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, 10 December 2014

AVIAN FIELD REPORT 6/100 - Birding again in December 2014 - Krau & Bukit Lancang Pahang

After a  hiatus from birding for the past two months I visited one of my lowland forest hunt in Krau. I am sorry to report the devastation of trees and clearing on both side of the road had worsen and the Tiger sanctuary work is progressing so slowly as if it will be abandoned soon. 

Birding at the road side is no longer bearable and birdlife has dwindled to zilt along almost the entire stretch from Deerland until the RC bridge. Met a threesome  birders who agreed that bird life  in many places even in Fraser Hill have been somewhat boring. See if you know these guys in the picture. 

At times just shot some flora  the avian fauna just kept hidden in the undergrowth or high in the canopy. The birds are just not responding to the guys recording to come out into the open. This include the Banded Kingfisher, Red-bearded Bee eater, Diard's Trogon and Rail Babbler to name a few. The two birds worth posting is the Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo and faraway one of the group of 4-5 rowdy Black Hornbill. 

After just three hours I left the place and visited this large waterscape along the Kuantan highway (Left background). The emptiness of the lake and its surrounding devour of birdlife is eerie. Yes I did see a Purple Heron flying away but I have not encounter migrant ducks  at this tranquail shallow lake ever since visiting this freshwater estuary.