Photo Targets

Sunday, April 30, 2017

A short photo trip for this week with a couple from China. We covered the usual traditional key sites with a few quick stops in between to hit some targets in the list. The following photos show the some of the birds that we managed to locate and photographed for the trip duration.

Mangrove Pitta (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Banded Broadbill ((Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Another view of the Banded Broadbill

a female Banded Kingfisher (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR) 

Ferruginous Babbler (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Hairy-backed Bulbul (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Short-tailed Babbler (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Ferruginous Partridge (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Mountain Peacock Pheasant (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Indian Cuckoo (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

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

Blyth's Hawk-eagle (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Diard's Trogon (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

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

Other species photographed includes: Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Ashy Tailorbird, Mountain Tailorbird, Red-headed Trogon, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Streaked Wren-babbler, Pygmy Cupwing (Wren-babbler), Buff-breasted Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Brown Wood Owl, Mountain Scops Owl, Fire-tufted Barbet, Long-tailed Sibia, Silver-eared Mesia, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Malaysian Partridge, Malayan (Chestnut-crowned) Laughingthrush, Spectacled (Chestnut-capped) Laughingthrush, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, White-tailed Robin, Greater Yellownape, Black-throated Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Ferruginous Babbler, Banded Kingfisher, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, White-rumped Shama, Whiskered Treeswift, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Black-thighed Falconet, Diard's Trogon, Scarlet-rumped Trogon and many more. 

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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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