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It must be very very windy....

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

I believe it was very very windy yesterday or 2 days ago. Few big trees were uprooted and this shelter was hit by one of the trees. This remind everyone going out birding to be extra careful during undesirable weather conditions.


I was there for a short while. Heard Ferruginous Partridge calling (not from its usual stakeout), Great Hornbill, and Rhinoceros Hornbill. Sightings include Oriental Magpie Robin, White-rumped Shama, Black-crested Bulbul, Blyth's Hawk-eagle and Oriental Honey Buzzard.
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Short trip to Kuala Tahan

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Went to the National Park and its surrounding few days ago. Short trip but a good one though. Surprisingly not many people around.


The surrounding was pretty quiet too. Inside the trail, only met 1 tourist for the entire afternoon. *surprised!* Some of the highlights during the stay around Kuala Tahan include Rhinoceros Hornbill, Green Broadbill, Maroon Woodpecker, Gould's Frogmouth, Buffy Fish Owl, Large-tailed Nightjar, Slow Loris and so on....






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Indoor Birding with Finger Drawing on iPad - Woodpecker Series

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Preparing for June birding trips. To counter stress at this moment, I have to rely on the old faithful iPad2. Here are some drawings of Woodpeckers from yours truly.

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Bird Magnet

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Black-browed Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Blue-eared Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Blue-eared Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Gold-whiskered Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Jambu Fruit Dove (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Sooty Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

Yellow-crowned Barbet (Nikon D7000 + Sigma 500mm f4.5) 

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A Long Lost Friend

Friday, May 12, 2017
Blyth's Hawk-eagle (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

I was greeted by 3 Blyth's Hawk-eagle soaring in the sky late morning while on the way up to the highland. At the end of the day, on the way descending from the birding site, I got this individual perching high up on a dead tree. 

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Fraser's Hill Day Trip 11th May 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Went up to the hill station today with 2 bird watchers. I have guided them to Krau more than 2 years ago. If it is not for the recent heavy rainfall and flood in Krau, we could have revisit the lowland forest again. Anyway, it is still a good trip up to Fraser's Hill. 

Upon reaching the hill station, we had Slaty-backed Forktail. Next, we proceed to look for the most active birding spot (which is good for Trogon). We did heard a Red-headed Trogon calling but unable to get a glimpse of this star bird. Nevertheless, we had good look at the Fire-tufted Barbet, Spectacled Laughingthrush, Black-throated Sunbird, Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Pygmy Wren-babbler (Pgymy Cupwing) and a male White-tailed Robin. At our opportunistic stop, we saw a male Large Niltava and as we were trying to get a clearer view of the Niltava, we stumbled upon a small mixed flock which consists of Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Mountain Fulvetta, Golden Babbler, Mountain Tailorbird, Black-throated Sunbird (again) and Silver-eared Mesia. At the abandoned hotel car park, we had the best view of Fire-tufted Barbet together with Long-tailed Sibia and Spectacled Laughingthrush. It was almost mid-day, bird activity was low so we drove to a regular spot for the Rufous-browed Flycatcher which came out twice in the open area before it was chased away by a Large Niltava. 

After a nice lunch at the Smokehouse, we drove down the New Road and made several stops whenever we heard birds calling. We managed to get fantastic view almost at eye level of the Black-browed Barbet. There were a few Velvet-fronted Nuthatch high up on the big mature trees, a well hidden Hill Blue Flycatcher among the tree ferns, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Rufescent Prinia perched in the open, and 3 Rufous-bellied Swallow resting under shade.     

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Krau Birding 8th May 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017
Grey-bellied Squirrel (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Another regular bird watching guest from Europe revisit Malaysia recently. Our first few highlight species of the day was a few Rufous Woodpecker. They very calling from nearby trees. We traced the call for a few minutes and finely rewarded with good views of the species. Also we have 2 flocks of Long-tailed Parakeet. Then there were Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and Black-thighed Falconet. On the way into the forest, he asked me "will we see hornbills like what we saw while driving up to Fraser's Hill the other day?" (refer to this posting HERE). Immediately, we saw 2 Oriental Pied Hornbill next to the road! 

a female Banded Kingfisher (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)


Oriental Pied Hornbill (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)



Lots of species were seen even before we reach our primary birding stop. Unexpectedly, a female Banded Kingfisher were spotted perching up on a bare branch. excellent view! Black-and-Yellow Broadbill were very very cooperative and even perched on a branch exactly above our head. However, Indian Cuckoo was teasing us. It flew several times across the road but we did not get to see it perching. Some of the notable species that we managed from Krau include Crested Serpent Eagle, Raffles' Malkoha, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Little Green Pigeon, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul, Whiskered Treeswift, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Sooty Barbet, Large Woodshrike, Rufescent Prinia, Hill Myna, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly-breasted Munia, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and many more.

We spent the next few hours in Krau before moving back to KL for a short visit to a local birding patch. 

Back in KL, we saw Gold-whsikered Barbet, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Asian Glossy Starling and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. We also heard the calls of Asian Koel and Drongo Cuckoo.

