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3 Days in Fraser's Hill with a pro-ecotourism

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A pleasant birding trip to Fraser's Hill. We have covered the hill station, old road, new road and the Gap. Our birding starts after we finished breakfast in KKB, as soon as the sun rises, we managed to get the species in open area including 3 species of cuckoos - Plaintive, Banded Bay and Little Bronze in less than 30 minutes which David was so amazed!

It was not David's first visit to Fraser's Hill. But he would like to see the species he had seen before as well as some of the species that he missed previously. Well, he did get what he wanted .... forktail, nuthatch, shortwing, flycatcher, partridge, magpie, cuckooshrike, and many more.

We ended the trip with 2 Whiskered Treeswift!
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Hulu Langat Birding August 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Crested Serpent Eagle & Black Hornbill

Black-and-Red Broadbill 
 Crimson-winged Woodpecker

Drongo Cuckoo

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Recee Fraser's Hill and Melaka July 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
For the past 3 days, I was travelling with Noel covering Fraser's Hill and Melaka. From the airport, we drove up to the hill station with a short birding stop between KLIA and Fraser's Hill. As soon as we arrived at the hill station, we went around the birding spots to see as much as we can. Back in the hotel lobby after dinner, we met Derrick Wilby, a serious twitcher from South Africa. We chatted for a while before getting our rest and prepare for tomorrow. The next day, at the hotel lobby we saw Derrick still awake and busy uploading his photos onto facebook (this guy is serious). Anyway, we started with a pre-dawn birding to get specific targets and continue until check out from the hotel in the afternoon. We drove south to Melaka. It was indeed a very long journey. We stopped at a small heronry and (what used to be a) small mangrove patch before the end of the day. On our final day of the trip, we checked the paddy field and saw Lesser Adjutant Stork, Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Swamphen Eurasian Moorhen,  Cinnamon Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Baya Weaver, Stork-billed Kingfisher, etc. After completing our round in the paddy field, Noel went around the town's touristic spots and soon after that, we were on our way back to KL.


Noel checking out the Bottlebrush tree in Fraser's Hill.


Morning birding in Fraser's Hill


Coming down via New Road


A small heronry in Melaka


What used to be a small area filled with mangrove trees is now flat and barren land, perhaps ready for development.


Melaka paddy field in a rainy morning


On the way back to KL, stopped by a small patch of forest in Melaka. I used to come here for Pitta and Broadbill.
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About Me

I'm a bird watcher, digiscoper, photographer and a licensed nature guide. Welcome to my 'A Malaysian Birder' blog. I will post my bird sightings and photographs on this blog. I started bird watching while studying in university. After graduating with a degree in forestry specializing in parks and recreation management, I have been attached to the parks and gardens industry. My past work experiences involve conducting environmental education program, bird watching and many more.

Bird Watching Tours

There are quite a number of birding groups from Australia, United States and United Kingdom that come over to Malaysia annually visiting the traditional key sites that include Kuala Selangor, Fraser's Hill and Taman Negara. There is not doubt that the 3 sites are the preferred birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia. So if you are coming over for birding and intend to hire a guide, you can send me an email at nature2pixel@gmail.com and go over to posting section to view photos and summary of trip reports with testimonials from past clients.

Besides following the traditional route, I also customized trip according to clients needs, preference and interests. So there are some local patches that I can introduce to all bird watchers, digiscopers and photographers.

Equipment

I use a spotting scope from Omicron for my bird guiding trips and digiscoping. You can get more information from their website at http://omicron-optics.com The spotting scope is placed on a Feisol tripod and Manfrotto 701 video head. This is an ideal setup for me due to its light weight. A customized eyepiece adapter to my Nikon P5100 was fabricated by Cheang Kum Seng from Ipoh, Perak. Very useful during my guiding trips because I get to take photos of birds sighted and post them on my Nature2pixel website. Binocular is the most essential tools for bird watching and guiding. I used to have a Minox 8x42 but have given it to a friend since I upgraded to Nikon 8x42 Monarch. Update: May 2014 - Could be time for me to upgrade to a Kowa 10x42 BD XD which is more compact? I came across this website showing a review of the Nikon D4S at http://www.aaronstours.com

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