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 January 2017 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
477/668 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.

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 . Overnite trip to Merapoh & Cameron, Air Hitam and further north to Kuala Sidim is a seldom affair and when the family permit. 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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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Avian Video - Malayan Rail Babbler looking for mate


This is a Full HD version using Fuji XT-2. Have not try our its 4K recording......maybe next time. THis was shot in low light at speed 1/30s. What are your thoughts.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Birding Site - Revisiting Bukit Rengit in the month of July 2017

Saturday the wifey and daughter at TzeChi camp so after dropping them  I drove myself to Bukit Rengit to see what the old hunt have to offer. Reaching the port  at about 7.45am I was surprise there is nobody around.

The daylight was very good but harsh. There was plenty of birds call and the familiar bellowing call of the Malayan Rail-Babbler was refreshing in the early hour. I really have not get any good pictures of it since my  early encounter last year.

The Hairy-backed Bulbul with its whitish-yellow eye patch was the first bird that came out in the open. Cannot  see the hair on the back though. Possibly a immature one with its parent.

The Ferruginous  babbler is the second bird to appear bwsides the White-rumped Sharma and a family of Oriental Magpie Robin with a fledgling.

YES!  The star bird is out looking for a mate from its expression and moves. It is quite active and adventurous coming out in the open every hour or so.  At times it will walk along the trunk from left to right and right to left. My Fuji XT-2 somewhat was not in its usual self and focus hunt in the dim condition.  Shooting  at ISO 3200 in speed below 1/30s

Above the Yellow-breasted Bulbul  comes in a pair. The Black-throated Babbler below  is a new comer to the port whilst  the  Black-capped are the common ones.The rarity would be the White-necked Babbler which I have seen at the right side of the road between  Deerland entrance and road-turning. You never know what will pop out like the Banded Kingfisher at the this hunt.

 Short-tailed was late to join the party and the Sharma was collecting the mealworm in beakful to feed its hatchling somewhere behind.

Pelagic 6/30 Lifer 477 - Laughing Gull

This another oversea birding catch. As for me a Malaysia lifer is a lifer where ever I see it.............

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Avian Video - Copper-throated Sunbird


Testing Canon 7D HD 720 recording.  Give me your comment.......................

Pelagic 5/30 Lifer 476 - Lesser Crested Tern

This pelagic bird is seldom seen inshore but sometimes like in Melaka  or Seberang Prai you may chance upon it perch on rc  or bakau poles.

The Greater Crested Tern is the other cousin you can see more often to Jojor shores. Up north Penang is a rarity

My take in Cancun Mexico

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Avian Sighting July 2017 - Dollarbird

 The dollarbird  can be seen more often at coastal area than in the hither-land (inland) like in Rengit or Air Hitam SP. I believe when they are pairing & breeding mode they go further into hither-land  jungle.  I was lucky to catch this one  at eye level off the trail in Tanjung Karang Kuala Selangor  about 50-60 ft out . It was a solitary bird perched on a flimsy skin of a palm trunk. It would sally to catch flying insect or hopped to the ground to pick grubs.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Pelagic 4/30 Lifer 475 in the month July 2017 - Christmas Island Frigatebird

A rare sighting of a lone vagrant in the month of July 2017 at  a coastal fishing estuary Tanjung Karang Selangor. There are 3 species of Frigatebird you can spot in Peninsula Malaysia. This is the most common one.

The white bellied of the bird indicate it is the Christmas Island specie whilst the whitish head indicate its a juvenile. The Christmas Island frigatebird is the ninth most evolutionary distinct and globally endangered bird in the world. Australia shares this bird with Indonesia. Christmas Island is its home and the only place in the world where it breeds and nests in the forest canopy. The male frigatebird has a bright red throat pouch called a ‘gular’, that it blows up like a fancy balloon to attract females during the mating season. It takes at least 15 months for a pair of Christmas Island Frigatebirds to raise one chick to independence, and the birds can live as long as 50 years. Frigatebirds primarily forage in the ocean for food, scooping marine organisms such as fish and squid. Over-fishing in its south-east habitat effects food availability for the frigatebird, contributing to the decline of the species.

The bird was sighted in the afternoon when the fishing boats were returning to port of call. Probably it was following them for a free makan as the fisherman throw back their unwanted catch.

 At the shore sandbund this Braminy Kite dive into a grey heron with a big catch  trying to intimidate it to discard the fish but was not successful. Along the sandy patch  were a bunch of 20 whimbrels which were feeding...................