Sunday, April 20, 2014

Eurasian Wigeon

Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope, rare winter visitor to north-eastern Borneo. Recorded ten times from Borneo, only once in Bintulu, Sarawak in 1875. More recent records up to late Ninties are from Brunei and Sabah. No record yet from Kalimantan.

We were lucky to see one male and one female in Tinagat, Tawau on 22nd February 2014 (my lifer for 2014), they were in the same pond with the male Northern Pintail Anas acuta.

The female bird was closer with the male Northen Pintail, they always stayed close to each other. The male bird on the other hand was seen singly all the time when we were there. The male bird stayed on for at least another week while Northern Pintail and female Eurasin Wigeon left the next day as we were unable to locate them at the pond.

 Eurasian Wigeon - male
 Northern Pintail is seen staying close to the female Eurasian Wigeon.
Eurasian Wigeon - female

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Northern Pintail

Northern Pintail Anas acuta, rare winter visitor to Borneo.

All precious records except two were from the north west coast of Borneo; they were from west coast of Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak, no record yet from Kalimantan. The only two records so far from the east coast of Sabah were six birds from Mumiang, near Kinabatangan in 1985 and one female from Tinagat, Tawau in November 2012.

On 22nd February 2014 my birding buddy, Mr. Kong Ket Leong and myself went to our usual places in Tinagat, Tawau to try our luck and spotted this male in a pond with a group of local resident Wandering Whistling Duck Dendrocygna javanica, we spotted it immediately when we drove near the pond,  we quickly reversed our car to a spot further away so as not to spook it. We than scampered  to get our photographic equipment to take photos of this beauty.

It was quite content with our presence as the pond was large enough for it to stay on the far end with the group of Wandering Whistling Duck without feeling threatened.

The different in size is apparent here.

The Duck Pond.

Happy birding.

Photodocument of Wild Birds of Borneo.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rare and notable bird sightings in Sabah - 4th Quarters 2013

The list shows the notable bird sightings in Sabah in the forth quarter of 2013, feel free to email me if I miss out anything.

A Word file with links to the relevant images is at Borneo Bird Images Document list.

Happy birding.

Photodocument of Wild Birds of Borneo.

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