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Fraser's Hill 21st January 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

My wife and I are serious birders and have worked with many guides around the world. We really enjoyed having Weng as our guide in Malaysia. He was willing to pick us up very early from our hotel in Kuala Lumpur so as to maximize our time at Fraser's Hill, and he helped advise us on our travel and hotel accommodations also. He is a very enthusiastic birder and his knowledge of the avifauna of Malaysia is extensive. He Despite having less than optimal weather for our trip, he helped us get a lot of the species we needed. We plan to bird with him again when our travels bring us back to Malaysia, and highy recommend him to anyone interested in finding more birds in this beautiful area.

-Michael and Claire 

Met Mike and his wife very early in the morning in KL and drove up directly to the Gap. Unexpectedly, the weather was pretty dull. The first bird we saw was a Dark-necked Tailorbird followed by several other species. We decided to make our way up to the hill station hoping for better birding, but as I was driving, I heard a familiar call! Stopped the car and asked everyone to get out immediately. We hit one of the target species! a pair of Silver-breasted Broadbill. And other target birds were also recorded from this spot too.  In between the Gap and the Upper Gate, we had woodpecker, laughingthrush, tailorbird, broadbill, bulbul and drongo. Unfortunately, the trogon decided to stay away from me this morning. *sigh*

Up at the hill station, we continue birding until lunch and check into the hotel for a short rest. It started to drizzle by the time we wanted to resume our birding and the situation remains until the end of the day trip. We covered the New Road in the afternoon but the weather was equally challenging. By 6pm, we called it a day.

For today, my personal favorite is the Large (Dark) Hawk Cuckoo. No doubt about it.

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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.

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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