup, next to the multipurpose hall in town with chicken feet in black soy sauce!


Besides binoculars, spotting scopes is a must have tools for waders watching on the coast




 

My favourite combo, the Swarovski BTX95 spotting scope. My eyes never felt tired scanning those waterbirds for hours! 




Happy birding everyone and stay safe!


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Live Birding on Location: Asia

 1st September 2020


As the world still in the dark in regards of the pandemic Covid-19, Swarovski Optik, Austria came up with ideas of gathering a well known birders in different continents, by showcasing the local birds at places of interest via social media (Facebook and Youtube).

For Asia region, 16 birders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Borneo (myself and Andrew), Sri Langka and India were selected for the live stream. It was fun and great experience for the team despite experiencing minor glitches during the show.

Luckily, it only rained at Tanjung Aru Beach after the live ended. We managed to get the Long-tailed Parakeet, Blue-rumped and Blue-naped Parrot with other birds for the viewers.

Below are the links for the live birding:

 

Images taken with Swarovski Optik and Huawei. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Blue-naped Parrot feeding on the ornamental palm oil fruits



The level of vignetting at 30x with Swarovski Optik STX95 scope through the Variable Photo Adapter VPA. It is easy to use as well removing the black circle with photo editor




With Andrew at Prince Philip Park, Tanjung Aru Beach. It is about 15 minutes away from downtown Kota Kinabalu. Famous for the sunset, it is also considered one of the best place for garden birding in Sabah with more than 80 species of birds has been recorded such as Collared Kingfisher, Java Sparrow, Rosy Starling, Gull-billed Tern, Chinese Egret and Oriental Pied Hornbill




Happy birding and stay safe everyone!