Mike Birder - Malaysian Birds


Welcome to my Malaysian Birding Blog. I migrated to blogspot.com as my blog at multiply.com closed shop in 2012. I wish to showcase all Malaysian birds that I have photographed whether here or overseas. My countdown of lifers started in 2005. As of March 2018 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
492/688 species of birds of Malaysia.

My shooting gear are a EF400mm f4 DO lens and Canon 7D body which to me is the ideal setup for mobility and bird chasing. Eventhen the weight over my shoulder is more that 5.5 kg. As of June 2016 I have also acquired a Fuji XF 100-400mm OIS lens to complement my travelling cum birding trip overseas. The Fuji X-T2 is now in hand ; the weight over my shoulder is much lighter now by 30%.

I am a weekend birder. Do feel free to drop me a line at mikebirding@gmail.com and I see whether you can tag along in my outings. My usual day trip is just an hour ride away to Hulu Langat, Lancang, Kemensah, Krau, Awana, Hulu Kali, Gombak Ole Road, Fraser's Hill , Bukit Tinggi and KSNP & Coastal Sg Janggut Jeram side of the coast . Overnite trip to Merapoh & Cameron, Air Hitam and further north to Kuala Sidim is a seldom affair but for lifer we travel. Panti in Johor is another good birding site that I yet to go. Then there are the Borneo birds of Sabah and Sarawak of Malaysia which I seriously much go to chalk up more lifers

WARNING Birding is an addiction once you started its hard to stop. The wifey and children are now birding widow and orphan.



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Friday, 16 March 2018

FERAL 3/10 - Guinea Fowl

Guinea Fowl
This is a feral or domesticated bird from Africa ...................reared as pets for their beauty and eggs. Do not see them been eaten here in Malaysia maybe for their eggs ..........

It can be seen kampong and village

New photo uploaded 130318 Free range birds in Janda Baik Pahang. A dozen or so roaming the resort Bidai Sari compound and its jungle fringe.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Avian Sighting - Mandarin Duck

Male above ...........Female below

Last weekend I visited Janda Baik  outback and the many homestay and village resort I was hoping to see the  rare Asian Emerald Cuckoo or its like at the many fruit farm there. I ended in Bidai Sari Resort where they have some open range ponds where they keep a collection of ducks . There  are 2 pair of Mandarin duck which you can shot in full frame in open enclosure. I think you can also see it in Perdana Bird Park KL.

It is a bird of South East Asia and recorded as a vagrant in Central Thailand but  very unlikely to see in the wild in Malaysia except in  captivity reared by private individual.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

WADER (57/60) - Ruff (Lifer 492)

There were a threesome of Ruff  sighted at one of many  fast drying pond in Malim Nawar. The Ruff is a visiting wader to Peninsula.  My hope of the bird reaching further down south from its usual appearance in Seberang Perai up north  came true this 2018 Chinese New Year period. Thanks you Qayyum for the head up. I believe they will be staying for another good month or so if food is still aplenty. It tends to wade in leg deep waters when feeding amonst other birds. It is gregarious in nature and can be seen in small group of 3-5 birds and keeping closeby together.

Ruff is a medium-sized wader  a footer in length. It breeds in wet land & marshes  across northern Euro-Asia. This highly gregarious sandpiper  and winter in  southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. The ruff has a distinctive gravy boat appearance, with a small head, medium-length bill with a kink, longish neck and pot-bellied body. It has long legs that are variable in colour but usually yellow or orange. In flight, it has a deeper, slower wing stroke than other waders of a similar size, and displays a thin, indistinct white bar on the wing, and white ovals on the sides of the tail.

Male Ruff when breeding will moult into a beautiful ruff  or fluffy neck plummage in  May-June back in the northern hemisphere. We will never see it  here in Peninsula.... sigh.

