Thursday, September 10, 2009

Recents activity - Lok Kawi Wildlife Park Kota Kinabalu

Recently I went to Lok Kawi Wildlife park in Kota Kinabalu with Mr. Tee (Nikon Malaysia), Jason and Andrew (both are Bird expert of Borneo) to see Rufous Collared Kingfisher at the Botanical Garden.
We went there to test the new EDG Nikon Scope. It was superb and clarity is excellent. I went to shoot with my D300 80-200mm f 2.8 and it is not as good as with digi scoping with subject in a distance.

Rufous Collared Kingfisher - Uncommon Bird

Rufous Collared Kigfisher

Mr. Tee from Nikon Malaysia trying out The new EDG Scope. Very good result!

Andrew Sani is playing with his expensive toy Kowa 88 scope and Sony camera. Excellent too.

Mr. Tee and myself spotted this snake on the railings. Green Whip snake. Non venomous.

We are looking forward to go back there and explore for more wildlife and bird in this beautiful place.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Bird nesting outside my house window.

I was away for almost 2 months and didn't notice that a bird had made a nest just out side my house window. It is quite interesting as this type of bird (a Kind of Sunbird) normally would create their nest in the tress near parks or forest. I am still trying to figure out what sort of sunbird this is till I see rest rest of the body. In the mean time I will look out for this bird. If anyone knows this bird please feel free to give the name. Thanks.

Photo taken from my house room with D300 300mm.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ross Garden group Australia

The group with Basri our guide in Sandakan (far left) , Libby (centre) and me (most right)

I have just completed another special interest group that goes around Sabah for 12 days with 18 person.
Mt. Kinabalu from air over to Sandakan with my new D300 Nikon ISO 400 , 70-300mm VR

Kinabalu Park, Mesilau, Poring Hot Springs, Sandakan Sepilok, Sukau, Keningau, Tenom and of course Kota Kinabalu city. The group mostly comes from Australia and a few from UK.
I would say my trip with this group this time are very lucky. At Poring Hot Springs we saw 3 flowering Rafflesia Keithii at same spot,
Rafflesia Keithii at Poring Hot Springs

at Sukau we saw a group of Wild Borneo Elephants

and an Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Tony and Libby at Kipandi Butterfly Park n Orchid Garden Tambunan

and at Tambunan we met the man behind The Beautiful Tenom Agriculture Park-Mr. Anthony Lamb.

We had a wonderful time and infact we saw most of what we have expected to see in Beautiful Sabah.


Rajah Pitcher Plant

Extra Large Crocodile at Kinabatangan River

We also visited some of Sabah unique weekly market (Tamu) , which shows the real charater and colours of the people of Sabah.
Tamu Market Ranau

Tour Leader Ms. Libby Cameron had been taking yearly groups to Sabah 4 times in a row now and next one will be on march 09.
I thank you Exotic Borneo Holidays Sdn. Bhd. KK ground handler in Sabah for giving me a chance to lead this group throughout Sabah. Also thanking the crew Wendy (Organizer), Martin (Horticulturalist) , Jeffrey (Coach driver), Basri (Sandakan Wildlife guide) & Bonnie (Assistant guide KK)
Martin - Exotic Borneo Director cum Horticulalist, briefing the group on Sabah Agriculture on our trip to Tenom Agriculture Park.

Also a big thank you for Ms. Libby T/L (Australia) for leading and managing the group professionaly and with lots of Fun.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

WWF Donors Group roundtrip With Dato Dr.Mikail Kavanagh 8 days.

It has been quite some time that I have not been updating my blog as per my busy schedule and not so much interesting fotos taken the last few months. However this time with this WWF Donors Group roundtrip program for 8 days has been quite an interesting sightings especially today where we sighted the super rare ground cuckoo and plus others which some are rare and beautiful.

This group of interesting people whom I am taking are supporters and Donors to WWF UK which are going to support the fundings of Heart of Borneo program. This program will somehow help to protect the core of Borneo's remaining Forest to save the key species of animals of Borneo in particular Orangutan, Borneo Elephants and Sumatran Rhino. By protecting this key species it will then also protect the same habitat for other endangered animals of Borneo such as Clouded Leopard, Malayan Sun Bear rare Sunda Ground Cuckoo and many more o the list.Dato Dr. Mikail Kavanagh who is leading the group is the former CEO WWF Malaysia now retired and kind enough to spend his time to take us around to show areas of his work before. Organizer of this group to come here in Borneo is Ms. Anna Morling from WWF UK of whom was also here last year with a group of same itinerary. The Donors are Mr.David Smith (UK), Mr. & Mrs.Michael & Hermione Ruddell (UK), Mr. Jonathan Hancock & partner Ms. Stephanie Wong Hong Kong).On our 5th day in Sabah- at Menanggul River in Sukau Kinabatangan, on an early morning cruise I then spotted some big birds like wild fowls flying over the tree tops by the side of the river. At first I was not aware of what it is and thought it was some kind of hornbill. It then jumpoutof the trees to the side and it is the Sunda Ground Cuckoo. A pair of them playing around as it the male it trying to court the female by flapping the wings and tail. It was a shocking moment for me and for the rest of the group to find this rare and almost extinct bird. It was almost the same place where i saw the Cuckoo in septenbre 2007. However thistime I got a better picture of it. Please See the picture below.Please click to enlarge it.
Sunda(Borneo) Ground Cuckoo - A very rare sighting and almost extinct
Spotted by John Prudente at Menanggol River Sukau Kinabatangan with WWF Donors Group

WWF Donors Group April 2008 Planting forest trees (Durian Trees) at Kg. Bilit Kinabatangan

Mr. David Smith- UK

Mrs. Hermione Ruddell -UK

Mr. Michael Ruddell- UK

Ms. Stephanie Wong - Hong Kong

Mr. Jonathan Hancock - Hong Kong

Ms. Anna Morling -
Fund Raising officer WWF UK

aPurple Heron

Female Proboscis Monkey and child

A morning cruise at Menanggol River Sukau Kinabatangan River Sabah.

Also I would like to add my big Thank you to KK Tours and Travel S/B for Organizing this trip and not forgetting Audley Travel UK for putting up all WWF UK and Scotland groups to Sabah from March to May 2008. WWF Sabah had also put up a tremendous effort in Escorting the group and providing enough support both form the office Staff and also the field staff to make sure all guest are well taken care during their stay in Sabah. Everyone had played their role successfully and managed the group professionally to make WWF donors program a Success. This program had reach its purpose and everyone is Happy about it. Hoping there would be such a group again in near future.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Cuckoo - Juvinile Oriental Cuckoo

I captured this Cuckoo bird in Kinabalu Park Mt Garden on 5th September at 11am.

North Borneo - Sabah

North Borneo - Sabah
Photo Trips and Birding Trips