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Casual Birding in Taman Tasik Permaisuri

Saturday, December 31, 2016


While waiting for a friend to reply my call, I went over to a nearby park. Surprisingly there are many local folks enjoy a morning walk in this park. Unfortunately, I did not spend enough time to check what other birds can be found here apart from the Oriental Magpie Robin, Common Myna, Javan Myna, Common Iora, House Crow, and Eurasian Tree Sparrow.

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Birding in Mangrove, Highland and Paddyfield


It was a second birding trip to Peninsular Malaysia. We had done a trip together last year but the itinerary had to be adjusted due to the air condition back then. This time we went to the mangrove and secure our sightings for the Mangrove Whistler but no luck with Mangrove Blue Flycatcher. We even cover areas in southern part of Peninsular Malaysia. Some of the memorable / highlight species during our trip include Cinereous Tit, Sultan Tit, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Black-capped Kingfisher, Common Kingfisher, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker, Buffy Fish Owl, Spotted Wood Owl, Ruff, Lesser Whistling Duck (lost count of the number), Large-tailed Nightjar, Grey Nightjar, Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Blue Nuthatch, White-tailed Robin, Crested Goshawk, Dusky Broadbill and so much more.


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Misty and Raining in Fraser's Hill

Monday, November 28, 2016
Red-headed Trogon was heard at several stops throughout the trip however we managed to locate 3 birds before sunset. This photograph was taken with Nikon V1 + Sigma 500mm f4.5

A casual trip with a regular guest to Fraser's Hill with no particular target species in mind. For almost the entire period up in the hill station, the weather was unfortunately not birding-friendly. Only 1 morning walk provided good clear weather. And that was rather a good session with lots of bird waves and I believe my guest had a lifer with good views of Bay Woodpecker (this species was calling at almost all the places we went to).  On a late afternoon we had excellent view of a pair of Red-headed Trogon.





The species sighted for this trip include the following (but not limited to...)
Silver-eared Mesia
Mountain Fulvetta
Large Niltava
Black-browed Barbet
Fire-tufted Barbet
Black-and-Crimson Oriole
Red-headed Trogon
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush (Spectacled Laughingthrush)
Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush (Malayan Laughingthrush)
White-browed Shrike-babbler (Blyth's Shrike-babbler)
Orange-bellied Leafbird
Streaked Spiderhunter
Black-throated Sunbird
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Buff-bellied Flowerpecker)
Blue-winged Minla
Little Pied Flycatcher
Rufous-browed Flycatcher
Lesser Shortwing
Streaked Wren Babbler
Buff-breasted Babbler
Bay Woodpecker
Greater Yellownape
Lesser Yellownape
Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo
Sultan Tit
Blue Nuthatch
Grey-chinned Minivet

Streaked Wren-babbler unexpectedly appear next to me while I was waiting for bird wave. This photograph was taken with Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5

Large Niltava is one of the most cooperative bird and commonly seen perching on wires by the roadside. Usually there should be a female nearby too but somehow could not get a view of his partner. Photo taken with Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5

This Little Pied Flycatcher was showing the typical flycatcher behavior - flying out and back to the same perch and that was how I managed to spot this small sized bird high up. Photo taken with Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5

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Putrajaya Surprises!

Sunday, June 19, 2016
I have never expect Putrajaya will attract attention from bird watchers and photographers until the report of 3 not-so-commonly sighted and photographed species spread. I have managed to see all the 3 species which include Ruddy-breasted Crake, Barred Buttonquail and Slaty-breasted Rail.

Ruddy-breasted Crake (adult)

Ruddy-breasted Crake (chick)

While waiting for the Crake, Rail and Buttonquail, there were several Yellow-vented Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul, Common Iora, Black-naped Oriole, Oriental Magpie Robin, Paddyfield Pipit, Common Myna, Javan Myna Blue-throated Bee-eater, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Common Flameback and Rufous Woodpecker.

Rufous Woodpecker

Common Myna






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Painted Stork in Kajang since 2009

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Painted Storks have landed in Kajang for a long time now. I have so far spotted them at a stream near Sg Ramal / Sg Chua and Sg Kantan Area (Giant is the landmark area). Here are some of my photographic records.

