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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, 29 March 2016

AVIAN ID - Pipit for Id

Anyone can tell me what Pipit is this? Shot in Jeju Korea in Dec 2015

Monday, 28 March 2016

Avian Field Report - Sg Congkak Hulu Langat in the month of March 2016

The regular star of Sg Congkak still showing up in the month of March 2016. Supposedly there is a pair of them. This bird never fail to amaze all bird photogs here. As for me just shoot and go lor. I  really kowtow some of the guys who come here just to shoot the guys again and again They never seem to be happy with their "perfect" shot i guess.

 The Dark sided Flycatcher was at its favourite perch Occasionally it will chase the Asian Brown when the latter comes too near its position. The former is definitely bigger and stockier that the other.

The other high-light of the outing was the appearance of the uncommon Red-naped Trogon here in Hulu Langat. Whilst walking at the edge of the stream trail this pair pop out from the jungle fringe. This spell of mating time. Nesting may comes in the month of April-May.

The other winter visitor here is the Asian Drongo Cuckoo or the Square-tailed Drongo Cuckoo. Notice the square tail. It came as close as 15 ft perch vertically above me. They are curious bird as if it want attention. They will sit put for minutes looking at you  if it see you are not a threat.

In Congkak I have encounter most of spiderhunter species here. That includes the Long-billed (below), Yellow-eared (top), Spectacled and Little. I was hoping for my last lifer - the Thick-billed Spiderhunter to show up but fat hope maybe in Taman Negara Pahang or Rompin side


Several bulbuls were seen feed on remnant fruits at the carpark as shown below. Again my last lifer of the Black & White Bulbul has been elusive. I have to work hard and go to Taman Negara for that one.......................


The female Green-back FC is as tame as you can get everywhere you see them when wintering in peninsula. This was was shot from close quarters of just 15 ft as it eye the mealworm served by bird photogs.

Next weekend will be in Ipoh for ChingMing. So there will be opportunity to visit Sayong Forest Reserve or MalimNawar Will report on what I find there Cheers and Happy birding

Friday, 18 March 2016

Avian Field Report - Birding in Kemensah in the month of March 2016

Not being birding for awhile so last weekend I went to my nearest hunt in Kemensah to try out my luck. Hoping for the Ruddy K to turn up but zilt - no luck.  Saw a red & black broadbill diligently setting up its nesting. Its other half was not seen though.

In the month of March the migration of raptors is in full swing and the hot day creating strong  thermal which  helps the big birds to elevate themselves to glide home to northern hemisphere .

The blue-tailed bee-eaters are still hanging around in Kemensah
This swiftlet I cannot identify silhouetted by the shadow of the strong sun.

The Strip-throated and Black headed bulbuls are ever obliging for a shot .
The surprise catch for the day  is the Brown Hawk Owl which was seen roosting on a durian tree  in the late morning.