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

Sunday, May 9, 2021

8th May 2021 Global Birding

 8th May 2021



Joined the #globalbirding yesterday and started from home around 6 AM and saw around 10 birds such as Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Iora, Black-headed Munia before moving to Tempasuk, Kota Belud. At Tempasuk, there were a few migrants left; Black-winged Stilt, Marsh Sandpiper and Oriental Pratincole (passage breeder). Next destination was at Kuala Abai and it didn't disappoint me with a group of Red-necked Stint, Kentish Plover, Greater and Lesser Sand Plover with a single Whiskered Tern.

When I get back home, Grey Heron and Striated Heron added the tally to 68 species in total. Waited for the Large-tailed Nightjar and Sunda Scops Owl, but luck was not on my side. So Submission was done through eBird and Malaysia ranked 2nd after India with 386 species. Sabah sits at 3rd with 135 species after Selangor with 136 and Penang with 325 species of birds within 24 hours!

Link for the counts at eBird under Sabah: https://ebird.org/region/MY-12?yr=BIGDAY_2021a&m=&rank=lrec

Images taken with Swarovski Optik STX95 + TLS APO 30 + Nikon V1. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Small reclaimed patch with Spotted Dove, White-breasted Waterhen and Plum-toed Swiftlet


My favourite section on the road at Kelawat Hill with mist in the morning en-route to Kota Belud


One of the famous Instagram spots in Kota Belud with Mt. Kinabalu at the background

 

My trusted Toyota Land Cruiser 80 and the Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope was pointing on a pair of White-breasted Woodswallow


Lesser Coucal, quite common on the paddy fields especially after the rain


Buff-banded Rail, the first record for Sabah was in 2016 at Tempasuk


Male Watercock, a shy creature but usually calls in the open!


Close up shot of this Scaly-breasted Munia


My digiscoping setup by Swarovski Optik


 Green paddyfields...


At Kuala Abai with the Swarovski Optik BTX95 looking at the group of waders on the small island right in the middle


My EL 10x32 Fieldpro binocular by Swarovski Optik



Happy birding and stay safe everyone!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Birding Around Kota Belud

 24th April 2021


April is the last month for the Northern migrants birds heading back up north for breeding, but some of the 1st year such as Common Sandpiper do extend their stays in Sabah and could be seen during the Southern migration season from May until September. 

 With the current Covid-19 cases rising up again in my place, I took the opportunity to visit my favourite birding spot at Tempasuk and surrounding areas of Kota Belud before the next MCO. Not much was seen because of the current dry spell with a few migrants left such as Grey Heron, Long-toed Stint and a lone Gull-billed Tern.

 Bird list:

  1. Oriental Darter
  2. Grey Heron
  3. Purple Heron
  4. Great Egret
  5. Intermediate Egret
  6. Little Egret
  7. Cattle Egret
  8. Pond Heron sp.
  9. Wandering Whistling Duck
  10. Brahminy Kite
  11. Peregrine Falcon
  12. Changeable Hawk-Eagle
  13. White-breasted Waterhen
  14. Watercock
  15. Black-backed Swamphen
  16. Common Moorhen
  17. Common Sandpiper
  18. Long-toed Stint
  19. Whiskered Tern
  20. Gull-billed Tern
  21. Spotted Dove
  22. Red-collared Dove
  23. Zebra Dove
  24. Greater Coucal
  25. Edible-Nest Swfitlet
  26. Red-throated Bee-Eater
  27. Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker (heard)
  28. Long-tailed Shrike
  29. White-breasted Woodswallow
  30. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  31. Striated Grassbird
  32. Yellow-bellied Prinia
  33. Asian Glossy Starling
  34. Olive-backed Sunbird
  35. Black-headed Munia
  36. Yellow-wagtail 
  37. Paddyfield Pipit
  38. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

 

Images taken with Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope via Variable Photo Adapter (VPA) on the Oppo Reno 4 smartphone. Due to the shimmering heat and distance, some of the images were not in good quality. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Part of the dry plot with Mt. Kinabalu on the background


Some of the plots just started to get irrigated 

 

Small patch of pond with ducks and rails


I like green paddyfields!


Red-collared Dove taken at 6.5x digital zoom. The quality still acceptable with good carbon fibre tripod.


Spotted Dove perched below the Red-collared Dove


Peregrine Falcon with lighter plumage (migrant)


Whiskered Tern


Lovely Yellow-bellied Prinia

 


 Asian Glossy Starling



Bua Beach, Pintasan where I saw the Long-tailed Shrike, Blue-throated Bee-Eater and Gull-billed Tern


 

Yours truly hahaha

 

Happy birding and stay safe everyone!