Thursday, October 6, 2016

Migratory waterbirds in East Asian-Australasian Flyway

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Migratory waterbirds in East Asian-Australasian Flyway and how birdwatchers in Borneo can contribute to the conservation.  

by : Ms Tomoko Ichikawa of EAAFP

East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF) stretches from Alaska and Russia, through East and Southeast Asia, to Australia and New Zealand. It includes 22 countries with various economic, cultural, and social backgrounds. The EAAF supports at least 50 million migratory waterbirds of more than 200 species. However, the number of migratory waterbirds is in a sharp decline because of the rapid loss and degradation of their habitats. Continuous monitoring will become very important to support the survival of migratory waterbirds. It would be great if this talk can encourage Bornean bird watchers to discuss how they can participate in the systematic and continuous monitoring in Borneo through their works and hobbies to contribute to the migratory waterbird conservation.

Slides were presented at the Borneo Bird Festival 2016 Talk session. We wish to thank the Author - Ms. Tomoko Ichikawa for the kind approval to post the slides on this blog. Please do not distribute without prior permission to the Author.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

8th Borneo Bird Festival

Borneo Bird Festival is a celebration of the magnificent birds of Borneo, it is aimed to create public awareness to bird conservation, to promote birdwatching, and encourage eco-tourism activities. A total of 688 resident and migratory bird species were recorded in Borneo, 60 bird species are endemic.

The Festival will be held at Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve in Sandakan, with more than 300 species of birds recorded and has become birder’s attention worldwide for its resident endemic Bornean Bristlehead, Bornean Falconet, Black-crowned pitta and more. While here, we encourage you to visit the world famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Bornean Sunbear Conservation Sunbear Centre, a 5minutes drive from RDC and the Kinabatangan River, a two-hours drive.

Among the highlights of the activities are the Bird Race, Talks, Bird Photography Contests, Workshops, Booth Exhibitions, various Children’s activity and Youth Camp, above all,  camaraderie of fellow birders and nature photographers. This year, we are excited to launch the 1st Borneo Bird Run, a fun run to promote healthy lifestyle and remind the community of the importance to conserving our natural environment as source of clean air!

The event has imparted good knowledge to nature and conservation awareness, it has created bonds among its participants both local and international visitors. The event generated an overwhelming 6,000 visitors during the 3days festival. With this, we look forward to see you and share the excitement of Borneo Bird Festival!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Annual General Meeting 2015

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A video compilation of Activities for 2015

Borneo Bird Festival 2015 Kinabalu Park

The successful 7th Borneo Bird Festival 2015 event was held from the 23rd -25th October at the Kinabalu Park in Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia.  The next event will take place back in its home at the Rainforest Discovery Center, Sepilok in Sandakan, Sabah. The event also saw more than 2000 participants and visitors attended the two days event held here at Kinabalu Park.

Kinabalu Park is Malaysia's first World Heritage site, it covers 75,370 ha. Dominated by Mount Kinabalu (4,095m), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, it holds a distinctive position for the biota of Southeast Asia.  Geologically, Kinabalu Park is a granite intrusion formed 15 million years ago and thrust upward one million years ago by tectonic movements and shaped by forces that continue to define its landscape. Despite its geological youth it is exceptionally high in species with living relics of natural vegetation remaining, over 93% of the Park area.

The altitudinal range of the property, 152m – 4,095m, presents a wide array of habitats from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest (35% of the park) to tropical montane forest (37%), and sub-alpine forest and scrub at the highest elevations. Ultramafic (serpentine) rocks cover about 16% of the park and have vegetation specific to this substrate. The property has been identified as a Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia; it contains representatives from at least half of all Borneo’s plant species and is exceptionally rich in species with elements from the Himalayas, China, Australia, Malaysia, and pan tropical floras. With records of half of all Borneo’s birds, mammals and amphibian species and two-thirds of all Bornean reptiles the property is both species-rich and an important centre for endemism.

YB Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, together with Dr. Jamili Nais - Director of Sabah Parks (left) and Y.M. Dato' Seri Tengku Dr. Zainal Adlin Bin Tengku Mahmood - Chairman of Sabah Parks (right) and Dr. Maklarin Lakim - Deputy Director, Sabah Parks - officiated the launching of the bird festival and a brochure and book titled Endemic Birds of Borneo found in Kinabalu Park by Alim Biun.

