Birds of Fraser's Hill (July 2015)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A recent trip to Fraser's Hill has been rewarding for me and my guests. Although throughout the period of our stay was hot (and humid) and dry, the hill station never fail to impress us at all. Just take a look at some of the shots I posted here which include Long-tailed Broadbill (above)  and Red-headed Trogon (below). Both species is regarded as top of the list for visiting birders and photographers. It was a Speckled Piculet that attracted my attention, however I didn't get a single photo of the piculet. Then, I spotted 3 Long-tailed Broadbill nearby and these 3 birds led me to a "hidden" Red-headed Trogon in the tree canopy.

Nearby the spot, fruits were plenty and that attracted several species but the most we saw were Black-browed Barbet and Fire-tufted Barbet. No sign of Golden-throated Barbet that we saw previously. Other species that we encountered during this short trip include (but not limited to):

Black-thighed Falconet

Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker

Large Niltava

Little Cuckoo Dove

Magpie Robin - getting more common these days compared to the time when I first started bird watching.

Orange-bellied Leafbird

This is the initial view of the "hidden" Red-headed Trogon before I managed to get a better view of it.

Streaked Spiderhunter

Western Striped Squirrel - ok. this is not a bird but never leave Fraser's Hill without seeing this little squirrel.

White-tailed Robin

Greater Yellownape - saw this species several times from morning till late afternoon.

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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. 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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