Last Birding before India

Sunday, October 22, 2017
It has been an awesome birding with Thomas for the past few months, almost 1 year. For a final trip, we went up to Fraser's Hill to tick a few more species which eluded us previously. Some of our primary targets for this trip were Collared Owlet, Malaysian Partridge, White-tailed Robin, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Slaty-backed Forktail, and Blue-winged Minla.

Upon arrival at the hill station, we tried to get 2 species - Slaty-backed Forktail and Malaysian Partridge. It was the Collared Owlet that greeted us! After a long wait, we could not get any sign of the forktail and partridge. Almost 2 hours later, I was trying to convince Thomas we should get going so that we can try other species. At that very moment, the 1 adult partridge appears, followed by a few other adults. Slowly, 4 chicks came out to show themselves too. The joy of birding! Satisfaction beyond words...

While waiting for 2 hours, we were entertained by several Spectacled Laughingthrush, Blue-winged Minla, Golden Babbler, Streaked Spiderhunter, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Mountain Tailorbird, White-throated Fantail, and not forgetting lots of Blue Nuthatch.

Next, we went to look for the forktail again. While approaching the stakeout, we heard it calling! Both of us got so excited! I told Thomas to get out from the car quickly...unfortunately, it flew away before we could detect where it was calling from. We drove away from the stakeout - disappointed without getting a glimpse of Slaty-backed Forktail. Further up, we heard another bird! YES! we nailed the forktail this time....good view of it too.

We continued to our next target, White-tailed Robin. No sign of it, so we moved to the next one - Silver-breasted Broadbill. Upon arriving at location, we walked for almost 30 minutes before hear 1 calling from afar. No luck of getting the bird unfortunately. We left the area and took a lunch break. In the afternoon, we try again for the White-tailed Robin...this time we heard it calling from down the slope. It sounded quite far but after less than 10 seconds, the bird perched right in front of us - almost mistaken it for a Niltava.

Along the Telekom Loop, we did not find anything interesting except a Black-thighed Falconet and a family of White-thighed Surili. While up in the hill station, we pay a visit to the Pygmy Cupwing, Grey-throated Babbler, Large Niltava and Rufous-browed Flycatcher. While on the way back to Kuala Lumpur, we nailed 1 more species. Thomas was walking along the road, while I drove the car further ahead. Once I stopped the car, I heard the bird calling! "Thomas!!! Come quickly!!! Dusky Broadbill!!!" I shouted to Thomas. :D Both of us had great view of the bird and that's a wrap...

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Hornbills Unexpected! 8-15 October 2017

"Thank you, Weng Chun for your hospitality and great birding! We truly enjoyed the benefits of your years of hard work. Most of all, your passion for the birds and your excitement when showing them to us made the trip! Every bird, and particularly, every Hornbill never gets old for you." - John, USA

We started the trip from Kuala Lumpur early in the morning, and our first birding stop was Kuala Selangor Nature Park. A good start but weather was a bit hard on us (as usual). Time really flies when you are birding in this park - we spent about 3-4 hours here and by the time we reach the car park, all of us were exhausted. Some of the highlights include white morph Asian (Amur) Paradise Flycatcher - good spotting John!, Cinereous Tit, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Plain-throated Sunbird, Mangrove Whistler, Brahminy Kite, Ashy Tailorbird, Olive-winged Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia. The rest of the day, we spent time checking the surrounding habitats which we managed to add Whiskered Tern, White-winged Tern, Black-shouldered Kite, Cinnamon Bittern, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Laced Woodpecker, Common Flameback, Sunda Woodpecker and many more. In the evening, we had a Buffy Fish Owl flying away from its perch. Dipped on 2 other targets.

