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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!