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Weekend Outing for Birds of Fraser's Hill

Monday, April 17, 2017

"We had an enjoyable 3-day bird watching trip with WengChun at Fraser's Hill. We flew into Kuala Lumpur, and the pick up by WengChun was smooth. With WengChun's expert guiding (plus some luck!); we had the opportunity to have some pretty nice viewing of the Long Tailed Broadbills & the Silver-Breasted Broadbills. And surely had a good amount of time viewing the Red Headed Trogon on a misty morning. There were many other birds during the short trip; yet the three mentioned above were our favorites for our trip this time. Certainly the cool weather up at the hill was very refreshing too. Overall, we both appreciate WengChun's expertise and flexibility to make our trip so enjoyable including a stop to have Musang King durian! Well worth our flight from Hong Kong despite a very short trip. Thanks WengChun." - Carmen & Ken, HK

Carmen and Ken have been planning for this trip few months ago. Both have experience birding in Borneo and Thailand, but this is their first time birding in Fraser's Hill (Peninsular Malaysia). Carmen prefers to have good look at the birds while Ken spent a little more time to observe and capture the moments through his camera. During our stay up in the hill station, we managed to see some of the interesting species including star birds such as Red-headed Trogon, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Chestnut-capped (Spectacled) Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Green Magpie, White-throated Fantail, Mountain Fulvetta, Sultan Tit, Fire-tufted Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Javan (Large) Cuckooshrike, Black-and-Crimson Oriole, Lesser Yellownape, Grey-throated Babbler, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Yellow-crowned Warbler, Mountain Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul and many more.

It was a weekend trip and we met several photographers targeting the Red-headed Trogon in a misty morning in Fraser's Hill. 

Ken is also targeting the trogon just like anyone else

Fire-tufted Barbet - very vocal and we saw a few of this species 

Little Cuckoo Dove. Not easy to spot this bird in the forested area.

Chestnut-crowned Warbler came close to us during our morning walk

On our back to KL, we stopped by for a Durian break. I didn't expect Carmen and Ken enjoy eating the local Durian. No other choice of Durian, the only one available is Musang King.








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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.

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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