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, 18 May 2017

Avian Nesting Fail May 2017 - Asian Paradise Flycatcher

I think this pair have been nesting  at Merapoh year on year.  Early  April 2017 I saw their first nest been abandoned after some inclement weather  or the spot was too exposed and busy. They started building an alternative nest away from people which is in  a ravine just like last year. Hopefully it will be successful this time round. There is no  Drongo nesting in sight nearby..............

Both the Male and Female take part in making up the nest. The female tends to bring in white fungi or cobweb which it camo the external while the male bring in the green moss and twigs. The birds were seen pushing their belly deep into the hollow to compact the wall. The female can expect to start laying eggs once the dry weather kick in May. Usually within 7-10 days of  eggs will hatch. The feeding and fending the nest will last another 2.5 weeks.

The first weekend  of May I heard of the good news that 3 hatchlings were sighted. Later in late 2nd week of May it was reported there was only one hatchling left.  Worse the nest perch was found to be trimmed barren of leaves and branches. It is sad to says these selfish attitude and unethical behaviour of fellow bird photogs never end. Don't you think the barren nest looks so unnatural. Just wanting the perfect full frame shot to boost about; "you" photog do not care for the welfare of the birds is really sickening to many including me.

As of 18th May news arrived from a fellow birder the last chick has gone missing. Whether it was abandoned by the parent because of the over-exposed nest and or  bird-photogs "harrassment" or taken as prey by another predatory bird like barbet or owl; I still blame the bird photog who trim the tree down and expose the nest in the first place.
Bad karma to you!!!!