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Genting Highland 23rd February 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Lesser Shortwing with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

We missed the sunrise, but luckily we did not miss the birds. As soon as we arrived, we stationed ourselves at designated area for observing and taking photos of birds. The weather in the first hour was almost perfect, but slowly the mist approaches and ruined the session. After a few minutes the mist has cleared and we get good light! (darn it! speak too soon), another round of mist....

Nevertheless, we secured some of our target species along with a pair of Snowy-browed Flycatcher.

Siberian Thrush (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)

Large Niltava (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)


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Birding in Cyberjaya (again)

Blue-tailed Bee-eater with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Today target is (again) the Crimson Sunbird, Purple-throated Sunbird and Black-and-Red Broadbill. However, we managed to secure 2 targets out of 3. No sign of the Purple-throated Sunbird. The guest today may not be interested with dark or dull birds, but I saw the 2 White-vented Myna again in the morning, this time within the park. I was also excited to see Plaintive Cuckoo at a close range, perched much lower than what I have seen on my previous trip to this park.

Plaintive Cuckoo with Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR



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Fraser's Hill 12th February 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Miguel and his wife admiring a star bird on a misty morning

 Easy target at the town centre however, need to pay more attention to the traffic situation here

“Weng Chun was a fantastic guide and we would highly recommend using his services. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Fraser's Hill and saw over 60 different types of birds and several different mammals as well! Weng Chun knew all the special locations to see particular birds and we didn't stop birdwatching even on the way home. He was able to see and hear things we could not - a real talent. We will take away a lot of knowledge from our day and try and imitate some of his skills when we return to birdwatching at home.” – Miguel & wife
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Boogie Birds 11th February 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Crimson Sunbird
Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Me and Thomas has been talking about White-vented Myna for several weeks. So today, we were lucky. We nailed the boogie bird along with other species which include Black-and-Red Broadbill, Crimson Sunbird, Plain-throated Sunbird, Pied Triller, Plaintive Cuckoo and Hooded Pitta (which is very elusive today). So what did we missed out in our target list? Let's see....Purple-throated Sunbird! Only missed out 1 target bird for today.

White-vented Myna a.k.a. Great Myna
Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

Actually, we were just chatting while driving towards the birding spot and jokingly I said there could be White-vented Myna among all those Javan Myna by the roadside and neither of us believe our eyes when 2 different looking Myna landed on the grass. What else? I quickly stopped the car by the roadside and both of us pull out our binocular and camera to record our 1st bird of the day (a lifer for Thomas!). 

While in the garden, we walked towards the Broadbill nesting site after a tip-off from other bird photographers several days ago. No effort was necessary as 1 Black-and-Red Broadbill flew past me and perched on a tree branch near where Thomas was standing. We only spent the next few minutes at the open area observing another bird perching at the opposite side of the lake before we resume our walk to look for the remaining targets. Some where near the Bottle Brush tree, we heard a Pied Triller calling. After a few seconds, there were movement up on a Melaleuca tree....a Pied Triller!!!! lifer for Thomas. Then, we walked back towards the broadbill nest. Numerous sunbirds were heard and seen with one unusually dark sunbird high up on a tree caught our attention. After carefully observing the bird, we noticed that it was not dark but reddish! That's our target - Crimson Sunbird! Hooray!!!! Somewhere near the broadbill nest, a Cuckoo was calling. We looked up, and got another lifer for Thomas in the form of Plaintive Cuckoo. And the bird really went cuckoo for several minutes before flying away. We tried hard for our next sunbird target but no avail. We just could not find or catch a glimpse of a Purple-throated Sunbird. Nevertheless it was a good day. 

Before we ended our morning session, we drove to another bird stakeout for Hooded Pitta. What was suppose to be easy target turned out to be really difficult one. The Pitta didn't appear at the stakeout nor did it call. We walked around and waited.....there were Spectacled Spiderhunter and Grey-breasted Spiderhunter but still no Pitta. Knowing that the time is getting late, we walked back to the main entrance and suddenly heard the Hooded Pitta calling. It was testing our patience. We walked around and continue searching for the bird among the dried leave and logs. After few minutes, Thomas finally manage to see the bird well while I only managed a glimpse. It is still a good to end the day with a boogie bird. 

Plaintive Cuckoo
Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR







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Taiping / Kuala Sepetang 8th - 9th February 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017



Long-tailed Parakeet
Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR

An early morning drive from KL and after several hours on the North-South Highway, we reached Kuala Sepetang. For the next few hours, we found Greater Flameback which is much easier to see than Common Flameback (unlike the situation in Kuala Selangor), the uncooperative Copperthroated Sunbird, Olive-winged Bulbul, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Ashy Tailorbird and Chestnut-winged Babbler. There were also Crested Serpent Eagle perching silently, giving us good opportunity to see and take photographs of it. Further on, we saw Black-capped Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Cinereous Tit, Pacific Swallow, Brown Shrike, Asian Glossy Starling, Yellow-rumped Flycatcher, Brahminy Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Lesser Adjustant Stork, Little Egret, Great Egret, Striated (Little) Heron, and Black-crowned Night Heron. 


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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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