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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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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

OWL 7/16 - Barred Eagle Owl

Yahoo!!!! First owl captured in the wild. And best of all there were a pair of Barred Eagle Owl. I think the whitish browed one is a juvenile with its parent. Breaking the egg will start the owls rolling in I hope. Will get more in Penang bird park in 2 weeks time............

A beautiful rounded and broad bird of about 46 cm tall. They are one of the bigger residents of Malaysia. Found in broadleaved evergreen forest, plantation and sometime reside in suburb naturalised wood park. In this case Shah Alam.

Give out this monotone quiet whining quack which give it away. Approachable to 40-60 ft if you are patient. Stay at middle storey of shady trees facing open ground looking for preys...........of course they are resting in the day.

Monday, 11 August 2014

AVIAN SIGHTING 5/100 - Scaly-breasted Bulbul

I would rate the scaly-breasted  the most avianlicous and striking bulbul in Malaysia. I  never kind of get to see them at lower storey. Usually they are sighted at 25-30 ft  from the ground. There is a place  at Awana Genting  that you can encounter this specie 8/10 times. The other place to see this specie is at 12 mile  ole Gombak road.

August is post nesting time  and birdlife is expected to be dull. Bird luck to you guys.............................

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

AVIAN FIELD REPORT 4/100 - Ole Pumphouse Trail Awana Genting in the month July 2014

The gate was wide open on that weekend of July  for maintenance.  There are big sign  "Restricted Area"  & "Trespasser will be Prosecuted" place on the gate.  I took my chance and sneaked through while a lorry with grass cutters entered. I must say the old hunt is  avianlicious from the start of the trail with plenty of bird calls but mostly in the clear storey.

The road trail was very tidy and most of the undergrowth at the ravine were cleared. The fruiting trees brought plenty of action but the  birdwave was scarced and limited to a few species at a time.

There were a threesome bronze Drongos hanging about. 

 A juvenile spectacled spiderhunter did show up while the Collared Owlet was calling across the ravine. 

Friday, 1 August 2014

AVIAN NESTING 3/100 - Ruby-cheeked Sunbird July 2014

 Sunbird nest are often found right smack in the open.  In the case of this Ruby-cheeked Sunbird  it is hanging above a trail about 3m high. It is messy  clump of root mesh, leaves and twigs binded with plenty of spider-web unlike the tidy broadbill nest.

So July is still a good month for nesting sighting. The both of the parents do incubate the eggs.
Their head will be tugged outside vigilant of intruders.

During Raya visit I was saddened that the entire nest was missing from the tree and the remnant cannot be found in the surrounding ground. Another failed nesting after the Green Broadbill and mating Rufous collared. Who is to blame............................

On the bright side  I saw the Black-naped Monarch with its fledgling near the second hut.