Handing over of cheque as contribution to the fund of Malim Gunung
This was then followed by the launching of the Birds of Borneo App which is available on IOS and Android from the Google Play Store and also App Store. Mementos we then presented to him by the President of the Sandakan Borneo Bird Club, Mr Cede Prudente where a beautiful photograph of Mount Kinabalu was unveiled and handed over to the minister who then flagged of the 7th bird race from the main event hall before going on a tour around the festival grounds. The minister also supported some of the vendors by purchasing some merchandise as souvenirs.

The organisers are introducing the montane birds of Sabah in the Malaysian Borneo. There are  more than 680 bird species in recorded in Borneo, 60 are endemic to the island. 50 birds species are found in the montane forest of Kinabalu and 26 bird species are endemic to Borneo,  such as, the Bornean Barbet, Bornean Frogmouth, Bornean Leafbird, Bornean Treepie, Bornean Green Magpie, Bornean Swiftlet, Bornean Leafbird, Bornean Whistler, Whitehead’s Trogon, Whitehead’s Broadbill, Whitehead’s Spiderhunter, Fruithunter, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Pale-faced Bulbul, Bald-headed Laughing-thrush, Chestnut-hooded Laughing-thrush, Bornean Whistling Thrush, Bornean Flowerpecker, Eye browed Jungle Flycatcher, Mountain Black-eye, Kinabalu Friendly Warbler, Bornean Stubtail, Mountain Wren-babbler, Crimson-headed Partridge, Red-breasted Hill Partridge, Kinabalu Serpent Eagle, and for birders and bird photographers, this is haven!

This niche ecotourism event was also officiated by Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun where he spoke about the positive impact of bird and eco tourism in Sabah and how the specialty tour guides play a very important role in contributing to the tourism economy here.
Bird race
Birding with School kids

A special visit by H.E. Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and his massive entourage also was a surprise to everyone as they were in Sabah on a special tourism and trade mission and while visiting the Kinabalu Park, they stopped by to visit the Borneo Bird Festival. 
In total, over RM20,000 in cash and prizes was given out to the winners from the various contests held throughout the event. Highlights were of course the Bird Race followed by the Bird Photography Contest and the Bird Photo Race. Other fun filled events included the Bird Mimic Sound contest and a kids bird coloring contest was held on the second day of the event. 
Flag-off Sabah Bird Race
Sabah Bird Race briefing
Bird race
Bird Race
Bird Photo Race
School visit birdwatching
The enthusiastic school children birding at the Park
Morning birding walk
Junior Bird Race

There was also the Junior Bird Club and the Borneo 100 to Borneo 500 pin giving ceremony where birders who have observed from 100 to 500 bird species were rewarded by special pins made by the Borneo Bird Club. 

Borneo 50, 100 and 300 bird pins 
Ali Sufri and family were the first family rewarded with the bird pins.
A series of TALKS conducted by various experts and NGO's.

Sabrina Melisa Aripen  - WWF Malaysia 
Title: Alam Semulajadi Sabah

Mr. Mohammad Vol
Title: Birding in Brunei
Ms Lai Nga Yee - Hongkong Birdwatching Society
David Hogan
Title: Birding Awareness via Social Media

David Hogan receiving memento from Mr. Effendi Mahany of Sabah Tourism Board

Ku Kok On – Award Winning Photographer
Title : Birding Tawau Hills and Sungai Wain - adventure of a bird photographer
Mr. Alim Biun
Title: Endemic Birds of Borneo found at Kinabalu Park
Presenting memento is Pn Rimi Repin - Deputy Director of Sabah Parks (Research Division)
Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad
Title1: Egg predatory by the monitor lizard and how in nature, gets over this threat
Title 2: Tembadau and Sumatran Rhino status in Sabah - an overview

Children's Program and Prize giving

Fred Tuh giving certificates to participants

Borneo Bird Festival Photo Contest 2015

Open Category: Artistic Bird Shot

• 1st Prize: Cash RM500.00 + 1 unit Nikon 1 J4 kit with 10-30mm sponsored by Nikon
Mr. Notalip Bin Hassanuddin
Photo title: Pied Thriller in Flight

• 2nd Prize: Cash RM300.00 + 1 pc x Original Swarovski caps from Austria sponsored by Lee Photo
Kong Ket Leong
Photo title: Dancing Argus

• 3rd Prize: Cash RM200.00 + 1 pc x Original Swarovski caps from Austria sponsored by Lee Photo
Chee Su Ken
Photo title: Siberian Blue Robin

Category: Endemic Birds of Borneo

• 1st Prize: 
Cash RM500.00 + Nikon 1 J4 kit with 10-30mm sponsored by Nikon
Mr. Ambo Sakka Mappeasse
Photo Title: Blue Banded Pitta

