Birding in Mangrove, Highland and Paddyfield

Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

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. When I go out to the field, I will usually have my Kowa 10x32 BDXD binocular, iPhone and Kowa TSN-501 spotting scope with me. This is the lightest setup for me as I prefer to go light these days. Although sometimes, I will (and I need to) take out my Nikon 10x42 Monarch binocular, Nikon ED82 spotting scope, Nikon1 V1 setup for specific targets.

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.

Bird Video

I am also interested to take video of birds. Here are some of my favorite videos for your viewing. Video taken with Nikon1 V1 attached to a Sigma 500mm f4.5 and most of the time iPhone SE through the spotting scope. Editing is done on smartphone Power Director for Android device and I also like the iMovie on iPhone. Enjoy.

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