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Day Trip in Krau - 31st May 2018

Friday, June 1, 2018

Andrew is a twitcher who have a list of target species. He was birding on his own in Panti, Bukit Tinggi and Fraser's Hill because he had visited those places before. But some of his target species are easier to tick in Krau forest. We were planning to arrive early in the morning for a few species, unfortunately, his car had a punctured tyre. We tried to replaced it with a spare tyre but there is a problem taking off the punctured tyre so I advised him to transfer all his luggage into my car.

We drove towards our destination for our first target. After waiting for a short while, we heard a Green Broadbill. With a little more patience, it came and showed up well for us. While Andrew was observing the bird, I noticed a second individual. Nice start for the morning. We continue driving with my side window down to listen for calls....babbler! Got out from the car and tried to get the bird to come forward. We waited....It called...We waited...It called...then there was a movement. A Horsfield's Babbled preaching well...very good view then it started to call out again. Wow! Not a pretty looking babbler but still a tick for this skulky bird. Other species that are new for Andrew include Banded Broadbill, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Black-capped Babbler, Chestnut-rumped Babbler, Black-throated Babbler and Rufous-collared Kingfisher. Since Andrew need to drive to Taman Negara on the same day, it is best to get his car tyre replaced. After mid-day break and had the spare tyre installed, we went back into the forest for more birding. Our most notable sighting is a Puff-backed Bulbul. Weather doesn't look too promising after getting the Bulbul, so we decided to call it a day. At the toll plaza I bid farewell to Andrew and hope that he get his targets in the national park.

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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. 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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