HK birding couple Andrew & Jenny - 29th June - 7th July 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

"Life is beautiful. We added a collection of 120 types in our bird album!! We were very blessed to have Weng Chun with us in our Malaysia trip lately. This was our first photography bird trip at Malaysia. Weng loves birds since his studies in University. His enthusiasm and professionalism in wild birds helping us to identify each species very easy. With his help, we have had took pictures of 120 different birds in this trip. Of course we have seen more than 120!! He taught us how to identify different types of birds. He can easily identify birds and even it’s gender, sometimes it’s only a slight differences e.g. colour or pattern between male and female. Weng Chun is very hardworking, he marked down all names of birds in our cameras at the end of each single day. And a detailed record after the trip! Before the trip, he communicated with us by emails and WhatsApp, knowing our expectations and made a detailed itinerary. He managed the logistics between all bird sites and hotels well. During the trip, he showed us his broad knowledge in birds thoroughly.  He knows well where the birds habitat. He can simply identify birds by their sounds. He can search and point out to us very quick. It’s an excellent experience to follow Weng Chun. If you are looking for an expert guide for birds watching or photography, we highly recommend Weng Chun to you." - Andrew & Jenny, Hong Kong

This is a first bird photography trip to Peninsular Malaysia for Andrew and Jenny. Andrew contacted me many months ago and I proposed an itinerary covering the keysites for bird photography with some notable species as targets.

First day, we spent time in the forest of Hulu Langat before moving up to Bukit Tinggi for 2 nights stay, 3 nights in Fraser's Hill, 1 night in Taiping and finally 2 nights in Penang.

Some of the highlights include (but not limited to) Mountain Peacock-pheasant, Fire-tufted Barbet, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Red-headed Trogon, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Green Broadbill, Banded Broadbill, Dusky Broadbill, Black-and-Red Broadbill, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Chestnut-naped Forktail, Slaty-backed Forktail,

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John chasing Lifers - 26th-28th June 2019

Thursday, June 27, 2019

This is a short trip with specific species to look for in Pahang and Selangor. One day in the hill station followed by another day in a lowland forest in Pahang and on the final day in a lowland forest near Kuala Lumpur. We did pretty well with the targets although some of them are not easy. Some requires lots of hard work and persistent.

  • Some of the targets that we managed to locate include Banded Kingfisher, Rufous-collared Kingfisher, Indian Cuckoo, Banded Bay Cuckoo, Pygmy Cupwing, Fire-tufted Barbet, Malaysian Partridge, Brown Fulvetta, Blue-winged Minla, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Ferruginous Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Lesser Shortwing, Everett's White-eye, and others.
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Gail & Mal birding near KL for 7 days - 11th - 17th June 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

This is a 7 days birding trip near Kuala Lumpur with Gail and Mal from Australia. Picked them up from Putrajaya and we headed to the lowland forest near KL where we spent the whole day. The following day we went to the birding spots of Kuala Selangor before we travel up to the famous hill station, Fraser's Hill. Of course, a few other birding sites not to be missed out on this trip are Lanchang and Bukit Tinggi. Some of the highlights for the trip are (but not limited to) all the broadbills except 1 species, various species of Babblers & Bulbuls, Rhinoceros Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Black Hornbill, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Sultan Tit, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-thighed Falconet, Malaysian Partridge, and I supposed both of them enjoyed seeing the woodpeckers such as Common Flameback, Greater Flameback, Greater Yellownape, Lesser Yellownape, Speckled Piculet, Banded Woodpecker, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Sunda Woodpecker, Laced Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Buff-necked Woodpecker and Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker.

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Lawrence & wife birding near KL - 31st May - 4th June 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019

We started the  trip from KL birding for half a day in Hulu Langat then headed to Kuala Selangor on Day 1. Plenty of birds seen in the morning. However the journey to Kuala Selangor took a bit longer due to heavy traffic. On the second day, we covered the mangrove reserve but had to do a quick walk due to poor weather condition. After that we drove up to Fraser's Hill and stayed a night there. It was a great birding in the highland despite the rain we had in the afternoon. The following day, we went birding in the morning in a highland resort. In the afternoon, we drove to the famous city of entertainment, Genting Highlands for more species. On the final day, we drove to Lanchang for another lowland forest birding session. Return to KL and concluded the trip with a Blue-eared Kingfisher.
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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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