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MikeBirder - Malaysian Birds


Welcome to my Malaysian Birding Blog. I migrated to as my blog at 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. Coming to May 2020 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
539/688 species of birds of Malaysia in photos.

My shooting gear was a EF400mm f4 DO lens and Canon 7D body which to me is the ideal setup for mobility and bird chasing at that time. 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%. In December 2018 I acquired the Nikon Coolpix P1000 as supplementary camera for distance shooting of 3000mm.
Meantime I am hoping Sigma or Fuji will come out with with a 200-600mm lens for my Fuji body. As for a new body I will only consider an upgrade when the megapixel hit 30..........

I am a weekend birder. Do feel free to drop me a line at 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. This I did in 2018 to Sepilok Sandakan and Kinabalu Park. Next Danum and LahatDatu.......

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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Thursday, 13 December 2012

CUCKOOSHRIKE 2/3 - Javan Cuckooshrike

Javan cuckooshrike

Thought I have listed this one in my blog when I sighted in Fraser's Hill few years back. This one is a montane bird upto 2,500m . I have yet to come across picture record of the Javan in Cameron though.

The other subspecies is the Lesser CS which is more common at lowland broadleaved jungle like Sg Congkak Ulu Langat. Anyway the Javan is a large bird ; size slightly short of a foot. It likes to hang around on high canopy like sentinel of the hill le. Mostly grey in color with a dark grey eye mask and darker wing coat. Feeds on insects especially moths and also fruits and berries.

They breed and nest form the months of Mar-May; building cup like nest on high canopy of 15 m. So tough to see.
This female came very close to me & Yen during a outing at Ulu Kali. It was attracted by the playback of the Minla I was calling. It also responded with its scrolling yerrking call for a period of time. Size a footer. It can be mistaken for a house crow from its silhouette looking from afar. The male have darker feathers to its head and body minus the barring

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

CUCKOOSHRIKE 1/3 - Lesser Cuckooshrike

Lesser Cuckooshrike
A lifer for the day in Sg Congkak Ulu Langat. Greyish bird with bar breasted for the female The male is the plainer guy this time round.

BARBET 10/12 - Black-browed Barbet

Black-browed Barbet

This is Barbet no 10 and a lifer. It was hanging out with a pair of Fire-tufted Luckily it was not shy and feed on the berries without any concern as I and Lim kept snapping at it for a good 10-15 mins . It got tired of eating or is it our flashing.... and just perched on a branch hidden inconspiciously. We left for Awana trail to try to catch the Trogon

BARBET 9/10 - Blue-eared Barbet

Blue-eared Barbet

A terrible shot from 40ft up. The bunch of them feeding on ficus fruit high up.

Size is terribly small slight 6 inches and commonly found in highlands upto 1500m. The Malaysian one has black eared covert with red patches; black eye band and black collared

May 2019 Bukit Tinggi Pahang 

BARBET 8/12 - Sooty Barbet

Sooty Barbet

Amongst the barbets in my collection this is by far the dullest and plainest .....kind of the ugly duckling. Looks like a crow but brown in color and half the size. It name changed when it splitted form the Borneo Brown Barbet of late.