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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 April 2019 my countdown of lifers photograph has reached
526/688 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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Thursday, 12 July 2018

Avian sighting July 2018 - Rufous collared Kingfisher is back

I was early to the port  first weekend of July to look for norturnal birds but alas none of my target birds responded to my calling.  Seremban Yap and then Lam from KL join me at the port. Later Liew and his kwailoh guest arrive in the late morning. The highlight of the day was the RCKf which stayed for a 10-15 minutes session for all to shoot to their heart content. Is it diffirent from the Chestnut Collared Kf of Borneo?  Hope to see it in my trip in October 2018. Any one interested to join me to Sandakan -Sepilok ............

Earlier bird life along the road in the wee morning 8.30 am was so so in misty condition.  First bird was a far sighting of  Black Magpie, a tattered Drongo cuckoo with its curvy beak (picture below) was next. Further up from Deerland spotted a hornbill. Walah it was my first sighting  of a Black Hornbill variant with white supercillum that morning (see my earlier posting).

Then a yellow bellied flowerpecker was curious enuf to show itself (picture above) . Other bird sighting include several common bulbuls. By 9am I was back to the port hoping lighting was better by then. At the port the usual birds appearance were frequent enough to keep us entertained. A Banded was calling but no appearance.

A pair of mating OM Robin in shining coat appears on several occasion everytime the resident  shama calls............

Below the Black-capped is the more difficult bird to snap in sharpness as we shoot in low speed in the low light condition and skittish behaviour of the same.

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