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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Friday, November 19, 2021

Long-biled Dowitcher

 18th November 2021

Single bird feeding among the many Black-winged Stilt and also Black-tailed Godwit. The excitement while watching this vagrant through the excellent Swarovski Optik BTX95 spotting scope was hard to described, and it was my no 516 Borneo birds lifer for 2021 hahaha :D

As per eBird, it was the 2nd record for Sabah on the same area of Tempasuk Plain sighted in 1996 by Craig Robson Thanks to Oliver for the great finding!

Video at my Youtube

Recorded sounds of feeding frenzy of Pink-necked Green Pigeon

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A group of Black-tailed Godwit with Common Greenshank and Marsh Sandpiper

Oliver scanning with the Swarovski Optik BTX95 spotting scope

Shooting some images and videos with the Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope

Yours truly

Tempasuk plains, one of my favourite birding spots throughout the year

Happy birding!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Wader Conservation World Watch 2021 + Sayap Substation

 6-7th November 2021

It was a good trip with the gang at Tempasuk Plain for the WCWW event then spent for a nite at one of my favourite camping spots, Sayap Substation for the Bornean Frogmouth and also Bonaparte Nightjar (dipped again). 14 species of waders were recorded at the plains with a single Asian Dowitcher as the highlight. For the substation, it was raining continuously on the Saturday night and got around 2 hours birding in the morning before it rained again. 

 Bird list:

  • Wandering Whistling Duck
  • Spotted Dove
  • Zebra Dove
  • Eurasian Moorhen
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Kentish Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Ruff
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Common Greenshank
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • White-winged Tern
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Oriental Darter
  • Cinnamon Bittern
  • Grey Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Intermediate Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Crested Serpent Eagle
  • Black-winged Kite
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Eastern Marsh Harrier 
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Little Cuckoo-Dove 
  • Gold-whiskered Barbet
  • Rufous-piculet
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Plum-toed Swiftlet
  • Malaysian Pied Fantail
  • Barn Swallow
  • Sunda CuckooShrike
  • Bornean Whistler
  • Black & Crimson Oriole
  • Ashy Drongo
  • Hair-crested Drongo
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Black-headed Bulbul
  • Cinereous Bulbul
  • Penan Bulbul
  • Chestnut-crested Yuhina
  • Temminck's Babbler
  • Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher 
  • Grey-streaked Flycatcher
  • Dark-sided Flycatcher
  • Oriental Magpie Robin
  • Bornean Forktail
  • Asian Glossy Starling
  • Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker
  • Black-sided Flowerpecker
  • Brown-throated Sunbird
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Chestnut Munia
  • Dusky Munia
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Grey Wagtail


Recorded sounds of:


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With John at Tempasuk Plains, Kota Belud


The rain from the mountain...

Both side view of the paddy fields

Got the Curlew Sandpiper here and for longer observation, plus comfy using 2 eyes and wide field of view of the Swarovski Optik BTX 95 spotting scope, nothing beats this setup!

Dark-sided Flycatcher, one of the common winter visitor from North Asia

Ashy Drongo

Access trail leading up to Mt.Minodtuhan

Camping is best done under the shelter because of the constant rain in the evening

John and Adrian, both works as a bird cum tour guides with western plateau of Mt. Kinabalu at the background

So refreshing

Your truly :D


The Pale Hedge Blue (thanks to Jamiun for the ID)


Wariu River, main source of water for the surrounding villages at Sayap 

Happy birding!