21.08.2009 - around 7 to 8 birds perching up on the Giant signboard 

21.08.2009 - a close-up view of the birds through the spotting scope

21.08.2009 - the same flock landed on a nearby water retention pond





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The Birds in Bangi Selangor

Sunday, May 8, 2016
Seriously? What could a birder possibly see in Bangi? Well, personally I have explored a few spots around Bangi and the found my favorite. This place is called Taman Tasik Cempaka. Pretty decent looking park while the water body is a little bit untidy with lots of dead branches, rubbish and sedimentation. However, it actually provide some interesting sighting which I could not get from Putrajaya Wetland.

One of my favorite shot from the past. A Great Egret waiting for its prey as I sit and observed.








Sometimes few individual birds to few dozens of Painted Stork flying above the water body.












Another personal favorite shot of mine from Bangi.

Almost a dozen of Painted Stork hunting together in Taman Tasik Cempaka.





* Now I am sharing these old photographs dated slightly more than 10 years (from the date I am writing this post) just to get people especially those staying in Bangi Selangor to look and appreciate nature, even if it is just a small park. Believe me, you do not need to wonder far away from home to appreciate birds. I am not denying that there are many more different species that one will see if he or she go further out - into the forest, up to the mountains, on a boat ride... yes, birding is an exciting adventure that encourage travelling to various countries and to experience new environment and culture. 

 
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Painted Stork: Records from the Past for Putrajaya Wetland

Recently I paid a visit to one of my old "backyard" - Putrajaya Heronry. As I was walking to the garden next to the heronry, I saw someone with few gadgets aiming at the heronry. At first I thought he could be employed by the authority to monitor the bird population here. After a short chat with the gentleman, I got to know that he is actually doing his PhD (UKM) studying the Painted Stork and he also told me he lost most of his equipment a week before. .

Since he is so interested to know more about Painted Stork in Putrajaya, I would like to shared with him my personal record which include the amateurish photographs I took with a Nikon D70 and Sigma APO 170-500mm lens and my digiscoping gears. (Now I am using a Nikon D7000 and a Sigma 500mm f4.5 - view my photo gallery at http://sigma500mmf45.blogspot.com).

1st July 2004 - 4 birds wading in the wetland with Purple (Black-backed) Swamphen 



1st July 2004 - observe how the stork wading in the wetland cell while hunting for food


They might have successfully trapped the prey at the base of the Lepironia


And after a long observation of the Painted Stork in Putrajaya, eventually, I managed to record them nesting at the heronry. The following photos seems to show that the nesting started in 2009 but if I can remember well, it should be earlier than this. But let us assume it started in 2009 until I can find any other photos showing earlier nesting.

11.07.2009 - So far, this is my earliest record of hatchings in Putrajaya Heronry


11.07.2009 - Parents guarding the nest and tending to the hatchlings

11.07.2009 - Purple Heron and Grey Heron nests are also recorded nearby

11.07.2009 - Strange plumage

25.07.2009 - Comparison between Painted Stork and Purple Heron

Both Grey Heron and Purple Heron are nesting on the same island at the same time with Painted Stork



25.07.2009 - a closeup view of the nestling



23.08.2009 - Incubation period

23.08.2009 - there is a young bird nearby

23.08.2009 - under the nests, there are numerous birds on the island ground


09.09.2009 - Size comparison between parent and their young ones


09.09.2009 - a bit of stretching before learning to fly


09.09.2009 - 2 young birds from a different nest seen next to another nest with adult bird

Maybe some would think that bird breeding season is for a short period in a year. But here in Putrajaya Heronry, the breeding is almost throughout the year.

26.04.2010 - not entirely sure if they are showing affection to each other. 

26.04.2010 - the above photos show a pair of Grey Heron in action while Purple Heron is busy gathering nesting materials






* This heronry was started with a dozen of Black-crowned Night Heron, thanks to a tip-off from a good friend working for the same authority of the federal administrative center. 

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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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