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Birding Day Trip to Hulu Langat

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Thomas is on his usual hunt for new species to be added to his Malaysian checklist while almost any bird is a new one for Hugo. We tried to search for birds up at the forest canopy as well as browsing the undergrowth. Not an easy task and despite the rain in the afternoon, we had a pretty good day. I must admit Thomas is getting better at spotting the birds in the Malaysian forest and can instantly identify the birds.


Early in the morning, upon arrival, we almost nailed a Banded Kingfisher. Lighting was really bad, though. We proceed to walk the path and managed to get some spectacular birds which performed very well for us. These include Orange-backed Woodpecker, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Rufescent Prinia, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Long-billed Spiderhunter, Emerald Dove and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. Thomas pointed out a quietly perched Rufous-backed Kingfisher while I managed to record my first sighting of a Silver-breasted Broadbill in the lowland forest. Rufous Piculet also made it appearance as well as a pair of Scarlet-rumped Trogon. A variety of Babblers was seen in a mixed flock.

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

Orange-backed Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Orange-backed Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)


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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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