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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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

AVIAN Video - Malayan Hill Partridge feeding

This my second sighting for this bird. The last time was years back in Gunung Brincang Cameron. That time I was driving in my car along the road trail passed the last cabbage patch into the Brincang forest edge I chance on a family of 6-8 birds.

My second sighting in June 2016 in Fraser's Hill was in good light but in drizzling condition. So I have to shoot from my car. It was good and long appearance cut short by another car insisting of come thru the deadend road at Richmond's as I have to make way for it. I guess he was unfamiliar with the place. So the session end there as I left for Kl at about 4.30pm. 

The bird  must be already a Lupsap bird to many as I was totally alone during the weekend to shot the bird. Come to think about it that weekend  I did not come across any  bird photogs in the entire FH except resident birder Durai.

One of the bird has a conspicuous reddish skin on its throat. It is quite dominant and first to come out. Do not look like  an injury or could it be a fighting injury. That evening I saw  five of them came up from the ravine to rummage  for food. In this case seeds and corn pulp left by fellow birders. Their routine is now very erratic. Sometime they can pop in the dawn or not at all. In the afternoon session it can be from noon until 5pm or it may skip the entire day.  So bird luck to those who has yet to get this rarity lifer.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Avian Sighting & Avian Call - Family of Large Niltavas Fraser's Hill (Post-nesting)

The Male juvenile was the most daring and would stay close to 10 ft of you  even when you approach it. The video is the female adult calling in response to a wrenbabbler.....
The female juvenile 

 A Family of 4 in the month of June 2016 at the corner between of Hermann's and Bishop Trail. The Adult female was a bit skittish and stays in the undergrowth unless you move away at 20-30 ft it will drop by the feeding station.. The Adult Male and its juvenile male stays together whilst the juvenile female prefers to stay with its mum. How ironic is this............

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Avian ID - Flycatcher for ID

 Anyone can id  flycatcher shown here. Taken in June2016 half way up Fraser's Hill. It has a uniform greyish/brown throat until belly.............Thanks

Sunday, 19 June 2016

WOODPECKER 22/23 - Greater Yellownape Woodpecker

Another lifer for the month of June 2016. Bungled the shot  whilst shooting from the car amongst the foreground foliage. I was literally reversing and tranversing to get a better shot. When I embark from the car it flew away.... sign.  Later replied to my call but did not come out from the ravine below.  This is at Jeriau side of  Fraser's Hill. There is a pair of them there. If you see a tree with plenty of ants its a good chance to get the bird. So far that I know it quite common to see it here but the stretch of road  is too long 3 klicks  to chance on it. Will have to redo the shot now that I know where you are.

This is the female drinking water from the tree trunk hollow.....stale water  hmm
It is not really that large a woodie at 1 feet or 31cm in length. On the hand  the Lesser is about 2 inche inches shorter.  It has olive green back with prominent yellow-crested nape and throat (male). Dark olive green face with grey underparts. Crown brownish and flight feathers chestnut barred with black. Bill often looks whitish blue.

Now is to search for the Grey headed Woodpecker which was seen by Neoh  in Gunung Brincang in misty condition.  If not need to go to KCC Thailand as reported by Jeff O.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

AVIAN video - Fire-tufted Barbet close up

The colours of the fire-tufted is as awesome as the Common Green Magpie which you can see here in Fraser's Hill. Jelai is the place to see up close. I was fortunate to tumpang  fellow birders from Thailand who placed out a fruit feast for the birds there. Getting full frame shots bring out the colors and feathers of this bird  was just wonderful.

I did not know you eat papaya ..........lol

Monday, 13 June 2016

PIGEON 9/12 - Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon

This is my  lifer no 6 for the year 2016; the birds are trickling in rather slowly as you pass the 450 mark for a weekend birder like me. Met Danny boy  a very long time birding acquintance and Melaka  Ang when I was in Fraser's Hill last weekend 12 June 2016.  The encounter was about more than an hour in the evening session at about 4pm. They are usually 2-3 of them. Pigeon are one of the species that pair for life.

After feeding the sleepy mood. It will start eating again after a few minutes of rest

The acrobatic ethic of the pigeon earlier in the encounter left us frustrated as it feed behind the heavy foliage and branches in between. It finally settle down as we patiently waited for an opening to get a full clear shot. Pigeons of the wild kind usually feed in the canopy in my many encounters prefering fig mulberries  and  fruits of the tiniest kind.

The wedge-tailed green pigeon or Kokla green pigeon (Treron sphenurus) is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is greenish yellow with wedge shaped tail. with a  rounded tip.  The crown is tinged with orange-rufous with variable amount of maroon on back and scapulars in male but absent in female. 

Malaysia Peninsula subspecies robinsoni; the male  has no rufous apricot crown or breasted and is slightly smaller at 29cm slightly smaller than the rock pigeon (33cm) as a comparison. 

It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. It ranges across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam.  Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. In Malaysia it is easier to see in the hill forest like Fraser's Hill or
Cameron Highland.

This is the male.

It has a nice blue tinged  iris and beak compared to the Yellow-vented (which I yet to see)  which the latter has an extended blue eyering & lore. The male have a maroon patch to its shoulder wing.

Next Targets are the Yellow-vented  (Kledang) followed by Large Green (Bukit Larut) & the Cinnamon-headed (Panti/Singapore).

Monday, 6 June 2016

AVIAN Video - Brown Hawk Owl roosting in the day

Nocturnal birds like owls, frogmouths and nightjars usually stay roosting  in the day. So whenever you see one they are not perturb to fly away unless you are really too close for comfort.

Friday, 3 June 2016