Bird Magnet: Macaranga gigantea

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Mahang tree (Macaranga gigantea) is really a good magnet and proved to be a good spot to shoot bird at least for the 2 hours (2-4pm) when i was there. This tree in the garden is situated not too far from my home.

Park my car next to the tree and waited. One species after another. A flock of purple-backed starling started the fruit feast, then they flew away after a flock of myna came over. Then, the starling came back again. During the quiet period, a few yellow-vented bulbuls and a lone pied triller took their turns to taste the fruits. That's not over yet, the starling came back again. Next, came the Oriental White-eye. A few Olive-backed Sunbird and Scarlet-backed Sunbird were in the vicinity and perched on a rubber tree behind. Did not see them joining the 'banquet' though. 4 Ashy Minivet were there too but only perched on the bare branches and flew away a few minutes later.

Purple-backed Starling

Javan Myna

Pied Triller

Oriental White-eye

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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.

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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 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.


I use a spotting scope from Omicron for my bird guiding trips and digiscoping. You can get more information from their website at 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

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