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Krau Birding 8th May 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017
Grey-bellied Squirrel (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Another regular bird watching guest from Europe revisit Malaysia recently. Our first few highlight species of the day was a few Rufous Woodpecker. They very calling from nearby trees. We traced the call for a few minutes and finely rewarded with good views of the species. Also we have 2 flocks of Long-tailed Parakeet. Then there were Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and Black-thighed Falconet. On the way into the forest, he asked me "will we see hornbills like what we saw while driving up to Fraser's Hill the other day?" (refer to this posting HERE). Immediately, we saw 2 Oriental Pied Hornbill next to the road! 

a female Banded Kingfisher (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)


Oriental Pied Hornbill (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)



Lots of species were seen even before we reach our primary birding stop. Unexpectedly, a female Banded Kingfisher were spotted perching up on a bare branch. excellent view! Black-and-Yellow Broadbill were very very cooperative and even perched on a branch exactly above our head. However, Indian Cuckoo was teasing us. It flew several times across the road but we did not get to see it perching. Some of the notable species that we managed from Krau include Crested Serpent Eagle, Raffles' Malkoha, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Little Green Pigeon, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul, Whiskered Treeswift, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Sooty Barbet, Large Woodshrike, Rufescent Prinia, Hill Myna, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly-breasted Munia, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and many more.

We spent the next few hours in Krau before moving back to KL for a short visit to a local birding patch. 

Back in KL, we saw Gold-whsikered Barbet, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Asian Glossy Starling and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. We also heard the calls of Asian Koel and Drongo Cuckoo.

Dark-necked Tailorbird (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

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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.

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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