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Birding on first day of 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Today I went birding with my last guest for year 2016 and so, this makes him my first guest of the year. We were already up in the highland even before sunrise on the first day of 2017! However, we were greeted by the wind and rain upon our arrival. Not giving up so easily, we waited for the visibility to improve to allow us to get our first birds for the new year. Moths were plenty and soon, the feast begins. Our first (few) birds were a pair of Mugimaki Flycatcher, Mountain Leaf Warbler, Oriental Magpie Robin, Long-tailed Sibia, Grey Wagtail, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Mountain Bulbul, Malayan Laughingthrush, Spectacled Laughingthrush, Streaked Wren-babbler, and Rufous-winged Fulvetta. 

As we moved down to lower altitude, there was an incredible "bird wave" which consist of Blue Nuthatch, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Blyth's Shrike-babbler, Spectacled Laughingthrush, Sooty Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, White-throated Fantail, and also Black Laughingthrush (which concluded our Laughingthrushes without much serious effort). Before we depart from the site, I heard a Banded Kingfisher but unfortunately, it did not show itself. 

Down in the lowland, we targeted for Rufous-backed Kingfisher and we managed to secure the target which was well hidden. In this forest, we also found Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Ferruginous Flycatcher,  Dark-sided Flycatcher, Green-backed Flycatcher, Checker-throated Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Buff-rumped Woodpecker and so on....

We tried to look for the Malayan Night Heron which I saw with in my previous trip but no show. Anyway, it was a good start for the year.  

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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 nature2pixel@gmail.com 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.

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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