Re: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Borneo – Part 1 - The Borneo Bird Festival,

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Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Borneo – Part 1 - The Borneo Bird Festival, 10-15 October 2009
From: David Adams <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:16:26 +1100
Any Aussie birder with a chance to visit Borneo should go. If I win
the lottery, that's where I'll be heading. (Actually, it's more a
matter of convincing my wife who likes Borneo but doesn't lie awake at
night thinking about it the way I do.)

I can only speak for Sabah and Sarawak, but they're *fantastic*.
Sarawak is underbirded and also fantastic. I think birders go to Sabah
largely because birders go to Sabah. (Well, it's remarkable in it's
own right..) The island is quite enormous so it's pretty easy to
underestimate how much time you'll need. Anyway, the birds are
remarkable, the mammals are amazing, and the remaining forest (when
you get to it) is stunning. For Asia, the place is really uncrowded.

You can do the trip expensive or cheap, your call. We found the local
food to be really tasty and local people exceptionally nice. If you're
sorting things out on your own, you may need to think through
alternatives to suggest instead of waiting for alternatives to be
offered. I'd really l like to learn enough Bahasa Malaysian to travel
in more detail.

One of the biggest problems for birders, until now, has been the lack
of an up-to-date (or even available) field guide. I have both new
guides on order. I ran into Susan Myers on a trip to Sabah and she's
the real deal. She's not on this list (at least she wasn't), but she's
an Aussie. She is easily one of the most hard-core birders you could
ever hope to meet - and very helpful in person.

I have the bad habit of _not_ writing up trip reports but do have one
from Sabah in 2006 up. I never did get around to writing up Sarawak
but, if someone's going, I can try and dig up some details and
suggestions. Here's a link to a bit of detail on Sabah:

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