On Day 2, we started going out early in the morning hoping to find the owl again. We only managed a Barn Owl and Large-tailed Nightjar. After a short birding in the vicinity, we headed towards the highland. Upon reaching the hill station, we wasted no time and went to check on the partridge. Almost giving up, but then, I heard it calling and after a short moment, I spotted 1 coming out from the bush. Quietly I signalled to John and Kathy to sit still and wait. Shortly after that, it came to the open ground, not 1 not 2 but a family of Malaysian Partridge! with 4 chicks....What else did we managed to get today? Let's see, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Whiskered Treeswift, Red-wattled Lapwing, Rufous-bellied Swallow, House Swift, Plaintive Cuckoo, Gray Wagtail, Common Green Magpie, White-throated Fantail, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Malayan Laughingthrush, and many more.

Up in the hill station, weather was not too bad. Much cooler than Kuala Selangor. We stayed here for 3 nights. Lovely birding in which we managed to get Red-headed Trogon, Orange-breasted Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill (quite a big flock), Sultan Tit, Pygmy Cupwing, Large Niltava, White-tailed Robin, Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Hornbill, lots of migrating Oriental Honey Buzzard, and many more.

Along the journey into Taman Negara, (as usual and fortunately I have Adam as driver) I always keep an eye on the trees, it was drizzling but I was still hoping miracle to happen and it did! "Hornbills!!!" I shouted and quickly Adam tried to find a safe spot to stop the vehicle. I was not sure which species initially until I had my binocular on the bird as it was moving from 1 tree to another. No doubt about the id when i saw the unusual long tail. Helmeted!!! I told John. Adam quickly pull out the spotting scope and tripod while John and myself struggle to take a photo of the hornbill. Camera lenses and scope all fogged up! AAARRGGHHH!!!! We tried out best to wipe the optics and thankfully the hornbill stayed long enough for us to get a view of them and eventually it flew nearer (John got shots of the hornbills in flight, well done!).

The next morning, we were the first people to be out in the trail (ok, boardwalk). Actually we had to delay our predawn walk slightly due to rain.We were trying hard for nocturnal species. Still no luck. A Sunda Scops Owl was calling from the same spot as the day before. Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient time to hunt for the owl. Need to get to the jetty and take our boat ride. The water level was really high compare to yesterday. After the boat ride, we had a quick breakfast before we go back into the forest. A quiet walk for almost 1 hour walk and suddenly we found a male Banded Kingfisher not too far from the boardwalk. All of us managed to get very good look at the bird. Stop by mid-day for lunch and rest. Later in the afternoon, we were out in the forest again to look for more birds. Strange, it was really quiet. But John managed to find a female Malayan Peacock Pheasant and the bird gave a really good view for all of us! Not much activity from the observation hide today.

Our final morning in Taman Negara, we went out for an early morning walk but without Kathy. Not much of activity. A Sunda Scops Owl was calling not too far away from us, and we decided to trace the call. VoilĂ !!! Nail it at almost point blank. After breakfast, we hit the trail again for 1 last look. Another good bird to add into our trip list - White-crowned Forktail.

After lunch, we check-out from Taman Negara and head towards Bukit Tinggi. Of course, there is a stop in between. At this stop, we found Hairy-backed Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, White-rumped Shama. Scarlet-rumped Trogon (male), a family of Black Hornbill, and a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill. 

Our final morning, with 2 final targets in Bukit Tinggi. We nailed the Mountain Peacock Pheasant but dipped on Ferruginous Partridge. Still a very good day today .... as we were walking back to the car, we added Orange-breasted Trogon and Siberian Blue Robin. That was not the final species for the trip, we made a trip to a "smelly" spot and end the trip with a Blue-eared Kingfisher. 

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Photo hunt 24 hours without sleep

Been out in the field for more than 24 hours without sleep with specific targets in mind. In the end, I managed to get a decent photo for record of the elusive and much sought after bird - Malaysian Rail Babbler.

