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12 Days Birding & Bird Photography Tours In Sabah, Borneo

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Birding with Fernando and the gang

 11-24th September 2022

The trip supposed to commenced in 2020 but due to the Covid19 stuff etc, the group arrived early September and birding started around Tempasuk Plain and Kuala Abai, Kota Belud and we got the Common and Black-naped Tern with Temminck's Stint, Oriental Pratincole. Then a must visit garden at Tg. Aru Beach for the Blue-naped Parrot and Long-tailed Parakeet, Collared Kingfisher, Dusky Munia (endemic) and Green Imperial Pigeon.

The next few days at Danum Valley Field Centre proved to be a bit tough for those Pittas but Striped and Black-throated Wren-Babbler gave some compensation for the group including Bornean Bristlehead, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Green Broadbill and Great Slaty Woodpecker.

They continued the trip at Kinabatangan River with Romzi and got the Large Frogmouth and along the access road to Gomantong Cave, we nailed the Bat Hawk in the open, Rufous-collared Kingfisher and their first Black-headed Pitta!

Hooded Pitta and Copper-throated Sunbird showed well at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok and Whitehead's Trogon, Everett's Thrush, Mountain Blackeye, Fruithunter and Crimson-headed with Red-breasted Partridge were the star birds at Mt. Kinabalu and Mt. Alab.

The trip ended with Nankeen's Night Heron at Sembulan Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu with a total of 200++ species were recorded.

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Sabah Chestnut-necklaced Partridge digiscoped with Swarovski Optik STX95 + smartphone

Thick-billed Green Pigeon taken with Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope + smartphone

Short stop at Zudir Platform, Taviu Hill, Telupid

At Mt. Kinabalu for the Whitehead's Broadbill :D

John and Ron admires the sunrise from Mt. Alab, Tambunan

 With Fernando and Jose

 Looking at the Malay Civet under the truck
 The common migrant; Asian Brown Flycatcher

Waiting for the Rufous-collared Kingfisher

Bat Hawk from the roadside at Kinabatangan River digiscoped with Swarovski Optik STX95 spotting scope + smartphone 

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 Watching the Black & Yellow Broadbill from the tower at Danum Valley

Fernando points at the Mountain Blackeye to the group

Short footage of the Sabah Chestnut-necklaced Partridge

Happy birding everyone!