I and my buddies covered  all ponds but failed to see them. Later while directing the search of savannah nightjar at the sand dune I realise I forgot the key pond adjacent to the main lake. Scouring the pond from afar 300m I notice some waders amongst the big black -shouldered Stilts. I left Ken and Al behind and told them what I saw.... Reaching about 100 m I started shooting in  open sight by them. I call up the guys to come over to shoot. I dare not move nearer as it will scare the birds.
Unfortunately the buffaloes started to move away to the birds direction thus spooking the birds before they reached my post. Sorry guys.

As usual the water buffaloes are every where. They can be quite intimidating as the patriarch stare thru you. Usually it will back off if you are firm and hold your ground even when it charge are you.

 There are three species of terns you can tick up as lifers here in MN the Whiskered, White-winged and Little

 Wish the left one is a  White-headed Stilt with its black mane compared to the cleaner neck of the Black-winged. My sifu ask me to check their call when I am there again. 
Its call is a bit "yap-yap -yap " which defers with the common Black-winged which  sound like "kik kik kik". Below are another pair at a different pond but the black mane are less distinct.

Also in the wish list was the White-shouldered Starling  but we got only the Daurian /Purple-backed.

 What pipit is this ........the common paddyfield. Still waiting for the Richard's to appear.....

 Plenty of close encounter of the Pied Fantail along the track as  courting has begun......

 The beautiful Swamphen  are also active 

 A pair of Garganey ducks was also sighted from afar. No rare duck sighted.

Monday, 26 February 2018

MARTIN (1/3 )- Sand Martin ( Lifer 491)

Sand Martin from China or India continent regularly winters in the Tropics including  Peninsula Malaysia  as one of its destination Every year  without fail they can bes een in Malim Nawar with its many water bodies which serves as food source for swallow species.

It can be seen hanging around together with the other  Barn Swallow and Pacific until month of March or so before returning to their breeding grounds back home. They are active sallying for insects and drop by to rest on  cables lines and fences near the ex mining ponds.

Its brown back with a brown chest band and cleavage, white throat, small size 6 inches  long and quick jerky flight separate it at once from similar swallows. Photo below on the right is the Barn Swallow which you can mistakenly id as the former........

Thursday, 8 February 2018

AVIAN CALL - Coppersmith Barbet

 The call of this colorful barbet  is very common in suburb and neighborhood parks and public garden. Its hooting bellow can heard continuously  for minutes a time.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Avian Field Report January 2018 - Fraser Hill

The female White-tailed Robin was one of the highlight of day trip. It was alone. I managed just a few shots as it post in 2 position at MWT Stream port.  After that it flew upstream never to return. The Large Niltava and another rufous-browed FC was also sighted there.

The Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo and its offspring  stayed for a while at Hermant's port. The Square-tailed and non stubbed crest is the id features. Meanwhile the RH Trogon has gone awol for the past weeks due to the wet weather.

At the next port the Pygmy Wrenbabbler  was grabbing the offered mealworms for its mating ritual I think.  

The buff-breasted  Babbler was sighted in 2 location diagonally opposite the golf course. One time at the Hermant's port and the other at the stream port

The last port I visited was the Richmond's Port past noon. The Hill partridges did not appear during the hour I was there.

A single visiting female Mugimaki has made its stop at the Hermant's Port. Now and then the Rufous-browed would come out to chase it away.

The second highlight of my outing is the rarity Large Scimitar  Babbler. A fluke find while strolling along the road to Silverpark. Heard the thunderous call of a pair of them in the ravine. The pair of birds were loud & rowdy as usual. Knowing their  skulking  habit; may as well try my luck  and descend the trail following the direction of the call to look for it. After dueting for more than 10 minutes! one of them just pop out from afar as I struggle to focus amongst the foreground of branches. I dare not move from behind the tree trunk I was hiding and manual focus the best that I can.

These were my best shot from a distance of 200ft or so. The Large Scimitar Babbler was my only second encounter with pictures in Bukit Fraser.

Previously I seen it at Telekom loop but this time round it was at Bishop Trail.