Gould's Frogmouth (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Rail-babbler (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm)

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Highland, Mangrove and Lowland Forest - August 2017

"In August 2017, I had an opportunity to do some bird photography in KL, Malaysia. On searching the web, I located Cheong Weng Chun as one of the most recommended guide. When I contacted Weng to help me organize my trip, he responded promptly and courteously. Since I had only three days in KL, I had relied fully on Weng’s guidance to get the maximum of my short stay. He arranged all the transportation, hotels, meals, etc to my entire satisfaction. I must say that Weng provided excellent service not only as a birding guide, but also as a fellow photographer and a great companion over the three days. His knowledge of birds, their locations, and timing were exactly what I was looking for which enabled me to photograph over 55 species in three days, including several lifers for me. I recommend Weng most highly as a great birding guide." - Khandan, USA

We 1 lowland forest, 1 highland forest and 1 mangrove forest in a short period. There are selected targets we need to get - this is mainly a photography trip.

Greater Yellownape (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Grey-throated Babbler (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Lesser Shortwing (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm)

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Mangrove and Lowland Forest August 2017

It's been a while since myself and Thomas go out "hunting" for birds. So we decided to revisit the same sites which we had visited in the past to look for the birds that we missed out. In the morning, we were in the mangrove looking for Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Mangrove Whistler and Cinereous Tit while in the afternoon we were already in Ulu Langat.

Black-and-Yellow Broadbill is the most commonly encountered birds during our trips.

Violet Cuckoo. Got an update from a fellow birders, so we quickly make a dash to the site.
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Krau-Fraser's Hill 25-26th September 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Edwin and wife have been to Malaysia a few times for birding but limited to mangrove and lowland forest, so this is their first time to go up to the highlands. Before we go up to Fraser's Hill, there are specific targets to hit in Krau. And sadly, no Rail-babbler - not even a sound! A flying Red-bearded Bee-eater and great views of Green Broadbill in the morning. We arrived at the hill station and (almost) instantly rewarded with a family of Malaysian Partridge. We end our trip with a visit to the coastal mangrove for owls found a Sunda Scops Owl as well Large-tailed Nightjar. Other highlights during this short 2 days 1 night trip include (but not limited to) male & female Banded Kingfisher, Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-headed Trogon, juvenile Blyth's Hawk-eagle, a pair of Rhinoceros Hornbill, Pygmy Cupwing, Large Niltava, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Silver-eared Mesia, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, and so much more!

Almost instantly!

Birding in hill station

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Krau-Fraser's Hill 22-24th September 2017

Went birding with South African guests in Krau and the premier site, Fraser's Hill. It was pretty humid and slow birding in Krau when we were there, so we cut short of birding (only limited to 2-3 hours morning birding). We did pretty well with various species of woodpeckers at 1 spot (within a few minutes) - Banded, Crimson-winged, Checker-throated, Buff-rumped, and Maroon, then not too far away Buff-necked. Up in the highlands we nailed 2 more species - Bay and Greater Yellownape. The guests were shocked and so am I! Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, and Black-and-Red Broadbill gave us superb views too. 

When we were up in the hill station, we make our visit to the partridge ground. It was quiet, and we thought nothing will show up so we walked away as we got distracted by other birds but when we turned around Malaysian Partridge showed up and it showed up well for us!!! 

Other highlights from this trip was fantastic view of Green Magpie, Collared Owlet, Red-headed Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill, Fire-tufted Barbet, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, and many more.

Something distracted us for a while

Siamang high up in the tree

Red-headed Trogon right next to the car

Tried our luck at the waterfall - too crowded and a bunch of motorcyclist went into the path (no respect for nature!)

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Taman Negara targets

This is Thomas first trip to Taman Negara. We have a few targets in mind. It was experience of birding in one of the world's oldest rainforest that counts. something different from birding in the open area or roadside birding. Physical involvement, one need to be fit, able to walk for few hours under humid condition, up and down staircase as well as sitting in a small boat cruising the river for 2-3 hours birding. Not all birds are easy to see, some will be skulking behind bushes, hopping high up in the trees, they can be calling nearby but not always easily visible - if you are just 1 degree off the viewing angle, you will not see the bird! On the way back to KL, we stopped by at Krau and nailed one more target while the elusive Rail-babbler remain a target in the list.

However, I must admit we just pretty good this trip -  Diard's Trogon, Red-naped Trogon, Blyth's Frogmouth, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Crested Fireback, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Green Broadbill, Banded Kingfisher, Rhinoceros Hornbill, White-crowned Hornbill, Wrinkled Hornbill, and many more!

