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December 31, 2020

Birding Retrospective 2020

Filed under: Birds — admin @ 12:44 pm

2020 Recap Birding

After two months in Sulawesi, I hopped on the boat to Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia, and spent some time at Tawau Hills National Park. It is going to be hard to pick just one photo from this time because there were so many great photos.

White-crowned Hornbill - male
White-crowned Hornbill (Aceros comatus)

Tawau Hills NP, sabah. January 16th, 2020. Then it was another trip to the Kinabatangan River with so many birds and animals. Fast forward to Sepilok at the end of the month. February saw me at Mount Kinabalu, then north towards Kudat and Banggi Island. South to the Crocker Ranges and Tenom area. Then Gunung Mulu in Sarawak and back to Kota Kinabalu and Singapore.

Spotted Wood Owl
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)

Pasir Ris Park, Singapore. February 29th, 2020. Into Malaysia and first stop was Mersing, Melaka, Port Dixon, Cameron Highlands. Pulau Pangkor was the last stop for three months because of the lockdown (MCO).

Streaked Spiderhunter
Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna)

Cameron Highlands, malaysia. March 13th, 2020. April and I am still in lockdown on Pangkor Island. Luckily I had a nice bilik on the water, a kitchen and decent wifi. I actually quite enjoyed my time during lockdown. Very relaxing.

Striated Heron
Striated Heron (Butorides striata)

Pangkor Island, Malaysia. April, 2020. There was a relatively limited range of birds on my jetty home, so I might skip ahead to the next venue. May, I am still in Pangkor and in June i head north to Ipoh.

Milky Stork
Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea)

Taman Tasik, Taiping , malaysia. June, 2020. Taman Tasik and Bukit Larut in Taiping were my favourite places. Next to Penang, then Sungai Petani, Alor Setar in Kedah state. Caught the boat to Langkawi.

Pin-striped Tit-Babbler
Pin-striped Tit-Babbler ( Mixornis gularis )

Langkawi.. July 11th, 2020. Across the water to Kuala Perlis, East to the Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Kapas Island, Cherating.

Van Hasselt's Sunbird - male
Van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptocoma brasiliana) – male

Perhentian Kecil, malaysia. July 22nd, 2020.. August I was in Kuantan, then Jerantut, back to the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Taiping,

Crested Goshawk
Crested Goshawk ( Accipiter trivirgatus )

Taiping, malaysia. August 15th, 2020. North again to Penang, and Langkawi.

Great Hornbill    - female
Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) – female

Langkawi. September 30th, 2020.

Slaty-breasted Rail
Slaty-breasted Rail (Lewinia striata)

Langkawi. October 17th, 2020. The next few months saw me still in Langkawi.

Gray-headed Lapwing
Gray-headed Lapwing (Vanellus cinereus)

Langkawi. November 14th, 2020.

Rufous-bellied Swallow
Rufous-bellied Swallow (Cecropis badia)

Langkawi. December 11th, 2020. And that is it, It is now the last day of 2020. All in all, it has been a pretty good year, despite all the dramas and disasters.


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