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Bird Video: Brown Shrike

Monday, October 24, 2011



This is 1 of the 2 most decent videos that I have recorded using the Canon HF200 + 35mm Showtime adapter + Nikon 300mm f4.

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Putrajaya and Kuala Selangor

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Today is a day out for a little digiscoping in the field. I went to 2 sites - Putrajaya Wetland and Kuala Selangor Nature Park. All photos in this posting are taken with a Nikon P5100 (with Cheang Kum Seng's bracket and adapter) mounted on Omicron Harrier 80ED spotting scope.

Here are some testing shots of captive birds in Putrajaya. Easy targets before going for the wild birds in Kuala Selangor.











Another shot of the shrike to share in this posting.

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A Visitor to the Garden

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Here is a photo of a male Pied Triller photographed few years ago during my early days in DSLR photography. I visited a birder's garden to shoot a Asian Brown Flycatcher but this resident species caught my attention as it was perching at point blank!
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My Favorite Mini Kingfisher

Monday, October 10, 2011


Here is my favorite kingfisher. A little jewel that lives near small stream in a nearby forest.
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Bird Count in Putrajaya Wetland

During the last garden bird count, I went to my regular site - Putrajaya. Here are some of the birds that I never get tired of watching.


Purple Heron like any other species here are very obliging.


Then a Cattle Egret flew over to a perch near where I was standing allowing me for a few seconds to aim and shoot. After managing to get 3 to 4 shots, the bird flew away.


There were numerous nests of Purple Heron, Grey Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and Painted Stork on the trees. Several juveniles are sighted nearby.


Here is a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron that perched near where the Cattle Egret was perching a while ago.
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Digiscoping a cooperative Rufous-chested Flycatcher

I was browsing through my portable hard disk today and found images and videos of Rufous-chested Flycatcher taken from a nearby forest last year. Here are 2 photos cropped and sharpened for sharing.





I felt really lucky to be able to digiscoped a flycatcher because my success rate in digiscoping a flycatcher has never been high. Most importantly, as a digiscoper, patience is a pre-requisite.
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Cattle Egret Wave in a Paddy Field

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Last weekend, I was back in Melaka with my family. I made a short trip to a nearby paddy field in the late afternoon. No sighting of migratory raptor yet but there was a single Brahminy Kite pestering the Cattle Egrets in the field. This plot at the far end was covered in white. The were almost a hundred of them in that small patch looking for food.



Here is one individual with its snack.



Trying my luck with BIF. Here is a cropped image of the egret in flight.
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Olive-backed Sunbird

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Black-shouldered Kite

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Barred Eagle Owl

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Masked Finfoot

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Birds & Wildlife in Malaysia

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.

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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