Diard's Trogon in full view!

It rained in the evening (Day 2)

Heard the call of Scimitar-babbler. It was high up and still good enough for viewing and taking photograph.

On our last morning in Taman Negara, boat ride to enjoy the view of big trees along the river.

Wow! the water level is high today. the parking area near the floating restaurant is submerged!

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3 Days in Fraser's Hill with a pro-ecotourism

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A pleasant birding trip to Fraser's Hill. We have covered the hill station, old road, new road and the Gap. Our birding starts after we finished breakfast in KKB, as soon as the sun rises, we managed to get the species in open area including 3 species of cuckoos - Plaintive, Banded Bay and Little Bronze in less than 30 minutes which David was so amazed!

It was not David's first visit to Fraser's Hill. But he would like to see the species he had seen before as well as some of the species that he missed previously. Well, he did get what he wanted .... forktail, nuthatch, shortwing, flycatcher, partridge, magpie, cuckooshrike, and many more.

We ended the trip with 2 Whiskered Treeswift!
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Hulu Langat Birding August 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Crested Serpent Eagle & Black Hornbill

Black-and-Red Broadbill 
 Crimson-winged Woodpecker

Drongo Cuckoo

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Recee Fraser's Hill and Melaka July 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
For the past 3 days, I was travelling with Noel covering Fraser's Hill and Melaka. From the airport, we drove up to the hill station with a short birding stop between KLIA and Fraser's Hill. As soon as we arrived at the hill station, we went around the birding spots to see as much as we can. Back in the hotel lobby after dinner, we met Derrick Wilby, a serious twitcher from South Africa. We chatted for a while before getting our rest and prepare for tomorrow. The next day, at the hotel lobby we saw Derrick still awake and busy uploading his photos onto facebook (this guy is serious). Anyway, we started with a pre-dawn birding to get specific targets and continue until check out from the hotel in the afternoon. We drove south to Melaka. It was indeed a very long journey. We stopped at a small heronry and (what used to be a) small mangrove patch before the end of the day. On our final day of the trip, we checked the paddy field and saw Lesser Adjutant Stork, Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Swamphen Eurasian Moorhen,  Cinnamon Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Baya Weaver, Stork-billed Kingfisher, etc. After completing our round in the paddy field, Noel went around the town's touristic spots and soon after that, we were on our way back to KL.

Noel checking out the Bottlebrush tree in Fraser's Hill.

Morning birding in Fraser's Hill

Coming down via New Road

A small heronry in Melaka

What used to be a small area filled with mangrove trees is now flat and barren land, perhaps ready for development.

Melaka paddy field in a rainy morning

On the way back to KL, stopped by a small patch of forest in Melaka. I used to come here for Pitta and Broadbill.
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August Day Trips

I want to express my sincere thanks and admiration for your devotion, energy, time and expertise over the past three days. It has been a wonderful time for me. I am sorry if at times I may have seemed less that appreciative, thanks to my mobility issues. But you compensated for that very well. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. You have helped me fulfill some of my most long-held wishes with the Broadbill, Woodpecker, Hornbill and Cupwing sightings. Without you, I would have seen very few of them. Thank-you again. I would love to see you in Australia some day! If that is possible, you will be most welcome. - Colin, Australia

Day 1: Bukit Rengit & Kuala Lumpur 
We started the day with a early morning drive to Bukit Rengit and spent some time (roughly 1.5 hours) observing the birds in open areas. Then we moved into the stakeout for other species and the prime target is a Rail Babbler but it never appear and did not even make a single call. Fortunately, we did not stay long. It rained in the late afternoon so we drove back to KL where I showed Colin a small local birding patch. The highlight for today is Red-bearded Bee-eater (which we saw in both sites), a family of Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Banded Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Common Flameback, Black-capped Babbler, Ferruginous Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill (feeding a young Indian Cuckoo), Painted Stork, and many more.

