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Jan birding in Fraser's Hill

Thursday, January 18, 2018
"I had a great day with Wengchun in Frasers Hill. He knows the site very well and is very, very enthusiastic about birds. He really put in a lot of effort to show me as many birds as possible and to put me on a bird when I could not find it. In my opinion he is doing a superb job as a birdguide and it was a pleasure birding with Wengchun. I would definetly recommend him!" - Jan, Germany

This is the first visit for Jan to this region. Apart from covering Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, I had the opportunity to show him around Fraser's Hill. We drove up to the hill station very early in the morning so that we can get to see some of the finest birds. Weather wise, it is not the best, but we just need to proceed with the plan - birding. No one should leave Fraser's Hill without seeing Silver-eared Mesia and Rufous-browed Flycatcher. Both with its own distinct features that capture our attention.


Silver-eared Mesia

Apart from the Silver-eared Mesia, some of the other species we have observed: Long-tailed Sibia, Chestnut-capped Laughinthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Little Pied Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Streaked Spiderhunter, Black-throated Sunbird, Malayan Partridge, Common Green Magpie and Wreathed Hornbill.




One of the few squirrels we encountered during the day trip is a Grey-bellied Squirrel.





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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. 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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