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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, 30 January 2018

Avian Field Report January 2018 - Fraser Hill

The female White-tailed Robin was one of the highlight of day trip. It was alone. I managed just a few shots as it post in 2 position at MWT Stream port.  After that it flew upstream never to return. The Large Niltava and another rufous-browed FC was also sighted there.

The Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo and its offspring  stayed for a while at Hermant's port. The Square-tailed and non stubbed crest is the id features. Meanwhile the RH Trogon has gone awol for the past weeks due to the wet weather.

At the next port the Pygmy Wrenbabbler  was grabbing the offered mealworms for its mating ritual I think.  

The buff-breasted  Babbler was sighted in 2 location diagonally opposite the golf course. One time at the Hermant's port and the other at the stream port

The last port I visited was the Richmond's Port past noon. The Hill partridges did not appear during the hour I was there.

A single visiting female Mugimaki has made its stop at the Hermant's Port. Now and then the Rufous-browed would come out to chase it away.

The second highlight of my outing is the rarity Large Scimitar  Babbler. A fluke find while strolling along the road to Silverpark. Heard the thunderous call of a pair of them in the ravine. The pair of birds were loud & rowdy as usual. Knowing their  skulking  habit; may as well try my luck  and descend the trail following the direction of the call to look for it. After dueting for more than 10 minutes! one of them just pop out from afar as I struggle to focus amongst the foreground of branches. I dare not move from behind the tree trunk I was hiding and manual focus the best that I can.

These were my best shot from a distance of 200ft or so. The Large Scimitar Babbler was my only second encounter with pictures in Bukit Fraser.

Previously I seen it at Telekom loop but this time round it was at Bishop Trail.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Avian Photo Gears - Binoculars Sales

 For those who are starting up birding a good Binocular is an essential gear that you would like to have when you are in the field.

YL Camera have thrown out some good stuff at their PJ33 branch, Jalan Semangat at half their original price. The one that you would like to get is the Nikon Prostaff 7s. There is also a night vision Bino but the body rubber is a bit sticky but can be siliconed as new I think.

Get it while stock last...............

Yes you can refer my name MikeBirder they will give further discount... Cheers

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Avian Sighting January 2018 - Yellow-rumped Flycatcher

After the session at Lancang last week, I decided to dropby TAR port after lunch at Bukit Tinggi. Everyone should have already got wind of its arrival there. This has been a regular spot that it stay. You will wonder whether its the same bird year in year out. The bird is expected to stay for another month or two till March

The other common place you can see the bird is in Kiara Park TTDI. Over there you may also bum into a Narcicuss Fc too.

Met my good bird buddy Nikon MingLee and new acquiantaince Olympus Eric Cheong there. The fruiting tree have been devoured of its riped fruits.  With  the expected return of sunshine next week it will bring more birds over to the place as the other green fruits ripen. This weekend will be crowded ...........

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Avian Field Report January 2018 - Krau-Bukit Rengit

The weather has been improving as we approach CNY so I decided to visit Lancang on the second weekend of January.  Alan T a budding birder wanting to tag along with my birding trip was accepted.

After rendervous at the Shell McD station along MRR2 we started our journey at 4.45am. Usually I start out early to seek out the Blyths FM and Reddish Scops or the Malaysian Eared NJ along Deerland which still remain elusive in my past outing  I can hear them but no sighting . I am not a norturnal expert in hunting them out from their calling perch. TK Ang did give me some tips but so far no luck.........

We met Kwai with his 2 chinese guest at the port after the unsuccessful dawn hunt for the target birds.  Lighting was really dim and I was shooting at 1/8 speed at ISO3200.  The surprise bird was the Hooded Pitta. It show up on the log feeding amongst the other birds. It was a bit skittish staying for less that 15-30 seconds each session. All in all it came out  4 times during the morning session

The other regular babblers and bulbuls provide some good showings The Ferruginous was not sighted though. The birds  are now in mating session as  the males were offering the mealworms to it other half.

The male White-rumped Sharma with its perfect coat and long tail was beholding not to shot. It will chase its other half around the port  from time to time.

The female Siberian Blue Robin (the blueish covert and shoulder also may be an immature male)  is still around since last December when I first saw it but the Orange-hooded Thrush was no longer around. Earlier tot it was a juvenile but since its colors never change it must be a female SBR. Those who want the male have to go to BT okay. It is the tiniest of the lot  there and it will only pop out to feed when the others are not around.

