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 April 2018 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
494/688 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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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

CUCKOO (1/14) Violet Cuckoo

Bird luck is coming back I guess. This is my second sighting of the Violet Cuckoo since started birding for the past 7-8 years. Yes its been that long.The problem why it is seldom seen is that they prefer to stay at upper storey of trees. If it is curious enough it can be call down. In my case a pair were seen; a juvenile male (pic1) the yellow beak is the telltale and the other moulting male. They were hunting at a caterpillar ravaged tree. To me it is very odd that there is a pair together. It would be everybody's dream to see a parasitic brood. I can only guess it is a babbler species.

The VC and the Asian Emerald Cuckoo are the most colorful cuckoo subspecies you can see in Malaysia. It is about 16cm long and has effervescent violet-purple hue back. Best to see it in the sunshine. This is another lowland Cuckoo, but could also be seen in low hills. During non breeding season, the bird could descend to domestic gardens in search of grubs and caterpillars on twigs and tree trunks; its favorite diet.

The bird is resident in Indian sub-continent, Andaman and greater Sundas and now it is believed that they have set foot as resident in Malaysia as it can be seen through out the year.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

FANTAIL (3/3) - Spotted Fantail

This is the prettiest of the 3 subspecies that you can see in Malaysia. The Spotted Fantail is a forest bird. As far as I know it can be seen in Taman Negara Pahang and Panti Forest Johor. Here it can be sighted in birdwave together with the Brown Fulvetta just like its cousin in the submontane region following the chattery Mountain Fulvetta.

In the month of August the bird is a bit skittish and criss crossing the undergrowth and trees. They kept to the shadows & denser shade of the trees making it tough for me to get  a good photo. There were a threesome most possibly a pair of parent and their fledgling learning the ropes.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

IORA (1/3) - Green Iora

Basing on Sifu Tou comments the last time; this must be the one ie with yellowish barring on the wings and a pale yellow eye ring whilst the overall coat is greenish olive.

This passerine bird is a resident of Malaysia. It is about 5 inches (12.5-15cm) and it usually stays on top storey but can be called to eye level in open area and fringe of broadleaved forest upto 900m. It also can be found in mangrove forest.

They crouch over flowers, foliage and twigs looking for insect and grubs. Breeding season is spread wide from Dec-Sept. The nest is placed 1-10m above the ground in a fork or directly on the bark surface. Lays 2-3 eggs .It is a common Brood parasitism for Banded Bay Cuckoo.