Younger Birders Going Up the Highland

Saturday, November 25, 2017
"Thanks for being such a warm, easy-going and knowledgeble guide during our 3 days at Fraser's Hill! We wouldn't have had so many "ticks", laughter and memorable moments without you! Really respect your passion / enthusiasm and "never-say-give-up" spirit even though it's so tiring!! May you continue to love what you do and spread the enthusiasm to others too! Thanks once again, we had the time of owl life :D Your tour was sibia good!!"
- JiaLiang, Donovan, Timothy & Joan

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Markku & Markku Birding in Malaysia

Started off our trip early in the morning before breakfast and ticked 2 species of nightjar - Large-tailed and Savanna. After breakfast, we stopped by at the infamous heronry in Putrajaya.

Next destination is the coastal with small patches of mangrove for shrike, cuckoo, sunbird, and others.


Enroute to Taman Negara, we stopped by at a lowland forest to see as many species as possible. Pretty rewarding I must say... broadbills, trogon, kingfisher, babblers, bulbuls, flowerpeckers, woodpeckers, leafbirds, and pitta.

We located a fruiting tree at a distant and managed to see a pair of Rhinoceros Hornbill feeding.

In Taman Negara, there is an on-going signage work along the boardwalk. Finally, proper directional signage that will benefit all trail users. So, what do we get from one of the oldest rainforest in the world? Well, we managed to ticked Crested Fireback, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Large Frogmouth, Blyth's Frogmouth, Green Broadbill, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Diard's Trogon and so much more.

At the start of our owling session, we will ensure we have the necessary equipment before we walk into the trail.

While waiting for birds, butterflies attracted my attention or is it the other way around?

Markku trying to get a better angle of the Crested Fireback which we found along the boardwalk during our afternoon walk.

Heads up! target sighted! not 1 but 2 birds....

After Fraser's Hill, we drove up to Fraser's Hill - a must visit while on a long birding trip in Peninsular Malaysia.

The usual breakfast during low peak season at the hotel.


Markku on the left likes to take photographs while Markku on the right enjoy getting good looks at the birds.

Some of the highlights in Fraser's Hill include Pygmy Cupwing (formerly known as Pygmy Wren-babbler), Red-headed Trogon, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Mountain Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Malayan Partridge, and many more.

Weather is not always good up there and tonight we had some amount of rain.

On our last day of the trip, we tried to wrapped up as many species as possible covering all those local birding patches before we reach the airport. Overall, we had a wonderful trip in which we hit almost 300 species - not an easy feat considering the weather condition and traveling time throughout the trip.

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Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia

Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia
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Notable Plants While Birding

Notable Plants While Birding
There will be some interesting flora that will definitely catch your attention while going out on a birdwatching trip with me. I am in the midst of compiling all the plants, please return to this website for updates. Thank you.

Insects, Reptiles & Primates

Insects, Reptiles & Primates
You will see other interesting insects, reptiles and primates during your birding adventure with me. Here are some of the photos I have extract from my image bank.
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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.

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 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.

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I am also interested to take video of birds. Here are some of my favorite videos for your viewing. Video taken with Nikon1 V1 attached to a Sigma 500mm f4.5 and most of the time iPhone SE through the spotting scope. Editing is done on smartphone Power Director for Android device and I also like the iMovie on iPhone. Enjoy.

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