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 September 2017 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
480/688 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 . 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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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Avian Sighting in October 2017 - Juvenile Large Hawk Cuckoo

Last Sunday saw me showing Leow and his wifey Angie the birding ports in Genting Highland. Leow has just started bird photography a few months back. He have chalk up plenty of lifers in Sg Congkak, Frasers hill , Bukit Tinggi and Lancang but not in Genting Highlands like Bukit Chin Chin aka Ulu Kali .

We got this cute Juvenile visiting Cuckoo at Awana Port down in the valley at the gate end of the Awana  trail. Later they treated me to a sumptuous lunch at my regular restaurant at Genting Sempah - Summer Park. There surprise to see Ken with his in-laws who travelled all the way from Hartamas  to having lunch at the place. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Avian Video - Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler Duet

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This pair just pop by at the port we were shooting the Chestnut-winged Babbler.  Another bonus lifer for Ken. They would fly the four corners of where we were sitting in the open and on their last appearance they perch on an open branch as we click away for a good 3 minutes or so. What bird luck for us there and then.  So the MO is just sit low so that you not so intimidating and wait & wait for them guys. Never chase after them  and let them come out to you. Good luck.

This video was taken in FHD and converted to  HD MP4. Blogspot only allowed 100mb of content only. I do not have a FHD editing software. Is there any Free software in the internet...........

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Avian Sighting in October 2017 - Chestnut-winged Babbler

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 Its been awhile I got   the  chance to shoot  these enticing croonies. When we heard their chattering call across the road so I quickly played its call for the sake of Ken who have yet to get this lifer. We were actual waiting for the Scarlet-rumped Trogon to come out but it was not game. So our attention was diverted to the threesome babbler. Later another bigger babbler the Fluffy-backed Tit Babbler also drop by. So there was a bit of singing  competition in the bush undergrowth  where we were porting. The Rufous-tailed Tailorbird also join in later but it was too skittish.

Though it was a lifer for my birding pal; for me just to get some improve shots with my Fuji  XT-2. We were shooting at about 30 ft away Luckily the birds were very cooperative and slowly come out in the open. 

 I was shooting at 1/30s ISO on Auto the XT-2 put the aperture @ f5.2. There are plenty of blurred shots but you still get a handful of them sharp. counting feathers liao lol!  So it best to shoot in Hi speed as Babbler tends to have more movement when they get excited jumping in and out.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Avian Sighting in October 2017 - Maroon Woodpecker

The first weekend of October 2017 saw me going to Lanchang Pahang again trying to hunt for the Blyth's Frogmouth which I heard calling along a stretch there to Krau -  2 weeks back..Another failed sighting like  what happen at the Gap and  even Merapoh. This bird do not stay  for long at any one place from my encounters. And my sifu says its a much easier bird to see than the Gould's !  Dave I would like to differ.

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So no lifer for the month of October so far. But there  are plenty of opportunities to get improve shots of other lowland birds here in Lanchang like this Woodpecker

While we were shooting some babblers ; this busy body woodpecker just drop by at a nearby tree trunk about 50 away. It was a bit curious by the look of the second picture above lol.

It stay for less than a  minute but Ken and I manage to click some good shots in good lighting.

Avian Sighting in September 2017 - Pale Blue Flycatcher

The bird is a regular visitor to the Sg Congkak port for the past month or two.  It has matured beautifully and its color is now an uniformly blue without any speckles.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Avian Video - An emerald dove come and visit


This  female Emerald Dove drop by the Richmond port gave me some reprieve as I failed to get my lifer in the wee morning at the Gap. This is the best encounter in the open of this avianlicious bird with its glossy emerald green coat. I think it is a subadult as the feathers have yet to mature.

There were 3 immature OMR in different shades accompanying the former.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Dove 5/9 - Emerald Dove

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Kemensah have been amazing. Jason and I have some lifers here for past 2 weekends. The fruiting fig trees have been the attraction point here.

This a first encounter besides the Little Green Pigeon recently. The dove are found at open tracks feeding on ground especially nearby streams

Almost a footer in length so when its is about 40 ft away a photo like these ones are okay for id. The wings in emerald green and the white forehead and brow is it recognised features. The birds is often trapped by the kampung folks for their meat and this may have caused its population to dwindle......... now it is rarely seen.


Some improve shots of the Emerald Dove in Frasers Hill Pahang taken on 1 October 2017. It was a female bird with its uniform brown head. The male have greyish head do.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Avian Photo Gear - Canon EF 800mm f5.6 L & Canon EF 400mm DO L lens For Sale

Okay guys posting 2 different pre-owned super telephoto lens for SALE !!!!!

