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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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Birding Site - Revisiting Bukit Rengit in the month of July 2017

Saturday the wifey and daughter at TzeChi camp so after dropping them  I drove myself to Bukit Rengit to see what the old hunt have to offer. Reaching the port  at about 7.45am I was surprise there is nobody around.

The daylight was very good but harsh. There was plenty of birds call and the familiar bellowing call of the Malayan Rail-Babbler was refreshing in the early hour. I really have not get any good pictures of it since my  early encounter last year.

The Hairy-backed Bulbul with its whitish-yellow eye patch was the first bird that came out in the open. Cannot  see the hair on the back though. Possibly a immature one with its parent.

The Ferruginous  babbler is the second bird to appear bwsides the White-rumped Sharma and a family of Oriental Magpie Robin with a fledgling.

YES!  The star bird is out looking for a mate from its expression and moves. It is quite active and adventurous coming out in the open every hour or so.  At times it will walk along the trunk from left to right and right to left. My Fuji XT-2 somewhat was not in its usual self and focus hunt in the dim condition.  Shooting  at ISO 3200 in speed below 1/30s

Above the Yellow-breasted Bulbul  comes in a pair. The Black-throated Babbler below  is a new comer to the port whilst  the  Black-capped are the common ones.The rarity would be the White-necked Babbler which I have seen at the right side of the road between  Deerland entrance and road-turning. You never know what will pop out like the Banded Kingfisher at the this hunt.

 Short-tailed was late to join the party and the Sharma was collecting the mealworm in beakful to feed its hatchling somewhere behind.