Dark-necked Tailorbird (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

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Morning Bird Watching - FRIM Kepong

Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Went to FRIM Kepong for a morning bird watching session with Balan and his son. We made several stops which includes a pond, forest trail and an open area. The early morning was really good with lots of birds catching all the insects in the air and feeding on the small fruits on the trees. Nearer to the water, several trees with open branches provided good perching area for birds. We saw Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Pacific Swallow, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Sooty Barbet, Gold-whiskered Barbet, White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Plain Sunbird and Large Woodshrike. Other common birds in FRIM include Striated Heron (Little Heron), Zebra Dove, Black-naped Oriole, Javan Myna, Asian Glossy Starling and Oriental Magpie Robin  

We also had pretty good view of Buff-rumped Woodpecker at eye level just a few feet away from us. However, the Banded Woodpecker is a little high up on the tree. Another highlight for the day is the brilliantly colored Chestnut-breasted Malkoha on the same tree where we saw the Banded Woodpecker. Striped Tit-babbler, a common babbler species which is usually tricky inside the forest was so easy to see - it came near to the low shrubs next to the trail.
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Photo Targets

Sunday, April 30, 2017


A short photo trip for this week with a couple from China. We covered the usual traditional key sites with a few quick stops in between to hit some targets in the list. The following photos show the some of the birds that we managed to locate and photographed for the trip duration.

Mangrove Pitta (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Banded Broadbill ((Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Another view of the Banded Broadbill

a female Banded Kingfisher (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR) 

Ferruginous Babbler (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Hairy-backed Bulbul (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Short-tailed Babbler (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Ferruginous Partridge (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Mountain Peacock Pheasant (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Indian Cuckoo (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Black-and-Yellow Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Blyth's Hawk-eagle (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Diard's Trogon (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

White-bellied Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Other species photographed includes: Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Ashy Tailorbird, Mountain Tailorbird, Red-headed Trogon, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Streaked Wren-babbler, Pygmy Cupwing (Wren-babbler), Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Brown Wood Owl, Mountain Scops Owl, Fire-tufted Barbet, Long-tailed Sibia, Silver-eared Mesia, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Malaysian Partridge, Malayan (Chestnut-crowned) Laughingthrush, Spectacled (Chestnut-capped) Laughingthrush, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, White-tailed Robin, Greater Yellownape, Black-throated Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Ferruginous Babbler, Banded Kingfisher, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Whiskered Treeswift, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Black-thighed Falconet, Diard's Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon and many more. 


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Popular Species for the Week!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
When the sighting of a Jambu Fruit Dove was reported recently, I truly believe not many birders would want to miss this one. After a early morning long walk to the spot, we waited for a few good minutes (Sooty Barbet, Buff-vented Bulbul and Red-eyed Bulbul entertained us) and finally got our first look at a Jambu Fruit Dove.


The fruiting tree also attracted Sooty Barbet, Pink-necked Pigeon, Little Green Pigeon, Red-eyed Bulbul, and Buff-vented Bulbul. Among the other birds that were sighted and heard during our short visit include Indian Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Long-tailed Parakeet, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Grey-capped Woodpecker, Common Flameback, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Oriental Magpie Robin, Common Myna, Javan Myna, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Striped Tit-babbler.



Then we proceed to the coastal to hunt for our next target. Instead of nailing our target, we managed to bagged the following species: Red-wattled Lapwing, Blue-throated Bee-eater, Osprey, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Brahminy Kite, Black-winged Kite, Plain-throated Sunbird, Copper-throated Sunbird, Paddyfield Pipit, Brown Shrike, Collared Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Adjutant, and Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker.
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Weekend Outing for Birds of Fraser's Hill

Monday, April 17, 2017

"We had an enjoyable 3-day bird watching trip with WengChun at Fraser's Hill. We flew into Kuala Lumpur, and the pick up by WengChun was smooth. With WengChun's expert guiding (plus some luck!); we had the opportunity to have some pretty nice viewing of the Long Tailed Broadbills & the Silver-Breasted Broadbills. And surely had a good amount of time viewing the Red Headed Trogon on a misty morning. There were many other birds during the short trip; yet the three mentioned above were our favorites for our trip this time. Certainly the cool weather up at the hill was very refreshing too. Overall, we both appreciate WengChun's expertise and flexibility to make our trip so enjoyable including a stop to have Musang King durian! Well worth our flight from Hong Kong despite a very short trip. Thanks WengChun." - Carmen & Ken, HK

Carmen and Ken have been planning for this trip few months ago. Both have experience birding in Borneo and Thailand, but this is their first time birding in Fraser's Hill (Peninsular Malaysia). Carmen prefers to have good look at the birds while Ken spent a little more time to observe and capture the moments through his camera. During our stay up in the hill station, we managed to see some of the interesting species including star birds such as Red-headed Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Chestnut-capped (Spectacled) Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Green Magpie, White-throated Fantail, Mountain Fulvetta, Sultan Tit, Fire-tufted Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Javan (Large) Cuckooshrike, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Lesser Yellownape, Grey-throated Babbler, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow-crowned Warbler, Mountain Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul and many more.

It was a weekend trip and we met several photographers targeting the Red-headed Trogon in a misty morning in Fraser's Hill. 

Ken is also targeting the trogon just like anyone else

Fire-tufted Barbet - very vocal and we saw a few of this species 

Little Cuckoo Dove. Not easy to spot this bird in the forested area.

Chestnut-crowned Warbler came close to us during our morning walk

On our back to KL, we stopped by for a Durian break. I didn't expect Carmen and Ken enjoy eating the local Durian. No other choice of Durian, the only one available is Musang King.








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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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