At the stakeout with bird photographers (all eyeing the Rail-babbler that did not even show up. sigh...well, that's birding. you can't never expect everything to appear. there is no 100% or guarantee birds. Not even the most common birds.

Coming back to KL, we tried to look for more target species.

Day 2: Fraser's Hill
An early morning drive up to the highland, Fraser's Hill with a brief stop at the Gap. We continued birding at the hill station before coming back to KL in the late afternoon. Well, we also made a brief stop at another site between Fraser's Hill and KL. Let's see what we have... Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Pygmy Cupwing (Pygmy Wren-babbler), Lesser Shortwing, Large Niltava, Silver-eared Mesia, Fire-tufted Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Long-tailed Sibia, Collared Owlet, Buff-breasted Babbler, Little Cuckoo-dove, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Greater Yellownape, Bamboo Woodpecker, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Red-wattled Lapwing, Blue-throated Bee-eater, and others.

We spent some time at the Gap before coming to this spot. I realized there was (or were) bird photographer(s) earlier in the morning. The evidence is obvious. :D We still get the enjoy the birds with great views!

Rufous-browed Flycatcher never fail to impress bird watchers and photographers.

Day 3: Hulu Langat
Our last day trip, we went to the nearby forest in the morning and in the afternoon to an open wetland. Although we did not get as many birds as we had for the past 2 days yet we managed to get to see some of the better species in Colin's target list. I would say our highlights for the day are Banded Broadbill, Green Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, and White-chested Babbler.

Ok. great! Colin got his target bird....

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Someone got a Lifer

Sunday, July 16, 2017
It is always good to meet Ding Li again and go birding with him. After a good quick breakfast, we made our way to the stakeout up in the highland. We arrived a little late but lucky to spot our target for the trip.

This is our target! Ferruginous Partridge

Someone got a lifer from the trail head. OK. done, let's go, bro! Not quite, we continued to wait at the stakeout - hoping to get another better view. No luck. only managed to get the Mountain Peacock Pheasant.

Next we drove to a lowland forest and reconnected with a species we saw together in Taman Negara many years ago.

Large Wren-babbler

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Quick and Short Trip to Fraser's Hill

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Guided my first guest from a country known for salmon. Initially, I proposed a lowland forest nearby KL but he have heard so much about Fraser's Hill so I can't deny his request for a trip up to the hill station. On the way up, there are many birds calling but it would be hard to get decent photos without proper light. At our first stop, we had one of the star bird, a female Red-headed Trogon. We did not encounter any bird wave so we only concentrate on selected spots for specific species. No one should leave Fraser's Hill without a Silver-eared Mesia and a Streaked Spiderhunter. We tried and we got it. Another bird that many birders would love to see is the little cutie, Pygmy Cupwing. However, today it was not very cooperative. It took a long time before it eventually show itself well for both of us. Well, nothing is guarantee in birding. Just have to be patience.

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Slow-paced but still Great Birding

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Lesley and John busy with a bird on the wire

John and Lesley were greeted by Adam in the morning. Their morning target are Mountain Peacock Pheasant and Ferruginous Partridge, however only managed to see the former species. In the afternoon I met them in Krau forest with my 3 guests. We had a short birding session as the weather and lighting were not ideal. Along the road, we managed to get Black-bellied Malkoha, White-rumped Shama, Buff-vented Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Black-naped Oriole and White-breasted Waterhen. After bidding farewell to the 3 guests, Adam sent them to Kuala Selangor while I took John and Lesley back to Bukit Tinggi where we had great view of a Great Hornbill flying towards us, a very obliging Dark-necked Tailorbird, Striped Tit-babbler, and Fire-breasted Flowerpecker.

In the morning, we birded in Krau forest again. Our highlights for the morning include Black-thighed Falconet, White-breasted Waterhen, Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black-capped Babbler, Black-throated Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Red-billed Malkoha, Whiskered Treeswift, Lesser Green Leafbird, Rufescent Prinia, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill and others. In the afternoon, we continue our journey to Taman Negara. It was already late in the afternoon when we reached Kuala Tahan and by the time we checked into our rooms, we have very limited time so we head towards the nearest hide. After dinner, we hit the trail (boardwalk) and spotted our first scops owl.

