Many were stand alone on agricultural land however there are a number in Tawau town itself.
Someone told me that one the first BH in Tawau town is above a supermaket.
The story about how it started was very interesting.
Many years ago when bird flu SARS was reported in Malaysia, all building were inspected in Tawau.
One of the many building was this supermarket.
The owner of the supermarket were told that after inspection the Health department found that one of the room was with swiftlet nests.
The owner was very surprised but immediately after that he got hold of a "Consultant" to convert his top floor into swiftlet house.
Now it seems that it become the landmark in Tawau.
A supermarket with a huge BH on its top floor.
I also discovered something interesting about a very successful consultant who owned at least 10 successful BHs all over Tawau but when he erect BHs for others nearly all were not doing well.
I visited three of his design BHs during my trip and observed some very strange things on how he design the BHs.
One distinct design was the use of cement block as nesting planks.
All the three uses cement nesting blocks and a few were above 1 foot width.
I reserve my comment about whether those birds love them or not.
One thing for sure is that it will be very difficult to install tweeters on the hard cement.
Another unusual idea is to erect half wall using bricks and plastered with cement in a ziz zag manner from the back to the front.
When I posted why the consultant erect such a weired manner all the three BH owners claimed that swiftlet love to fly in a ziz zag manner.
I later discovered that this idea of ziz zag flying manner came from the Ketua Pengarah Perhutanan of Sabah.
I don't think so but most Sabahan think so.
Another interesting story was about how a group of Malay entrepreneurs being dupe by a Doctor from Semenanjung.
All together 30 of them who invested more then 3 million ringgit and all now owned BHs that are not functioning.
The "Semenanjung Dr" promised them that within one year they will be able to harvest 10 kg of nests. (Very Karut)
So far after almost two years not one BH even have 1/2 a kilogram.
The group are still hoping that the same Dr will one day turn up to resurrect their fate.
From what I can see, he will not turn up anymore since he is currently active in duping more Sabah people for being so naive.
It seems that he is now active in Keningau and KK with his mode of promise.
10KG of nest within one year.
I told the group assistant leader to make a Police report and once done submit to the Jabatan Immegresion to stop this person from stepping into Sabah.
They need to stop such a person who have been cheating many Sabahan time and again.