10 April 2011

Rafflesia Centre birds - Crocker Range

Juvenile Blyth's Hawk Eagle

To bird for mountain birds in Borneo, you have two choices of area. The first is Mt Kinabalu where it's a must for all birders and second is the Rafflesia Centre at Gunung Emas or Alap. If you do not have enough time to spare then the choice to choose is Rafflesia Center because its only 1 hour drive from the city.
However there is no trail to take when birding around the Rafflesia Centre, most of the birding is done around the road side and be advise of the in-coming traffic. Weather is also a factor and most of the mountains in Borneo will received rains most of the times especially in the afternoon.
It rain and rain and when it finally stop, it was only 2 hours window and got only this beauties.







Cinereous bulbul




Ochraceous Bulbul

Cinereous bulbul

Happy Birding

4 comments:

Wong Tsu Shi said...

Denis sifu, nice collection there. Especially the juvenile Blyth's Hawkeagle, as you are aware it is identical to juvenile of Wallace's Hwakeagle. I presume this bird is ID based on its habitat, i.e. at altitude above what normally is recorded for Wallace's.

BTW one of the bulbul is Ashy/Cinereous, depends on whose book you refer to.

Happy birding, and will be in KK this Sunday to try my luck on some of these beauties at Penampang and Sugud.

Denis Degullacion said...

Wong Sifu, thanks for the bulbul update.

sandakan birdwatcher said...

bro... bawa ba aku lain kali k hehehehe

digdeep said...

Hi Denis

Surely more than two choices for montane birding in Borneo?!! I think you may mean Sabah!

Nice pics!

Temminks Sunbird female

Temminks Sunbird female

Temminks Sunbird

Temminks Sunbird

Indigo flycatcher

Indigo flycatcher

Yellow Breasted Warbler

Yellow Breasted Warbler

Black Collared Starlings

Black Collared Starlings
2 birds , winter from South China

Starlings Video

Little Heron

Little Heron

Grey Tail Tattler

Grey Tail Tattler

Crested Myna

Crested Myna

Chesnut Cheeked Starling-Sturnus phillipines

Chesnut Cheeked Starling-Sturnus phillipines
Second Lifer

Pink Necked Green Pigeon - video

Crested Myna video

Pink Necked Green Pigeon

Pink Necked Green Pigeon
My best ever effort with digiscoping

Cattle Egret!!

Black Collared Starlings

Black Collared Starlings
Lifer of the Day....spot at Penampang-Dongongon roadside

Oriental Pratincole

Oriental Pratincole
At the road side Penampang/Dongongon bypass

Black Headed Munia

Black Headed Munia
Shot at padi field at Penampang

Waders feeding

Waders feeding
digiscope

Ruff - digiscope

Ruff - digiscope
Only bird / Penampang rice field

Black Wing Stilt - digiscope

Black Wing Stilt - digiscope
Taken at Penampang roadside

Wimbrel - digiscope

Wimbrel - digiscope
Sighted at Lok Kawi Mud flat

Pacific Egret - Grey Form

Pacific Egret - Grey Form
digiscope

Snipe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHP6RE_IS_k

Sunset

Sunset
Nature

Digiscoping Equipment

Digiscoping Equipment

Equipment use for birding

  • Nikon D300
  • SLIK tripod / Monfrotto ProB tripod with Monfrotto Video Head 701HDV
  • Kowa Universal adapter
  • Canon G9 / Nikon L16 Coolpix
  • TSN603 with 45X wide angle / 20X wide angle
  • Nikon Monarch 10x42

Birding at Tambunan

Birding at Tambunan
Mountain Barbet / Andrew and Karim in action

Birding Time with Good Friends

22 April 08

Late updating, few trips with Jason and CK. We had a good sight of the Whitehead Spider Hunter. They took pictures (digiscoping). Have not seen it yet.

Jason on the scope for Whiteheads broadbill

Jason on the scope for Whiteheads broadbill
Broadbill quest

CK (front carrying his scope) and Jason

CK (front carrying his scope) and Jason

Jason - Tabin restaurant platform

Jason - Tabin restaurant platform

Tabin

Tabin
Jason - bird spotting