Day no.3, we took a boat ride and saw very interesting birds which some of them we did not see again for the rest of the trip. After breakfast, we walk along the trail until mid-day and managed to get our first 2 species of trogon for the trip. After an afternoon rest, we continue our walk and a stop at the hide. Our highlights for the day include Blue-banded Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Lesser Fish Eagle, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Black-thighed Falconet, Crested Serpent Eagle, Large Green Pigeon, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Drongo Cuckoo, Silver-rumped Needletail, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Slaty Woodpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Checker-throated Woodpecker, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Dark-throated Oriole, Black-naped Monarch, Crested Jay, Straw-headed Bulbul, White-chested Babbler, Abbott's Babbler, Moustached Babbler, Scaly-crowned Babbler, Horsfield's Babbler, Sooty-capped Babbler, Chestnut-winged Babbler, Plain Sunbird, Sooty Barbet, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Emerald Dove, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Crested Fireback and others.

On the fourth day, we spent all our time focusing along the trails and hide, which we managed to ticked more species - Great Argus, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Plaintive Cuckoo, Raffle's Malkoha, Orange-backed Woodpecker, Banded Pitta, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Rufous-winged Philentoma, Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Thick-billed Pigeon.

Lesley heard some interesting calls along the trail 

Lesley taking notes of what she saw

Our last day in Taman Negara, we managed to get very good views of Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and White-bellied Woodpecker. By late afternoon we have arrived in another premier birding site in Peninsular Malaysia, Fraser's Hill. Our highlights for the day include Changeable Hawk-eagle (again), Red-wattled Lapwing, Asian Palm Swift, Buff-necked Woodpecker, White-necked Babbler, Purple-naped Spiderhunter (Sunbird), Oriental Honey Buzzard, Little Cuckoo Dove, Glossy Swiftlet, House Swift, Rufous-bellied Swallow, Grey-rumped Treeswift, Fire-tufted Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Lesser Yellownape, Greater Yellownape, Large Cuckooshrike, Bronzed Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Ochraceous Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Pygmy Cupwing (Wren-babbler), Spectacled Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Blyth's Shrike-babbler, Little Pied Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, and Streaked Spiderhunter.

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

Pygmy Cupwing (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Day 6, we spent our time entirely at the hill station which we rewarded with Blyth's Hawk-eagle, Brown Wood Owl, Red-headed Trogon, Bay Woodpecker, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Sultan Tit, White-throated Fantail, Golden Babbler, Malayan Laughingthrush, Mountain Fulvetta, Slaty-backed Forktail, Malayan Whistling-thrush, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Verditer Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Orange-bellied Leafbird and Black-throated Sunbird.

Brown Wood Owl (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Red-headed Trogon (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Our final day in Fraser's Hill. We had a morning birding along the New Road and Old Road which we ticked off Orange-breasted Trogon, Mountain Scops Owl, Yellow-crowned Barbet, Red-throated Barbet, Banded Broadbill, Cinereous Bulbul, Chestnut-backed Scimitar-babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Black Laughingthrush and Hill Blue Flycatcher. In the afternoon, from Fraser's Hill to Kuala Selangor, our list continues with Baya Weaver, Long-tailed Shrike, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Heron, Grey Heron, Brahminy Kite, Buffy Fish Owl, Germain's Swiftlet, Edible Nest Swiftlet, Collared Kingfisher, Common Flameback, Pied Triller, Yellow-bellied Prinia and Plain-throated Sunbird.

Buffy Fish Owl (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

The last day of the trip with John and Lesley. We walked into the mangrove reserve for our final targets which we did pretty well. We have the following species included into our trip list - Mangrove Whistler, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, Laced Woodpecker and Little Bronze Cuckoo. On the way to the airport, we added Black-shouldered Kite and Painted Stork.

Mangrove Blue Flycatcher (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Overall, I believe we have done pretty well. I am very glad that John and Lesley got quite a good number of species in this trip. Well done John and Lesley!

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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. 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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