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Savanna Nightjar flight call

Saturday, September 4, 2021












Recorded the flight call of Savanna Nightjar calling at dusk recently. 

It was an incidental birding, so only took out the phone Redmi 9T to record the call using the pre-installed recording app. On the PC, I trim the original recording, remove noise and amplify the sound. 

Listen to the call on my eBird submission.

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Processing Photo: Rufous Woodpecker

Saturday, August 28, 2021

This is a Rufous Woodpecker. Very adaptable in many habitat ranging from the coastal area all the way inland to the urban area such as Klang Valley. I can even see them near my house. Ahem....It's also seen as high as Fraser's Hill. 



Here is a comparison before and after the post processing. 





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Processing Photo: Greater Flameback


Previously I have been using my 10 years old laptop to store and edit my photos. It was kind of stressful for the laptop, so I shoot mostly in JPG format rarely in RAW format. But over the years, I do keep some photos in NEF files while shooting with Nikon gears. 

Last month, I finally decided to ditched the laptop and bought a mini PC with Ryzen 5. It was a ASUS PN50. Took out the laptop's hard disk and put it into the mini PC. Works perfectly. So now I can edit photos again. I am impressed with the new machine as it helps me to salvage some of the photos in my external hard disks. However, not all photos can be salvaged. This is the best time for me go through the images, delete unwanted images, and free up some storage space. 

Here is a comparison of the original photo (left) and the outcome after post processing (right).





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Phonescoping 4 April 2018

Sunday, July 25, 2021

 

One of the best moment is when you get to see a Pitta. I was fortunate to see it at the unexpected spot. Luckily, I had my iPhone SE (first generation) and Kowa scope by my side, well it was pretty easy to use anyway. 

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UV Filter 55mm for Kowa Scope TSN-501

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Recently purchased a UV filter for a small travel scope, Kowa TSN-501. All this time, i know the front objective lens has thread to fit a filter but never bother. While i was browsing the online shop, I found a pretty cheap UV filter, so i decided to make a purchase. When it arrived, i quickly try it out and it fits perfectly as expected!


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Scarlet-rumped Trogon for a Gift

Monday, May 17, 2021

During this pandemic period, every industry in the world is affected. For tourism, and my line of work as a birding guide in Malaysia is also affected badly. So during this period, I spent my time looking at some of the photos and videos for inspiration which I can convert to illustrations / caricature. 

Here is a Scarlet-rumped Trogon for your viewing pleasure. If you would like to support my work, please consider making purchases from my RedBubble store at https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/78501172?ref=studio-promote or click on the following photos to check the products. For purchases within Malaysia and Singapore, please check out my online store at https://chades11.secure-decoration.com/shop/category/View-all?c=0 which sells t-shirts, hoodies and mugs. 


        

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Birding in Selangor - 23 Apr 2021

Saturday, April 24, 2021
This morning, we headed into the forest. No one was around. It was really nice to have the whole place for ourselves. Our target was Orange-backed Woodpecker which we managed to add that into the list. We also needed the Maroon Woodpecker (which I encountered few days ago), Bamboo Woodpecker, and Green Broadbill. Dipped on those. Well, we shall be getting it sooner or later.



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Birding in Selangor - 20 Apr 2021

Just doing my usual birding session but this time I met up with a local bird photographer in Hulu Langat. I started the day much earlier looking for nocturnal species but all that got were calls of Sunda Scops Owl and Large-tailed Nightjar.

Along the famous short stretch of road in the forest, we had encounters with various species including Orange-backed Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker, Bamboo Woodpecker, and few others. 
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Birding in Selangor - 18 Apr 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021


Today, I went out to Kuala Selangor with Andreas for half-a-day but eventually we spent longer time in the mangrove. The morning drive was not too bad, generally not many cars on the road especially during the fasting month. But since the travel restriction is still enforced, many people have no other places to visit and I noticed more people in the park compared to all my visits in the past 10-20 years. 

Anyway, upon arrival at the park, we were greeted by a troop of Long-tailed Macaque at the front gate and car park. We took our gears out from the car and walked slowly into the trail. A few big trees fell and that allows more sunlight penetration to the forest floor. I was hoping to show Andreas the other species of primate - Selangor Silvered Langur. No sign of it yet but we saw more Long-tailed Macaque. We continued walking and stop whenever we spotted something nearby. Inside the mangrove section, I think we saw more birds and Andreas found other subjects to photograph. After spending 2 hours in here, we made our way back towards the car park and finally we saw a small group of Selangor Silvered Langur but we could not get good photo. There will be another time in the future.

