Family Birding - 26 Dec 2020

Saturday, December 26, 2020

This morning, I guided 2 avid birders with their father to Bukit Tinggi. From KL to our birding destination, we stopped by for a plate of wantan noodle. First birding of the day was the highlight of the trip. It was a Helmeted Hornbill. Despite the thick mist, we could still identify this gentle giant in our Malaysian forest. We waited for quite some time hoping that it will make a 2nd appearance, but unfortunately, it didn't. We had a consolation in a Gold-whiskered Barbet perching in the open.  

We continued our walk into the forest to look for our main target, Mountain Peacock-Pheasant. Well, it was already waiting for us. It stayed on for some few good minutes for everyone to get a good look, took photos and videos. Next up, we had 3 Dusky Broadbill and a single Silver-breasted Broadbill. We tried to look for more hornbills but the visibility did not improve. That makes our birding difficult. Along the walk outside the trail, we had Dark-sided Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher and Dark-necked Tailorbird. 

The crowd has entered the garden, so we continued our walk and tried to avoid the day tourists. We had 3 Red-bearded Bee-eater, Sooty Barbet, Black-crested Bulbul, Cinerous Bulbul, Black-headed Bulbul, Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike and Whiskered Treeswift. 

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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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