• 2nd Prize: Cash RM300.00 + 1 pc x Original Swarovski caps from Austria sponsored by Lee Photo
Mr. Lai Jium Sen Sum
Photo Title: Blue Banded Pitta

• 3rd Prize: Cash RM200.00 + 1 pc x Original Swarovski caps from Austria sponsored by Lee Photo
Mr. Alvin Chang

Photo Title: Bornean Necklaced Partridge

Category: Digiscope

• Grand Prize: Cash RM300.00 + Binoculars Monarch 5 Binoculars 8x42  sponsored by Nikon
Mr. CK Leong
Photo Title: Whiskered Treeswift

Bird Photography Race 
Category: Open
• 1st Prize: Cash RM 500 + CANON BINOCULARS 8X25 Sponsored by Canon 
Mr Ramlan Bin Miadin (represented by Ms. Sofiana Waslin)

• 2nd Prize: Cash RM 300 + Legria Mini camcorder sponsored by Canon
Mr Adrian Migiu
• 3rd Prize: Cash RM 200 + Digital Ixus 135 compact camera sponsored by Canon
Mr. Justin Duaneh
Sabah Bird Race ‘Mokitombolog’ 
Category : Open
• 1st Prize: Cash RM1,500 + Medal + 3 units Kowa 10x25 SV DCF binoculars sponsored by Trifid Optical Supplies
Team: Limbukon
1. Bonidatreno @ Bonny Jurunin
2. Lerry Dominic
3. Yabainus Guhalin

• 2nd Prize: Cash RM 900 + Medal + 3 units Nikon Coolpix camera sponsored by Futuromic Photo AV S/B
Team: Kinabalu Serpent Eagle
1. Jason Bugay Reyes
2. John Bakar
3. Adrian Migiu

• 3rd Prize: Cash RM 600 + Medal + 3 units Op/Tech USA Bino Harness sponsored by Lee Photo
Team: Tombolog Hunters
1. Kam Pui Kuan
2. Belle Betsy Chong
3. Eddy Clarence Laban

Junior Bird Race 2015
 1st Prize: Medal + 3 units Kodak camera sponsored by Investline Sdn Bhd
1. Nadhira
2. Joelsiey
3. Adrianizam

• 2nd Prize: Medal + 3 units Olympus Watch sponsored by Investline Sdn Bhd
1. Joeland
2. Ullrich
3. Arif

• 3rd Prize: Medal + 3 units Buffalo Backpack sponsored by Investline Sdn Bhd
1. Nurul Asyikin
2. Ammanda Paul
3. Emanuel Tataba Wollis

Bird Sound Mimic Contest 
Open Category

Overall Winner
David Hogan Jr.
1 unit Canon PowerShot A2500 compact camera

Canon Selphy Portable printer CP-910
Canon Selphy Portable printer CP-910
Exhibitors at the Borneo Bird Festival included Minnox, Canon, Nikon, Swarovski, Borneo Bird Club, Ulu Ulu Resort from Brunei, WWF, Sabah Tourism Board's Kedai Ku, Pahang Tourism, Kuala Kubu Baru Council, Borneo E-Books and Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Observers from Tourism Malaysia were also present to learn about the birds of Sabah during this event where the officials were seen following guided bird tours and attending talks. 

Brunei Birder's Club and Ulu-ulu resort of Brunei
Wings of Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKBS), Selangor 

Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
WWF Malaysia
Malaysian Nature Society
Borneo Books
Lee Photo and Swarovski Optik
Lee Photo

Nikon Malaysia

Canon Malaysia

Wings of KKBS
Malaysian Nature Society
Wild Bird Club of the Philippines
Bornean Sunbear Conservation Centre
Investline Sdn. Bhd.
Trifid Optical Supplies
Nikon Malaysia

Sandakan Borneo Bird Club

Presentation of Memento to Sponsors by
Y.M. Dato' Seri Tengku Dr. Zainal Adlin Bin Tengku Mahmood - Chairman of Sabah Parks

The Borneo Bird Festival 2015 is jointly organised by Sabah Tourism Board and Sandakan Borneo Bird Club have been conducting this since 2008 and has taken Sabah Borneo to another level in niche tourism where many local and international birders or bird watchers have been coming back here. The event is also supported by the Ministry of Tourism Sabah, Sabah Tourism Board, Sabah Parks, Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Forestry Department and Sandakan Municipal Council in promoting birding in Borneo. 

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For those interested in attending the next bird festival and race, you can do so by visiting the Borneo Bird Festival Website for more information on the 8th installment which is going to be held in Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sandakan, Sabah.