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HK birders - May 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 2018






"My husband and I went for 6D5N birding with Weng Chun (first two days with his assistance Adam as Weng Chun with another guests) at the area of Peninsula Malaysia which included Bukit Tinggi, Krau Forest, Fraser’s Hill & in Kuala Lumpur area. Weng Chun is absolutely amazing at spotting (both by ear and sight) & locating the birds. He can drive (safely)as well as hear the birds call and stop the car to find the birds where situation is possible. Before the tour, we communicate thru email with Weng chun and he asked us about our target birds and we named a few. But after 6 days, we have over 129 species of birds seen and most of them able to photograph and video too. On the way of our tour, we kept senting some of the bird’s photos to our family to share our findings, and all our family members were amaze by the beauty of the birds.  Really thank you Weng Chun to show us the nature beauty of Malaysia !!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! "

Back-to-back trip. Tired ... exhausted but still want to enjoy guiding and going out to the field looking for birds for enthusiastic birders like Janet and Ray.

First, they covered the forest of Hulu Langat which is the most productive birding spot around Kuala Lumpur. Next we head up to the highlands for the usual targets of Mountain Peacock Pheasant and Ferruginous Partridge before going down to a nearby lowland forest for babbler, trogon, broadbill, woodpecker and hornbill. A birding trip in Peninsular Malaysia is never complete without making a trip to the premier birding spot at Fraser's Hill. 

I think I have stretched them a little too much, birding before dawn while extending the birding hours until night (just like what I normally did with all my guests, and my guests from France from recent trip also experience the long birding hours, and jet lagged but I am sure they all wanted that and enjoyed it although exhausted).


Early morning at the stake out for the target species


Observing movement in a fruiting tree, we found Sooty Barbet, Black-browed Barbet and Black-crested Bulbul here


Woodpeckers high up in the tree


Also found a few Whiskered Treeswift in the morning


A few species of babbler and bulbul showed up for a short observation and photography


Scarlet-rumped Trogon was calling when we we about to leave the spot


Can you locate the bird in this photo?


Ray was trying to find that bird in a small gap among the leave


The next morning, we had a Crimson-winged Woodpecker. Ray got a video


Awesome looking bird, impossible to miss it. It has incredible striking color.


Green Broadbill with iPhone SE + Kowa TSN-501


Black Hornbill


Together with a few local birders and another group of HK birders, we waited for almost 2 hours but it finally decided to showed up


We met the same group of HK birders the next morning


Everyone sharing observation and helped each other to see the target species. Only a female individual, oh well....we can always try tomorrow.


We were back to the same spot in the afternoon, and seems like we don't need to come back tomorrow morning for the male bird....we got the male...finally


Janet admiring the male individual


Green Magpie for our last morning session in the hill station


Again, we saw the Green Magpie with just-arrived birders


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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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