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Lothar on a "hunt" again

Friday, March 17, 2017

This month end, Lothar is here again to hunt for more birds. We started off with a boogie bird which eluded Lothar many times previously. So, on our first day we were all focus on nailing this species first thing in the morning at Cyberjaya as I have seen for the past few months. As usual 2 individuals were spotted. Next, we proceed to our next target Crimson Sunbird. Without much effort except for the long walk and few minutes of waiting. We were greeted by Black-and-Red Broadbill going into the nest on the other side of the pond, and there were also Yellow Bittern, Germain's Swiftlet, Barn Swallow, Pacific Swallow, Little Egret, White-throated Kingfisher, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Brown-throated Sunbird at the spot we were waiting. Next on our list - Copper-throated Sunbird and Mangrove Pitta, so we drove to the coast. Almost instantly we saw a pair of our targeted sunbird but there is no sign of the pitta. We decided to give it a miss and head to the next pitta, a Hooded Pitta. Upon arrival at the site, we heard the call and Lothar was surprised to see this so easily compare to the Mangrove Pitta. 

Laced Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)


On our second day, we headed to the highland stakeout for the Mountain Peacock Pheasant.After 3 hours of waiting (and de-stress at the bushes behind the stakeout), 1 lone Mountain Peacock Pheasant emerged from the forest. Of course, we were also entertained by Ferruginous Partridge, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike (another boogie bird for Lothar), Siberian Blue Robin, Orange-headed Thrush, Ochraceous Bulbul and White-rumped Shama. Then we drove down to the lowland forest for babblers and bulbuls. We managed to get Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Black-throated Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Hooded Pitta (again!), a pair of Scarlet-rumped Trogon, and a pair of Banded Kingfisher.

Orange-headed Thrush hidden in the darker comfort zone early in the morning

A Tiger Shrike was seen just a few feet away from the Orange-headed Thrush 

Ferruginous Flycatcher (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Ferruginous Partridge (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Orange-headed Thrush (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Rhinoceros Hornbill (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Banded Kingfisher was calling the whole afternoon

Hooded Pitta (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)


Hairy-backed Bulbul (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Next, on our third day we went up north for specific targets in which we managed some unexpected species too. Although a very exhausting day, it was still a rewarding day for both of us. Today highlight includes Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Greater Flameback, Copper-throated Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Bank Swallow / Pale Sand Martin, Greater Painted Snipe, Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Banded Woodpecker. 

After spending a night in the northern region, we make our way up to Fraser's Hill. Lothar was here with me to look for the Malaysian Partridge previously but we were not that lucky then. This time, with a little more patience, we finally have it on our trip list along with Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Large Scimitar Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler and many more. We also spent some time in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan and Krau Forest to get more lowland birds.

Black Hornbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Green Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Malaysian Partridge (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Long-tailed Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)


Olive-backed Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Red-headed Trogon (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Silver-breasted Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

White-rumped Shama (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)


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Day Trips to Fraser's Hill March 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017
"I had one of my most memorable birding trips in my life thanks to Wengchun with whom I went on a full day birding trip from KL to Frasers Hill. Wengchun picked me up early in the morning and it was a pleasure to chat with him. He is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. I told him that the red headed trogon was on my wish list and we birded the whole day and i got more than what i wished for !! I had 40 lifers in this trip including some real beauties including the red headed trogon, Mugimaki flycatcher, Large Niltava, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Silver-eared Mesia and many more
On the whole wengchun is someone who would make any birders day great and i would whole heartedly recommend him to anyone who has a day to spare to see the avian wonders of malaysia !!!" - Dr Gopi, India

Done 2 day trips to Fraser's Hill for 2 separate guests. Both wanted to take photographs. I realized now that I am having more guests that came to Malaysia not only to see the birds but some were here to take photographs.

Pygmy Wren-babbler (Pygmy Cupwing) with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Red-headed Trogon (male) with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Rufous-browed Flycatcher with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Rufous-browed Flycatcher with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

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Photography Trip to Selangor, Perak & Pahang

This is a joint trip with 2 different guests (Thomas was one of the 2 guests) but only for the first day. The subsequent days, I was guiding 1 guest. Anyway, the trip was fantastic and rewarding for the guests and myself! We started the day very early in the morning (it was still dark in Lanchang), and one of our targets was hit but no chance to get good photo as the bird was not at a preferred perch. 

Black Hornbill (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

When we entered the forest, light was considered poor, but the Rufous-collared Kingfisher greeted us as soon as we setup our gears. Ok....lighting was not ideal for my hand held equipment. Here is a photo to convince you how bad the lighting was then. 

Rufous-collared Kingfisher (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Black-capped Babbler (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Several other species came later but we also spent our half day outing in the open area. Our highlights for Lanchang include Black-throated Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Hooded Pitta, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, Lesser Green Learbird, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Blue-eared Barbet, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Sooty Barbet, and more. Next we drove back to KL for our next target and we nailed both Blue-eared Kingfisher (a lifer for Thomas. both of us have tried a few times looking for it prior to this sighting) and Stork-billed Kingfisher. 

On Day 2, we went to get the next kingfisher, a Rufous-backed Kingfisher. We were there waiting at the location with several other photographers in the morning. Waited for the bird to land on the ideal spot for almost 2 hours before it eventually came close and show itself well for a few good minutes, which is more than enough for everyone. In the later part of the day, we had Hooded Pitta. It was not easy at the first stakeout, so we retreated to a second stakeout - almost instantly the Pitta performed right in front of us! Without wasting time, we drove to our next location which is few hours away. Here we had Blue Rock Thrush, Bllue Whistling Thrush, Java Sparrow and Plaintive Cuckoo.  

Rufous-backed Kingfisher (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Hooded Pitta (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Java Sparrow (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Blue Rock Thrush (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Blue Whistling Thrush (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)


Buffy Fish Owl (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Greater Flameback (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Plaintive Cuckoo (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Emerald Dove (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)


Malaysian Partridge (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)




Long-tailed Broadbill (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Mugimaki Flycatcher (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)



Red-headed Trogon (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Silver-eared Mesia (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Streaked Spiderhunter (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)




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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.

I am very sure that some of you are interested to do bird watching but unable to join those groups due to the dates of departure that clash with your work. So if you are coming over for birding and intend to hire a guide, you can send me an email at wengchun (AT) gmail (DOT) com and go over to my guiding website 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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