Fraser's Hill 28-30 August 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018

Guided 2 Australian birders in Fraser's Hill recently. Both carrying portable photographic gears too. We started the day very early from Sepang with a breakfast at KKB. Along the journey to the highland, we also made several birding stops and only reached the hill station in the afternoon. We had 1 full day in Fraser's Hill on Day 2 and spent another half day (morning) birding along New Road. Although we descended from the hill station after lunch, we only reach Sepang after 6 hours. Weather was pretty descent, but it gets really hot in the afternoon with temperature reaching 35C sometimes. We managed to get most of the birds up there but we missed a few of the common species, very strange. Mountain Scops Owl was easy this time but no sign of Brown Wood Owl and Collared Owlet.

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Central Region Birding 17-25 August 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

I have been waiting for this trip to commence ever since it was confirmed with Cindy many months ago. Although I was not expecting so many guests, I though should accept it as a challenge and do my best to fulfill everyone's expectation of a birding trip to Peninsular Malaysia. And it turned out to be a pretty successful trip.

We started the trip with a pre-dawn walk near the hotel for Savannah Nightjar and Large-tailed Nightjar, which were a success just before sunrise. After a breakfast in the hotel, we traveled to the coastal side hoping to catch the endangered Lesser Adjutant. Unfortunately, we were unable to add it onto our list but we managed Yellow-bellied Prinia, Dollarbird, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Goshawk and a few others. Next, we proceed towards our hotel in Kuala Selangor for an afternoon siesta. We resumed birding shortly and added Oriental Pied Hornbill, Ashy Tailorbird, Pygmy Woodpecker, Collared Kingfisher, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Pink-necked Pigeon, Pied Triller, and many more. At night, we went searching for the nocturnal species and added Buffy Fish Owl.

On our 2nd birding day, we birded Kuala Selangor Nature Park. We done pretty well in this area and gotten our main targets Mangrove Whistler, Mangrove Blue Flycatcher and Cinereous Tit. Of course, there were other birds in our morning session here. In the afternoon, we moved on to a more cooling environment for birding - Fraser's Hill!

We spent 3 nights up on this hill station. A truly wonderful experience and temperature for all in this group. We started birding even before sun rises and ended each day with a night session. Let's see, some of the highlights we recorded include (but not limited to) Red-headed Trogon, Malayan Partridge, Malayan Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia, Large Niltava, Pygmy Flycatcher, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Pygmy Cupwing, Blyth's Shrike-babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Golden Babbler,  Buff-breasted Babbler, Yellow-bellied Warbler, Gold-whiskered Barbet, Blue-eared Barbet, Black-browed Barbet, Fire-tufted Barbet, Common Green Magpie, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Greater Yellownape, Lesser Yellownape, Blue Nuthatch and so much more. The bird waves were really amazing for us too.

Our next destination after Fraser's Hill, is none other than the famous Taman Negara dubbed one of the oldest rainforest in the world. We spent 4 nights here and recorded many good species including the critically endangered Helmeted Hornbill. We walked the trails and go on boat rides throughout the period. Weather could be better, we were struggling at some points during the walks but always rewarded with good birds at the end of the day. Among the highlights during the period are Blue-banded Kingfisher, Banded Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Greeen Broadbill, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Sunda Scops Owl, Crested Partridge, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Moustached Babbler, Scaly-crowned Babbler, White-chested Babbler, Abbott's Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Pin-striped Tit-babbler, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Thick-billed Pigeon and Little Green Pigeon. 

Bird of the trip for me....Large Frogmouth. We tried several nights in Taman Negara and finally got it with a few guests who were willing to wake up early to hunt for it. We made use of the available hours in the morning and rewarded with Malaysian Blue Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Ruby-cheeked Sunbird, Red-throated Sunbird, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Bronzed Drongo, Straw-headed Bulbul, Wrinkled Hornbill (again!), Rhinoceros Hornbill, Black-naped Monarch, Scarlet-rumped Trogon,

We departed from Taman Negara after lunch and made a brief stop in Lanchang before continue to Bukit Tinggi, our final birding stop. We added Sooty-capped Babbler, Short-tailed Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Rufous-tailed Tailorbird, Cream-vented Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Rufescent Prinia, Little Spiderhunter,

On our final day, we nailed the 2 main targets - Mountain Peacock Pheasant and Ferruginous Partridge but we also managed to include Scaly-breasted Bulbul, Bushy-crested Hornbill and few others.

Apart from the birds, we also had a fairly good wildlife sightings including Long-tailed Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Silver Leaf Monkey, Dusky Langur, White-thighed Surili, Plaintain Squirrel, Red-cheeked Squirrel, Grey-bellied Squirrel, Red-bellied Squirrel, Western Striped Squirrel and others.

