Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rare and notable bird sightings in Sabah - 1st Quarter 2014

The list shows the notable bird sightings in Sabah in the first quarter of 2014, 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.

Standard References for my blog.

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