In addition to that, supporters and sponsors of the event namely the Sabah Society, Sabah Tourism Board, Tourism Malaysia, Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Wildlife Department, Nikon Malaysia and Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan ensured their dream is materialized. After years of waiting, a two legged events of bird fairs were held successfully. Obviously, more are expected to come in the near future as Sabah prepares for the International Bird Fair 2009 and the Malaysian Rainforest Flora and Fauna Festival 2010.
I could see the fatigue in his eyes during our chat but I could also see his joy and satisfaction. It is never easy to pull off something important such as these events. Obviously, he is a man of great determination and vision. After almost 19 years devoting his life in nature conservation both directly and indirectly, I am astonished by his enthusiasm. He has just warmed up, I thought to myself. He was serious when he said he wanted bird watching to be a favorite past time in Sabah particularly.
I could not believe my luck during the second leg bird fair at 1Borneo Shopping Complex. Not only that I was glad to be there, but I was so astounded by the degree of determination and sacrifice made by Cede and his fellow photographers. Lined up in display and for test drive for public were their cameras and equipments worth close to half a million ringgit! Unbelievable! Not even Nikon dealers dared to put their goods on the line!
Nikon Malaysia was very lucky to have their consumers giving them great promotion! It was only in my dream to lay hands on cameras and lenses of top class. Imagine having a D3, D300 and D700 with monstrous 300mm 2.8, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm bazookas in your hands…well, been there and done that! It was one of my greatest experiences. Who can blame me if I decide to switch camp? Canon sucks in this part of the world…maybe. If money isn’t a problem…I would proudly wear the Nikon cap and walk into the “Dark Side”.
On the other hand, the equipments play little part in bird watching. It all depends on what one wants to achieve. Personally, I want to capture bird images in their natural environment and obviously as attractive as I can possibly achieve. Birds are beautiful creatures that need a closer look to be appreciated, and that’s when images need to be at their best. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. However, if one isn’t particularly fond of photographing them, a pair of binocular or scopes is a must have gear.
My friends and I have started birding earlier and made it as fun family activity. It is going to be more fun to see more unfamiliar faces joining in and share our passion. Thanks to all the parties involved and especially to Mr. Cede Prudente, I can see the “birding flu” spreading fast and wide in Sabah.
Any inquiries regarding the Borneo Bird Club and its activities just send your email to email@example.com. Fancy a birding adventure instead? Just visit http://www.cedeprudente.com/ and overwhelm yourself.
Mr. Jollence Lee in action after his talk about landscape photography. His beautiful work has won lots of heart and now diversifying them by going into wedding photography. An experienced photographer and shares his passion at http://www.jollencelee.com/ .
10. Sabrina Sitorus 11. Sarah Sitorus
12. Alli Sitorus
It is an uphill battle, but our only hope is our next generation.
14. John Bakar (A.k.a Johnizam)
My son was a happy boy when all the photographers themselves autographed on the limited edition postcards.I was explaining to my younger generation on how birds get their names.
With one of my friend, Raymond Alfred a.k.a Elephant man. He's with WWF.
Andrew Siani and C.K Leong are the two other speakers at the 1Borneo bird fair which I didn't have any pictures of. Both of them are top birders in Sabah and are well known in the birding world.
There are times I was reluctant to take out my Canon due to my respect to one of the sponsors during the bird fair. I just hope that will not be the case next time... anyway, we are flying high in Sabah, Borneo with the Borneo Bird Club (BoBC).