The first one  is the EF400mm f4 DO Price is going for only RM9,000 net. PM me for details.

The second one is the mighty EF 800mm f5.6 L lens which the owner is asking for RM22,000 only. PM me  your interest or offer - mikebirding@gmail.com and i will revert it to my friend.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Avian Sighting in September 2017 - Juvenile Chestnut-naped Forktail


The fledgling is growing &  maturing handsomely. It was less intimidated and came out to the road kerb to feed. Its parents remain at the back scene. It was an easy shoot at Sg Congkak so do go this next few weeks. Surprisely I was the only bugger there on 3rd weekend September though. Later about 10.00 am  Phillip a  budding birder and Khairil the national mountaineer join me at the port as the bird return every half an hour or so until we left  coming to noon. Khairil was hooked aka racun by me to go into bird photography since he do a lot of nature hiking on a full time basis and thus he will have plenty of opportunity to find rare birds and be a bird guide too.

We talk about his mountain exploits and have a bundle of stories in mountain climbing. In fact he have conquered all the peaks in Malaysia!. I suggested that he publish a book on his experience, exploits and conquest of all the mountain of Malaysia. Any one that can help him please whatsapps him   017 6887969

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Showing of its forktail  above; it is a male juvenile with its whitish throated and black-back. Once mature its throat will turn black but its scaly breast remains.  A female rufous chested flycatcher was the cameo at the port but it was a hit and fly situation. It will perch under the undergrowth of the nearby tree there and come out  when the forktail is not around. If the latter remains too long it would attack the young forktail as if its the master of the port.

Most of the shots were taken at 1/30s or 1/60s ISO auto mode max to 3200. The noise level is still bearable even in heavy crop. Shooting at about 30-40ft away.

As you notice my photos of recent  are somewhat better in resolution and contrasty compared to  my previous Canon 7D so I have  no regrets moving to Fuji X-T2. I am still hoping for a superzoom 400-600mm f4 from Fuji......................


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Avian Sighting in September 2017 - Rufous-browed Flycatcher

 The Rufous-browed Flycatcher is  now  a regular appearant  at the   Pygmy Wren-babbler port further down from its regular site at  Hermant's side. With good lighting in the open I managed some improved shots. In fact my best so far shooting at a distance of  25 ft away in the open!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Avian Bird Site 4a/10 - Frasers Hill Richmond Road Port

It was about 2.00pm after my chinese fried rice lunch at the esplanade. Price gone up to RM8.50 a plate with chinese sausage and egg. Surprise to see James ( and  his bird tour group he was leading ) having their lunch in the same restaurant. 
 I decided to pop by the ole hunt at Richmond before returning to KL  

Upon arriving at the port a foursome  of  Chestnut-crowned Laughing thrushes were already waiting together with the Magpie Robins. As I scatter some corn feed and plays the call of the partridge within a minute or so the patriarch bird ascended from the ravine to my surprise.  The other 4 birds follow suit one by one with caution.

So there was me alone shooting in the open at a distance of 30-35ft across the road where they have place several concrete drain for your convenient. Photo above saw one of them  squat down ready to  spring back to the ravine when it was  spooked by some movement or sound.

My shooting was cut short when it started drizzling as I bid farewell to them. I was hoping  to  shoot the Emerald Dove at close quarters which do drop by in the early morning and late evening. Until next time........

Monday, 18 September 2017

Avian Sighting September 2017 - Juvenile Black & Crimson Oriole

Saw this Juvenile  BC Oriole chasing its Father  asking for food. It perch for a moment under thick foliage for me to snap some record shots. The speckled buff breast indicate its an immature bird. 
The shot taken in the early morning halfway up the Gap Bukit Fraser Pahang.

This time the Fuji X-T2 at the right setting; nailed the shot but the distance across the ravine at 50 feet struggled for details or higher reso. The foreground foliage  was not  a hindrance to the Fuji focussing.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Avian Sighting in September 2017 - Close encounter of the Grey-bellied Bulbul

This a fine specimen that I encounter in BT in perfect feathers. This is my best shot of the Grey-bellied from my many earlier encounters. Though backlighted the Fuji X-T2 struggle a bit not because of its capability but I forgot to switch to "single' S focusing and not the "Continuous" C mode which have hindered many poor shot for the past weeks. In C mode there is no AF confirmation beep and the focusing hunt in the low light condition bird shoot.

Thank Alan YL for the pointer. I was worried something went utterly wrong with my camera that it has to be sent back to Fuji.