Tag Archives: Sabah

Action Asia articles

As part of the project to write a book about the Coral Triangle, Eric Madeja and I are publishing a series of articles in Action Asia magazine.  The first two have appeared:

November 2013: Pearls in Shells about sea turtles in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia (038-39 Env)

January 2014: Growing pains: Entering its second decade, the young nation of Timor-Leste is trying to forge an identity that melds sustainability with the need to develop its economy (032-33 Environment Jan14)

March 2014: Fresh fish, same old problems: Like so many places in the Coral Triangle, Palawan is struggling to find ways to make the valuable live reef food fish trade more sustainable (036-38 Environment Mar14)

May 2014: In palm oil’s uncertain grip: The growth of the industry in Papua New Guinea helped lead to the discovery of Kimbe Bay’s rich reefs, but it is also one of the threats to those same reefs (034-36 Environment May14)

July 2014: Divided islands, shared fate? Uncertainty about climate and about communities’ ability to manage their impacts clouds the future of the beautiful Solomon Islands (coming soon)

I like bird watching

I like bird watching.  Somehow, its become part of my family.  My mother, my aunt and uncle, and some of my cousins can often be found in the woods, wetland or coast with binoculars.  But, I’m not very good at it.  But being in nature and enjoying the search and seeing something interesting or beautiful is a little thrill.


Most of my birding over the past 10 years has been throughout Sabah, Malaysian Borneo with Mount Kinabalu as my favorite destination.  at 4095 meters, Mt. Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea and home to many of Borneo’s highland endemic birds.

My biggest success is having spotted Kinabalu’s Whitehead 3 – Whitehead’s Broadbill, Whitehead’s Trogon, and Whitehead’s Spiderhunter – and I’m happy to have accomplished it with my best birding partner, Angela Lim.  It took us several years and a few rather harrowing encounters with the Liwagu Trail, but we did it.

Whitehead’s Broadbill (Calyptomena whiteheadi)
Whitehead’s Trogon (Harpactes whiteheadi)
Whitehead’s Spiderhunter (Arachnothera jullae)

Some of my other favorite birding spots include the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sandakan, Fraser’s Hill in Peninsular Malaysia, and the Kinabatangan River.

Fraser's Hill clock tower