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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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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Avian Sighting Melawati - The migrants are coming..................

The month of October 2015  see the wintering birds arriving in the hazy condition in Klang Valley. Amongst the first Kingfisher is the Common. The Plaintive Cuckoo is a regular sighting here in Melawati.whilst the Arctic Warbler and Asian Brown FC is a sure see here too.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Avian Sighting 14/100 - Blue Nuthatch

 Awana still have many blooming fauna. NK & Dr R wanting to bird with me last weekend so I obliged to show them the ole hunt. We encountered 2 birdwaves. The earliest was at 9.30 am. The Blue Nuthatch is another laggard in the birdwave.  This time there were a pair and they stayed for a while for my gang to shot.  They were posing in various gravity defying manoeuvre -  upside down sideway you name it.....

 The other birds avian sightings worthy of postings are as below. The hazy month of October 2015 (no thanks to Indonesia) make photography a bit more challenging in the highland here in Awana. I hope NK and Dr R manage better shots than me......................and yes the migrants are trickling in - a tiger shrike was sighted but  no wagtails though.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Avian Sighting 13/100 - Sultan Tit of Awana

The Sultan Tit is a majestic bird in royal yellow. It is commonly sighted in a birdwave in Awana usually following the leading birds of the Grey Minivets. Their stay is brief and will move on within seconds so you must be ever ready with your setup to snap away whenever there is a perched opportunity.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Avian Sighting 12/100 - Lesser Yellow Naped Woodpecker

The Lesser Yellow-naped  is common woodpecker that you can see in Awana. This one was found resting quietly for a long period at noon at the ravine edge at the Chin Swee Temple near the pagoda.
I was using my Nikon  P900 superzoom 2000mm for this shot. If it is a moving bird it will be tough for me.