Later at noon we drove down to Krau side and  the drizzle started. Alan with his sharp eyes sighted 2 bird of preys in the misty white sky. We approach the bare tree vie the Perhilitan Quarters to have the nearest shot. Still we were about 150-200 ft away. These were my best shots against the white droopy sky. Got to bum up  exposure to +2.5 to get some details of the bird.

Lastly  my hightlight  was the Rufous-collared Kf. It was very obliging to day. It did several sorties to the log to feed until as late as 11am.  It was the first bird to feed at 7.30am. There used to be a pair  here in Deerland but this time it was alone. Wish for the female which have different coat of feathers. These are best pictures I have captured  so far of this beauty.                         

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

WHISTLER - Bornean Mountain Whistler (Borneo Endemic lifer 490)

Another lifer shot at Kinabalu Park. It is a common bird you can see in Kinabalu Park (600m) I think. It was foraging in a birdwave amongst Laughingthrush, Grey minivets  and Blyth's Shrikebabbler. It stayed  quite awhile for me to snap some good shots whilst responding to my birdcall. When it is perched, it likes to tilt its head this way and that while looking out for insects.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Avian Field Report Jan 2018 - Bukit Tinggi Pahang

I was visiting the hill resort with some relatives in the first week of January. The day was cloudy with intermittent sunshine during the weekend. Lucky me. Took the opportunity to drop by the Japanese Garden post to see any new arrivals. The place is soggy and muddy from the previous weeks of rain but manageable.

 It  was a surprise to see two MPP hatchlings accompanied by their parent  to  feed.  I sure all of us are glad that the birds here are flourishing well. The parents will come out to recce the place first and if it think it is safe it will quickly scuttered back  to the ravine to bring its chicks out.

The Ferruginous Partridge were no where to be seen with their offsprings. I spend about 2 hours or so there. A skittish Orange-headed Thrush was sighted but no photo record here. Hopefully it will settle down and be confident enuf to come out to feed. So for those we have missed the bird in TBSA you may opt to come up here to shot it.

Later a common visitor  to BT - the Siberian Blue Robin also show up too. Its colors is fast maturing to its blue coat within 2-3 weeks. Last December I sighted another juvenile in Bukit Rengit but its feathers yet to turn. I wonder its the same bird ....................

Monday, 8 January 2018

LAUGHINGTHRUSH 4/6 - Chestnut hooded Laughingthrush (Borneo Lifer 489)

The Borneo Chestnut-hooded Laughingthrush have a orangy eyering compared to the Peninsula Malaysia Chestnut-capped subspecie (which have a white eyering) Its breast is also streaked whilst its beak is much orangy  Overall they look the same except for the former.  I believe they have separated as another specie. I will chalk it  as a Borneo lifer.

This bird is found in Kinabalu Park and it is a common bird to see even in December.  I spend a short 3 hours birding at the Power Station there before tracking down the road. There was a fruiting tree there as I waited and  hoping for the Bornean Barbet and other endemic birds to dropby but alas in vain.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Avian Field Report nearing new year 2018 - UluKali & Awana

Target bird was the Little Bunting or issit the Chestnut-eared Bunting..... which was sighted at Ulu Kali in the  3rd week of December 2018. It probably in passage further south to the coastal plains of southern  Peninsula or even Singapore. Hope somebody will be diligent to look for  it. 

In the hill top, the birds are active  but skittish. The Black-eared ShrikeBabbler was a first for me in Ulu Kali. It was seen in a birdwave amongst Fantail, Leaf Warbler and Chestnut-tailed Minla at the middle section enroute to the Radar Station. The morning was covered in mist and drizzling the whole morning on the eve of Christmas 2017.

As usual the Minla were plenty and a tough job to get good pictures of them in misty low lighting. Below the female Mugimaki visitor  was sighted at the same post. Usually they remain at a spot they chose as their temporary home when staying in  Malaysia. Another female was sighted at the Radar Station.

 A Grey Wagtail was a surprise sighting up here I was shooting from PakLong's Post whilst chatting on  bird life here.  The Long-tailed Sibia and Mountain Leaf Warbler were busy feeding on the moths at the Radar station.

The little cuckoodove was sighted at Awana and another pair of Mugimaki and a juvenile was recorded there.