Wild Kinabatangan Photographic Expedition 2011Saturday, May 14, 2011

Embark on a photographic journey to Sukau, Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in the lower end of Kinabatangan River. It has the largest concentration of wildlife in Asia, including the Proboscis monkey, Crocodiles, Wild Orang Utan, Bornean Elephants, Storm’s stork, Hornbills, Kingfishers. Sightings of wildlife are comfortably viewed from a boat. A haven for avid photographers! and birders....

You will launch from Sandakan, on board... the Catamaran Cruiser, on the upper deck is a great way to view the sceneries and wildlife as you cruise to the upper reach of the Kinabatangan river.

Cede Prudente will travel with you and share the techniques on improving your skills in Wildlife and Nature Photography.
His website:


Day 1
8.00am – Meet at Sandakan Yacht Club jetty. Load your gears i.e DSLR Lenses and good Binoculars, tripods or Monopod and board the ‘Wonders of Nature, Sabah’ catamaran cruiser.

Sit back and relax while your Photographer Guide takes you on this journey through Sabah’s longest river ~ the Kinabatangan river.

The mangrove and riverine vegetation along the river is home to a diverse wildlife and birdlife.

Great chances to photograph the Borneo’s Proboscis monkeys, Red leaf monkeys, wild Orangutan, the Bornean Elephants, Otters, Crocodile, Hornbills, Kingfishers, Darters, wetland waterbirds, and the diverse wildlife in the area.

Fantastic Birdwatching experience from the Cruiser!

Photography is made simple by setting up your gears on the upper deck and get eye-level with your subjects.

Check in and dinner at Barefoot Sukau Lodge. At night we have time to look at your shots of the day and critique for improvement. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2
Fullday shall be spent in search of more wildlife. The trip takes us river cruising along the tributaries of the Kinabatangan river and photographing on boat and land, aiming for Proboscis monkeys action shots, hornbills, kingfishers, the many species of wetland birds, the pig tailed or long tailed macaque. Good chances of seeing Bornean elephants and wild Orang utan. Over night at Barefoot Sukau Lodge (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Day 3
On your last morning, we start off early with a cruise along the river. Shoot more sceneries and wildlife.
After breakfast, check-out and say goodbye to Barefoot Sukau Lodge. Travel by land to Sandakan. End of service.
(Meals: Breakfast)


RM 880 per person

*Minimum of 15 paying adult


Basic lodge accommodation
Meals stated in itinerary
Activities stated in itinerary
4 private river cruise in Kinabatangan;
Boat & Land transfers as stated in itinerary
Specialist Guide

alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages, tips, porterage and others not stated above.


a. Essential camera equipment & accessories
• DSLR camera body
• Telephoto lenses : 70 to 200mm, 100–400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 800mm
• Wide-angle lens: 10 to 35mm or the equivalent zoom
• Various Filters
• Teleconverter
• Camera remote cable
• Sturdy Tripod with Ball head
• Laptop
• Extra External Hard-disk
• Card reader
• Good pair of Binoculars
• Flash
• Backpack camera bag
• Lens tissue and cleaning fluid
• Blower for dust & Microfiber cloth
• Extra camera battery & charger
• Rain covers
• Insect repellant

b. Essential Personal effects:
• Lightweight clothing or Cotton shirts
• Long sleeves
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Lightweight rucksack
• Personal Toiletries
• Hat
• Headlamp
• Water bottle
• Sun block lotion
• Birds of Borneo and Mammals of Borneo books

Nikon Photography & Birdwatching Workshop 2010Friday, May 7, 2010
Nikon Photography Birdwatching Workshop

7th to 9th May 2010, Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia,
In conjunction with Sabah Fest 2010.

7th May 2010 (Friday)
The first session of the workshop saw the participants engaged by Mr Cede Prudente on Nature Photography. Cede’s lively presentation together with his mesmerizing images and moving videos of nature and widelife of Sabah had the participants’ full attention.
The participants were then split into two groups. The photography group w as taken on a guided photography walk in the Park area, with the speakers mentoring them and giving hands on tutoring on photographic technique on site. The Birding group was taken for a guided bird walk along the well laid trails of the Park.
Mr Kelvin Chan spoke on Travel Photography, he elaborated on the choice of subjects, composition, lighting and lenses to use under each circumstance. He also showcased his excellent collection of images from his vast travel and commercial assignments t o the participants

Photo : Raymond Low

Photo : jollence Lee

                                                                             Ashy Drongo

Photo : Cede Prudente                                                                                        Chestnut-crested Yuhina

Photo : Cede Prudente                                                                                        Chestnut-crested Yuhina

8th May 2010 (Saturday)
After the 6 a.m. breakfast, participants were again split into 2 groups, however, the photography group was further divided into a bird photography group, the groups were than led by the various speakers to photography and bird watching field trip.
Mr John Kong presented a talk on Discovering A World Of Subject With Nikon Lenses after the field trip. He elaborated in depth on the available Nikon camera bodies and lenses and how to utilize them in real life photography assignments. His presentation included breathtaking images taken with the assortment of  lenses.
Miss C S Ling, a young lady from Singapore spoke on Nature and Wildife Photography from her perspective. She has travelled to northern Japan and remote China to make thought provoking images of nature and wildlife. Being a lady, she shared with the lady participants on the challenges of being a lady nature photographer.
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Mr T S Wong than spoke on Birds of Borneo, he briefed the participants on the number of species and endemics birds of Borneo, bird migrations and ethics to be observed in bird photography. He also shared beautiful images of wild birds of Borneo taken by him.
After the talks, the photography group led by various speakers went to Kundasang market to do hands on photography of  people, landscape and travel. The birding groups was stranded at the conference venue due to the thick mist.">
Photo Review was carried out after dinner, participants shared images captured during the field trips with other participants with critiques, comments and encouragements from the speakers.

Photo : Raymond Low

Photo : Raymond Low

Photo : Raymond Low

Photo : Cede Prudente                                                                   Chestnut-hooded Laughing-thrush

Photo : Cede Prudente                                                                                                       Mount kInabalu

Exhibition at Kinabalu park

9th May 2010 (Sunday)
At 5.00 am the photography group was taken by the various speakers to photograph the spectacular sunrise over Kinabalu. The birding group was led by the Tengku  Adlin to walk in the Park area.
Jason Bugay Reyes  spoke on Birdwatching and Digiscoping after breakfast, he elaborated in depth on the working of the Nikon Binoculars and Fieldscopes.  He also demonstrated the Nikon system of Digiscoping where you can achieve 1300mm focal length without breaking your bank and back. Images taken by Jason using the Digiscoping set-up were also displayed.
Tengku Adlin later witnessed the signing of the MOU by the donors of photographs for the benefit of Sabah Cheshire Home. The prints will be for sale all over Sabah with the proceeds donated to Sabah Cheshire Home.

Closing Ceremony by Tengku Adlin representing Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Sabah. 

 Participants, Speakers, Guests with Tengku Adlin

Thank you to TSWong for the write-up and contributing Photographers