Central Route 3rd - 9th June 2018

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Thanks for the best birding and photography trip...ever!!! Your untiring efforts to locate the most beautiful birds of Malaysia (day and night), your patience and kindness with kids (...and responding to their unending questions!), your overall company - all made our adventure into Malaysia's forests so wonderful. Without a doubt, I'd recommend you to anyone considering a trip to Malaysia and looking for wildlife. We learnt much from you and the importance of doing homework before embarking on these trips, to see all the variety the forest has to offer. Will definitely be going back for Season 2! Take care." - Momo, Bilal & Umar (Pakistan)

This trip, I guided 3 guests but the main birder was an 11-year old boy, my youngest ever guest.  We covered the usual birding sites in the central region of Peninsular Malaysia. Upon arrival at the hill station, we had a supposedly quick lunch but the food arrived little too late so that delayed our afternoon birding. Our afternoon main target is the Malayan Partridge but we made a stop along the way for Large Niltava, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Babbler. It was an almost 2 hours wait at the Partridge station. We were the first to arrived, then a few photographers from Thailand joined us. An hour later, 3 more birders came. While waiting for the partridge to show up, we were entertained by 2 species of Laughingthrush, Streaked Spiderhunter, Emerald Dove, Oriental Magpie Robin, Streaked Wren-babbled and a Red-cheeked Squirrel. 2 more birders came and joined us but after a short wait they walked away from the station. As soon as they left, one partridge showed up! Then 2nd, 3rd,4th and 5th bird came out. Perfect! We continue birding until dusk and we found Green Magpie, Verditer Flycatcher, Black-browed Barbet, Fire-tufted Barbet, Silver-eared Mesia, Lesser Yellownape, Black-throated Sunbird, Mountain Imperial Pigeon and many more. We didn't go out looking for owls tonight. Everyone was feeling a bit tired. So, rest early tonight.

We started the morning of Day 2 with Mountain Scops Owl and a glimpse of Brown Wood Owl. A bit of hard work in the morning, all of us felt tired even before mid-day. We added White-tailed Robin, Pygmy Cupwing, Bay Woodpecker, Black-browed Barbet (again), Greater Yellownape, Slaty-backed Forktail, Ochraceous Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Banded Broadbill, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Little Spiderhunter, Mountain Fulvetta and a few others.

During the afternoon session, we drove around another part of the hill station. We added Red-headed Trogon, Great Hornbill, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, Long-tailed Broadbill and Sultan Tit. Almost get the Collared unfortunate!

During the afternoon session, we drove around another part of the hill station. We added Red-headed Trogon, Great Hornbill, Hill Blue Flycatcher, Black-eared Shrike-Babbler, Blue-winged Minla, Long-tailed Broadbill and Sultan Tit. Almost get the Collared Owlet....Almost...sigh

The next morning we covered the New Road, followed by a mid-day break and birding resume later part of the afternoon. Today we added Orange-breasted Trogon, Red-billed Malkoha, Green-billed Malkoha, Blue-eared Barbet, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Blue-winged Minla, Blue-winged Leafbird, and more.

Day 4, we drove down to Krau forest with morning birding along New Road. Nothing much exciting in the morning but we had many good birds in the afternoon which includes (not limited to) Black-throated Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Green Broadbill and glimpse of Banded Pitta.

The next morning, we covered the forest again and added Black Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black-thighed Falconet, Black-and-red Broadbill, Puff-backed Bulbul, Spectacled Bulbul, Rufescent Prinia, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Changeable Hawk-eagle, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Banded Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Grey-capped Woodpecker, Gold-whiskered Barbet, and so much more.  In the afternoon we drive towards KL.

Day 6, we spent time in Hulu Langat forest. We made several stops for my usual favorite species and the highlights for the day include Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Drongo Cuckoo, White-chested Babbler, and Rufous Woodpecker.

Our final day we birded at a coastal open field with patches of Mangroves. We started the day with Stork-billed Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Lesser Coucal, Greater Coucal, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Copper-throated Sunbird, Ashy Tailorbird, Common Iora, Savannah Nightjar, Brahminy Kite, Black-shouldered Kite, Laced Woodpecker, Common Flameback and we ended it with a mega tick of a Mangrove Pitta.

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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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Day Trip with a Singapore-based birder 28th May 2018

It was Pamela's first birding in this part of Malaysia. So, I decided to bring her to my favorite spots around Hulu Langat forest. We started the day very early in the morning, yes we arrived at location before sunrise and continue birding until afternoon. Our highlights include Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Black-naped Monarch, Blue-banded Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Rufous-backed Kingfisher and much 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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