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Central Region Birding 6-8 August 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

"I would like to thank you about your excellent trip organzation and caring for me during this photography trip. Also, I would  like to thank you for your continuous efforts to bring birds to me and trying to find as many bird as possible." - Saad, Saudi Arabia

This is the first time I am guiding a birder from Saudi Arabia. Saad is a very calm birder, lots of patience and looking out for detail of the birds. We covered the lowland forest near KL and Krau forest before spending a night in Fraser's Hill - my favorite birding spot in Peninsular Malaysia. Birding activities in the lowland forest were relatively slow compared to usual days but up in the highland we were rewarded with many lovely species that you never get tired of.

I also had my unusual sighting on this trip. An uncommonly seen babbler, Collared Babbler or formerly known as White-hooded Babbler.

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Central Region Birding July-August 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A great birding trip with Roland and Nini. Lots of laughter and fun during our 8 days birding. Some targets showed up instantly while some took much longer but also some misses too. Still, we get pretty good list for the trip.

For this trip, Roland had informed me that he wanted to get better photographs of hornbill and kingfisher. I planned out an itinerary to suit his targets and add a few other popular photography targets too. We covered the coastal of Selangor, Putrajaya and then moved further inland into the lowland forest of Hulu Langat, Krau, Kuala Tahan and the highland of Bukit Tinggi as well as Fraser's Hill. A trip to Peninsular Malaysia MUST include Fraser's Hill. 

After 4 days of birding, we managed 6 species of hornbills (White-crowned, Rhinoceros, Great, Black, Oriental Pied and Helmeted). No matter how hard we tried for the next few days, we were unable to add any new hornbill species sighting to add to our trip list. The best we got was a call of Bushy-crested Hornbill. Can't complain much, it has been a great birding for me and them. 4 owls for the entire trip including the not so common sighting of Brown Wood Owl and Mountain Scops Owl. And yes! both of them had tons of photos of the owls (i hope). We worked really hard for it. 

We also saw and photographed 6 species of kingfishers (White-throated, Stork-billed, Collared, Rufous-backed, Rufous-collared and Banded). No sign of the Blue-eared and Blue-banded though, and we were not anywhere near the habitat for Ruddy and Brown-winged. :D

It was surprising to see this Rufous-collared Kingfisher at a good close distance and eye-level. It was very cooperative and stayed for a long time for Roland, Nini and myself to observe and admire it.

Photo taken with iPhone SE, Kowa TSN-IP5, and Kowa TSN501.

And no forgeting the 2 most popular Trogon in Peninsular Malaysia, none other than the Scarlet-rumped Trogon in the lowland forest and Red-headed Trogon on the highland.

The photo on the right showing a Scarlet-rumped Trogon taken with iPhone SE, Kowa TSN-IP5, and Kowa TSN501.




All these 9 photos showing Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Banded Kingfisher, Crested Serpent Eagle, Red-headed Trogon, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Malayan Peacock Pheasant, Oriental Honey Buzzard and Banded Pitta were taken with iPhone SE, Kowa TSN-IP5, and either Kowa TSN501 spotting scope or Kowa BDXD 10x32 binocular.

We were driving around a small area surrounded by oil palm and there it was a juvenile Crested Serpent Eagle. Good thing there is not much traffic along this stretch of road. We were able to stopped the car and take photographs of the raptor.

At the location for Rufous-backed Kingfisher. Roland decided to stayed on this spot because this is the best angle to shoot the kingfisher despite that Nini found a leech here. Ok, by now you should have guessed that why Nini is not sitting here.

We met Susan Myers and Greg Greene led by a friend of mine at Taman Negara.

A birder from Netherlands joined us for Chestnut-winged Babbler. There was a Blue-winged Pitta nearby too.

Nini goes after the Blue-winged Pitta!

It finally showed up after a lengthy wait! Patience, patience, patience....but time is very crucial.

Complete our target for Malayan Peacock Pheasant in Taman Negara, we took the short river crossing on a boat. It was a hot day indeed!

We spent a late morning at this location of an abandoned hotel in the hill station. It rained for a minute then it stopped and we got good lighting but maybe Nini felt it was better to shoot from inside the car while Roland prefers to sit out in the open. We had a good show put up by Silver-eared Mesia, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Fire-tufted Barbet, Long-tailed Sibia and the friendly squirrels too.

Nini was tired, so she had the afternoon OFF while Roland continue birding with me in a quiet afternoon.

Nini need a massage, but the only massage available in Fraser's Hill, is this massage chair at Shahzan Inn hotel lobby.

On the way down from Fraser's Hill, we had Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike and Grey-chinned Minivet. New for the trip, so they both jumped out from the car and spent a few minutes waiting for the birds to give us a good view. Reaching KL, we had a short session going through the photographs taken by Roland and Nini. Label them one by one before we end this trip. Another good trip! Well done to both of them.
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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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