Trip report from Borneo – Oct 2019 – Tomer Ben-Yehuda
A bit behind schedule, here is the trip report from our trip to Borneo. Any comments, questions or corrections are always welcome!
Fantastic report Tomer! It sounds like you guys had a great trip. Congrats on the Whitehead’s Pygmy Squirrel (one of my favorites too) but too bad about the Banded Linsang…that’s on my short list for “someday”.
Looks like you need to make a return visit just like we do. It’s amazing that even though you saw so much there is still so much that you didn’t see. Next time, right? LOL
Fourth time lucky hopefully in my case if I make it out there again. I will have a bit more to add to this now that Tomer has completed his narrative, although I think he omitted certain misadventures of his…. there will be a bit about Tawau lowlands and more on the birds when I start putting it up on safaritalk.net.
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I have just read the comments regarding bringing thermal scopes into Singapore and thought I would comment on my own experience, as it is not as risk free as implied.
Last month I was flying from KL to Perth and transiting through Changi. All passengers coming off the inbound flight from KL were inspected. at the gate. Everyone had to go through a metal detector and hand luggage was x-rayed. On noticing my binoculars staff specifically asked if they were a thermal scope.
After passing through I took the opportunity to talk to the preceding officer and find out exactly what was the law in Singapore: She told me:
1.Thermal scopes are a prohibited import into Singapore without a permit which is only granted if the scope is for an approved use.
2. Any scope found on a traveller entering Singapore will be confiscated.
3. A traveller transiting and not entering Singapore would be allowed to keep it.
I have travelled through Singapore a number of times over the last few years and this is the first time I have been searched on arrival. Middle class western travellers are unlikely to be prime targets for Customs, so the chances of a scope being picked up are probably small. However if your scope is discovered, it will be confiscated.