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Morning Bird Watching - FRIM Kepong

Monday, May 8, 2017
Buff-rumped Woodpecker (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Went to FRIM Kepong for a morning bird watching session with Balan and his son. We made several stops which includes a pond, forest trail and an open area. The early morning was really good with lots of birds catching all the insects in the air and feeding on the small fruits on the trees. Nearer to the water, several trees with open branches provided good perching area for birds. We saw Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Pacific Swallow, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Sooty Barbet, Gold-whiskered Barbet, White-throated Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Plain Sunbird and Large Woodshrike. Other common birds in FRIM include Striated Heron (Little Heron), Zebra Dove, Black-naped Oriole, Javan Myna, Asian Glossy Starling and Oriental Magpie Robin  

We also had pretty good view of Buff-rumped Woodpecker at eye level just a few feet away from us. However, the Banded Woodpecker is a little high up on the tree. Another highlight for the day is the brilliantly colored Chestnut-breasted Malkoha on the same tree where we saw the Banded Woodpecker. Striped Tit-babbler, a common babbler species which is usually tricky inside the forest was so easy to see - it came near to the low shrubs next to the trail.

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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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