Mike Birder - Malaysian Birds

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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 January 2017 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
473/668 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.

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 . Overnite trip to Merapoh & Cameron, Air Hitam and further north to Kuala Sidim is a seldom affair and when the family permit. 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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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

DUCK 7/15 - Mallard





Ducks are rarity which do visit  Peninsula Malaysia. They are categorises as vagrant and  Mallard is one of them. I have yet to see any sighting in Malaysia except the domesticated one that origin from this species. The photos I shot are in Jeju Korea whilst holidaying in December 2015.


Mallards usually occur throughout North America and Eurasia in ponds and parks as well as wilder wetlands and estuaries. The male’s gleaming green head, gray flanks, and black tail-curl arguably make it the most easily identified duck. Mallards have long been hunted for the table.


Mallards are large ducks with hefty bodies, rounded heads, and wide, flat bills. Like many “dabbling ducks” the body is long and the tail rides high out of the water, giving a blunt shape. In flight their wings are broad and set back toward the rear


Male Mallards (as in top picture) have a dark, iridescent-green head and bright yellow bill. The gray body is sandwiched between a brown breast and black rear. Females and juveniles are mottled brown with orange-and-brown bills. Both sexes have a white-bordered, blue “speculum” patch in the wing.


Mallards are “dabbling ducks”—they feed in the water by tipping forward and grazing on underwater plants. They almost never dive. They can be very tame ducks especially in city ponds, and often group together with other Mallards and other species of dabbling ducks.


Mallards can live in almost any wetland habitat, natural or artificial. They are monogamous and paired for life but the male do have "extra marital affairs"  lol. Look for them on lakes, ponds, marshes, rivers, and coastal habitats, as well as city and suburban parks and residential backyards.











Sunday, 6 December 2015

Avian Sighting - When the Ficus tree fruits the birds congregate


The solitary ficus tree of the Japanese Garden is an attraction for many frugivorous birds.  The barbets are the predominant ones as size matters. Mark was there to catch the Sultan Tit but alas it was a no show. My apology to Sim for not calling him out to bird as I had a target bird to catch..............

Vincent was there too and gave me a lot of tips on how to catch my lifer. I guess I have to make more often trips next year as 2015 is coming to a close.














It fruited again in month of May 2016