Birders from South Africa - 23rd July - 1st Aug 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

"Many thanks Weng Chun for the photos. We take home happy memories of our trip with you. Ken will be putting his pix on his website. It usually takes a few weeks after a long trip like this. Your planning and organisation was great and much appreciated. 
Best wishes from us both." - Ken & Stephanie, South Africa

Wow! We got the main target on the first stop in Panti. Heard the bird calling while driving along the road. For the next few hours, both Ken and Stephanie recorded more lifers including a Mangrove Pitta from a mangrove patch further away from Panti. On our way to Mersing, we got a very good view of a low flying Wrinkled Hornbill compared to the view they got from Borneo. While in Taman Negara, we were made to work extra hard as the birds were not very cooperative and it was pretty quiet for 3 days - some of the highlights include Blyth's Frogmouth, Crested Jay, Blue-banded Kingfisher, and Straw-headed Bulbul. From the hot and humid lowland forest, we moved on to Bukit Tinggi and Fraser's Hill which provided a very comfortable temperature for birding session. In the highlands, we had Mountain Peacock-Pheasant, Ochraceous Bulbul, Malaysian Partridge, Blue Nuthatch, Black Laughingthrush, Malayan Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped (Spectacled) Laughingthrush, Malayan Whistling Thrush, Pygmy Cupwing, and many more. For the final day, we birded in a forest just outside Kuala Lumpur and on the way to the airport, we stopped for another lifer.

Admiring 2 Mangrove Pitta

2 Laughingthrush species at 1 spot! 

Very happy to see Ken got close view of a Blue-banded Kingfisher

At last! a Blue Nuthatch among the bird wave / bird party / mixed flock

The boat ride in Taman Negara

Just need to move around to get better view of certain target species

Taking shots of one of the smallest raptor in the world

That wren-babbler is really giving us a hard time! 

Stephanie looking at the Peacock-Pheasant behind a mesh / netting

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Japanese Birders - 15th, 17th-21st Jul 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

We had 1 day birding in the lowland forest near Kuala Lumpur where we went to Target Kingfishers as well as other species like woodpecker, broadbill and others. The following days we covered Fraser's Hill for 3 days, Bukit Tinggi, Krau forest, and the open field in Klang.

In Kuala Lumpur, the main highlight was  a cooperative Rufous-collared Kingfisher, followed by 3 species of babbler - Black-capped, Grey-headed, Abbott's. Plenty of woodpecker but mostly high up in the canopy - Buff-necked, Buff-rumped, Crimson-winged, Checker-throated, Banded, and Maroon.

In Fraser's Hill and it's surrounding, we had Silver-eared Mesia, Malayan Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped (Spectacled) Laughingthrush, Long-tailed Sibia, Fire-tufted Barbet, Black-throated Sunbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Brown Fulvetta, Mountain Fulvetta, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot, Everett's White-eye, Grey-bellied Bulbul, Large Niltava, Rufous-browed Flycatcher, Grey-throated Babbler, and so much more.

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2 Birders from Spain - 10th-14th July 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2019

From the airport, we travelled to Taman Negara with few birding stops along the way just to get as many species of birds as possible. When we arrived at the National Park, we only left with about 1 hour daylight. We tried to make use of that and added a few birds. After spending the next 1.5 days here, we moved on to a higher ground, Fraser's Hill (some say this is my 2nd home 😅 because I am up here almost every week). Anyway, we spent 2 nights and n this hill station before returning to the airport.

Some of the highlights for this trip include (but not limited to) Green Broadbill, Crested Jay, Black Magpie, Blyth's Paradise Flycatcher, Red-bearded Bee-eater, Mountain Peacock-pheasant and Straw-headed Bulbul.
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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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