Some of the highlights are shown in the video below. This include Laced Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Crested Serpent Eagle, Greater Flameback, and Chestnut-bellied Malkoha.


 

Strange enough for today. There are not many mosquitoes along the path through the secondary vegetation. I wonder....
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Birding in Selangor - 13 Apr 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021
An early drive to the coastal mudflat for a wader watching session. It's been a long time since I go out for waders. I just want a change in environment, so I took the chance to see how the place has changed. Nothing much. It's still the same look all around, unlike in the inland forest which are mostly cleared for housing and other purpose. 


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Birding in Selangor - 10 Apr 2022

Travel is still restricted. We can't cross over to Pahang, Negeri Sembilan or Perak. But we still managed to get improved shots of Rufous-collared Kingfisher but most importantly we got our target species today.

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Birding Alone - 5 Apr 2021

It's been more than 1 year since lockdown due to Covid-19. I need to return to the forest as often as possible to check the condition of the birding sites. I'm glad that the crowd favorite Rufous-backed Dwarf-Kingfisher is back after a long absence. The other highlights for today is a Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Checker-throated Woodpecker and Orange-backed Woodpecker. 

I stayed in the forest from early morning until the weather turns bad. Took a short break with Nescafe, bread and instant noodle. 
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Birding in Selangor - 3 Apr 2021

Still confined within Selangor and KL, we try to locate the Black-and-Red Broadbill in the morning and we were rewarded with good views and ample opportunities for photography. We quickly leave the site as soon as we know the crowd is coming into the area. We stopped at the Blue-winged Pitta spot before mid-day break. We end the day with great view of a Brown Boobook.

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Birding in Selangor - 14 Mar 2021



Today, it's another 'hunting' trip but instead of woodpeckers, we had put the broadbill as the targets. Since we already had Black-and-Yellow, Black-and-Red, Banded, Silver-breasted, and Dusky, we just need a Green but Bip wanted to improve on his Black-and-Red Broadbill. Dipped on the Green. We found a pair of Black-and-Red but we couldn't get the ideal shots. Soon after, we drove and arrived near KL for Blue-winged Pitta. There was a Grey-capped Woodpecker but it was moving too fast and most of the time very obscure.


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Birding in Selangor - 6 Mar 2021



We went back again to hunt for Laced Woodpecker and this time we had better views, better photos and there were male and female! Brilliant!
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Birding in Selangor - 2 Jan 2021

Friday, April 16, 2021

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Birding in Melaka - 23 Dec 2020



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Cuckoo in Puchong - 21 Dec 2020

Once in a while, I do meet some of the local bird photographers in the field for some uncommon species. Here we were looking for Oriental / Himalayan Cuckoo. Unfortunately until today, we still unable to positively identify this bird since no one has ever record or hear it calling.



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Birding in Selangor - 20 Dec 2020



Laced Woodpecker and several other targets were lined up for today's trip which I called it a Woodpecker Trip.

From a brief discussion with Bip, I got an idea what he wanted and I know exactly where to go and how to find the targets. We spent half a day in the coastal mangrove before we retreat to KL.

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Birding in Fraser's Hill - 18th - 19th Dec 2020

It's good to be back up in the hill station. I brought my guest to Fraser's Hill for an overnight birding trip.


We make use of all the time available for birding, so we made several stops along the way. Weather was not the best but still we enjoy every single birds we encountered for the whole trip. 

Some of the birds that we managed to find were Silver-breasted Broadbill, Malaysian Partridge, Malayan Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Pygmy Cupwing, Bay Woodpecker, Brown Wood Owl, Grey Nightjar, and many more.


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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. When I go out to the field, I will usually have my Kowa 10x32 BDXD binocular, iPhone and Kowa TSN-501 spotting scope with me. This is the lightest setup for me as I prefer to go light these days. Although sometimes, I will (and I need to) take out my Nikon 10x42 Monarch binocular, Nikon ED82 spotting scope, Nikon1 V1 setup for specific targets.

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