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Herons Coming Home

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I've always enjoy observing the herons actively flying in and out from the heronry. This is one of the best place to observe their behavior - feeding and nesting.









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Birds of Bukit Tinggi February 2012



I was all alone at this popular stake out in the morning. The usually ones came out to greet me and put up some good shows by posing at various perch. These photographs are taken with a Nikon J1 + FT1 adapter + Nikon 300mm f4.





Other birds sighted include Striped Tit Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Ochraceous Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Glossy Swiftlet, Pacific Swallow, Hill Blue Flycatcher and many more.
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Oriental Magpie Robin Feeding

Monday, February 20, 2012
Again this morning, I dropped by at Lake Garden thinking of doing some shooting for my work. Unfortunately, this doesn't work out. Then a pair of Oriental Magpie Robin appeared in front of me and as I stand and watch, I noticed that this pair always carry food while perching. Then, I observed where they are heading and finally noticed a nest nearby. As usual, they nest at ....(secret).... of the tree.

Photos taken with Nikon J1 + 1.4x TC + Nikon 300mm f4.





Here is a plaintain squirrel feeding nearby...

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Unplanned Field Test with Nikon J1 + 1.4x TC + Nikon 300mm f4

Yesterday evening I had to rush to Lake Garden to take some photographs for my work, unfortunately when I arrived ..... heaven opens....so, had to take shelter at the boat house. When the rain stopped, I noticed a flock of Javan Myna feeding on the ground. Then 2 Chinese Pond Heron was spotted with the flock. After a while, 2 Purple-backed Starling decided to join the party. The last bird seen on the field was 1 White-vented Myna. It even caught a small centipede.

With this flock, I had the opportunity to try out my Nikon J1 + 1.4x TC + Nikon 300mm f4.







Here are 2 photos of White-vented Myna which I managed to shoot few hours earlier.



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Buffy Fish Owl

Thursday, February 16, 2012




Take a look at this owl. It is called Buffy Fish Owl. It seems that the owl is pretty a common sight in one of the local wetland here in Malaysia. The photo was taken very early in the morning.
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Another J1 test





Been busy guiding for the past few weeks. Finally had the opportunity to take the J1 for another field test again. But no easy target until I reach my work place where I spotted 2 White-vented Myna with a Brown Shrike during a hot afternoon.
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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. 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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