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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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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