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Bill was up in the highland

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Hello Bill! This is the 2nd time in 1 week at 2 different location. Just lucky enough that it went up high on the tree otherwise I will not be able to get a clear shot of it. Ok. it's a him. Look at the red eye. If Bill is a she, then it will have a white eye. :D
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Red Junglefowl at the Heronry - what else?

Seeing a Red Junglefowl is not easy these days. Usually I get to hear them in more natural surrounding and if luckier, a distant view of it. But I was really fortunate to get a junglefowl in the heronry. I was stunned for a while when it crossed the path in front of me. I can only hope it will come closer. My prayer was answered. It did came closer until it finally realized I was in front of him. And so it turned back and went into the bush. Ok...there was a previous case when I spotted it at the coastal with a birding friend. It just perched next to the car.

The following photos were taken from the heronry - Grey Heron, Little Egret, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker and Oriental Magpie Robin.

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Asian Openbill - Will it Grow Up here in the Heronry?

The above photo was shot last year in the heronry. The highest number I have counted then was 6 birds. The openbill invasion started early last year when dozens or even hundred were spotted further up north and also in Melaka.
Above photo shows a flock flying in the sky of Melaka. Then, I was revisiting the heronry last week hoping to test the Sigma 500mm f4.5 telephoto lens with the Nikon D7000 on the herons and egrets. To my surprise, the openbill just flew infront of me. Here are 3 shots of the openbill.
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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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