Birding in Malaysia - 1 Oct 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

An early morning drive up to a highland resort near Kuala Lumpur after a tip-off from a birding friend yesterday. I was told that a tree in this highland is fruiting again. I was stunned because the last time I visited this tree was 3 months ago, how is it possible the tree fruits again so soon? Nonetheless, we just go ahead with the plan.

Before reaching the fruiting tree, we stopped by the roadside for a family of Southern Pig-tailed Macaque. We spent about 30 minutes here.

Upon arriving at the fruiting tree, we saw 3 species of Spiderhunters. 1 hour after that there isn't much action around. The other birds that came to the tree were Asian Glossy Starling and Blue-eared Barbet. I walked away from the tree and went to look for possible targets because I can hear Velvet-fronted Nuthatch calling nearby. I went closer to the source but I heard another familiar call.... it's a Red-bearded Bee-eater!!! That will be a highlight for the trip. Quickly we took out our camera but left out the tripod. Here we spent almost 20 minutes. It came so close at eye-level. Perfect ending to a morning trip away from the city.
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Family Birding - 4 Oct 2020

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Guided a family of 4 for a morning birding session up in Fraser's Hill. Since it was their first experience in birdwatching, I've provided each of them a 8x26 binocular which is light and very decent for beginners. If you are interested to buy a pair of binocular for your own use and curious to find out what bird species can be found in your neighborhood, you may contact me via WhatsApp at +60183632738.

The morning started from a drive at Telekom Loop towards the towards the town center. After we parked the car, we walked for about 2.5 hours along the road. This is the best route for beginners and easy to spot the birds too. 

Some of the birds seen during the session include (but not limited to):

White-rumped Munia
Buff-breasted Babbler
Rufous-browed Flycatcher
Streaked Spiderhunter
Black-throated Sunbird
Large-billed Crow
Oriental Magpie Robin
Fire-tufted Barbet
Large Niltava
Mountain Bulbul
Oriental Honey Buzzard
Chestnut-crowned Warbler
Golden Babbler
Grey Wagtail
Long-tailed Sibia
Blue-winged Minla
Mountain Fulvetta
Mountain Tailorbird
Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush
Silver-eared Mesia
White-throated Fantail
White-tailed Robin

If you are curious about birdwatching or would like to participate in a beginner birdwatching session in Fraser's Hill, you may send me a message via WhatsApp at +60183642738. Early reservation is most recommended because I had to limit the number of participants to family of 4 due to the current situation.

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Butterflies of Peninsular Malaysia

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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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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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