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Pitta trip 11th - 18th April 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A day rest at home and then followed by a photography trip with 3 Taiwanese. Energetic and fun being with them for 8 days.  

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Day Trip 8th April 2018 - 3 species of Pitta



Another trip with Henk. Yes, he is back in KL. We have traveled to several different habitats before but this time we are covering the open country and small patches of mangrove at the coast. Highlight for this trip is the 3 species of Pitta in a short period of time. Amazing and it was lots of fun birding with him. Very determined and birding with patience.
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Birding Couple from Taiwan 1st - 7th April 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

"This is the first time for my wife and I to visit Peninsular Malaysia, and we want a professional guide to strengthen the success of this trip, so we contact Weng Chun for the arrangement. He answered our questions quickly, also tried to understand the way we used to birding and take photos, also given a detail plan for us, we had a very good first impression and decided to have this tip with him. As flexible birders we brought binoculars and hand-held camera gears without tripods. Weng Chun adjusted the trip plan with more flexibility to meet our demands, which made us to see and take photos of more bird species even some tough targets.  He also paid lot of attention to our food and accommodation situation and make sure we're fine and comfortable for all the logistic arrangement, very considerate. Weng Chun has expertise and rich knowledge as a birding guide, and also excellent eyesignt and hearing that always can find hidden birds or calling, which helped us to find a lot new species that we were not aware, so impressive! In a word, we quite enjoyed this 7-days fruitful trip with Weng Chun, couldn't be better. If you want a professional birding tour guide in Peninsular Malaysia, Weng Chun is highly recommended!" - Jimmy, Taiwan

I only guided 2 birders. This photo at the top of this post shows my guests were surrounded by 2 big groups of photographers from China and Taiwan, as well as 2 local couples.  For 7 days, we covered the highlands, lowland forest and coastal grassland / patches of mangrove trees. Lots of good birds because we managed to cover more grounds walking around without tripods. Ok, I had a tripod but it was a lightweight tripod for my spotting scope. :D



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Birds & Wildlife in Malaysia

About Me

I'm a bird watcher, digiscoper, photographer and a licensed nature guide. Welcome to my 'A Malaysian Birder' blog. I will post my bird sightings and photographs on this blog. I started bird watching while studying in university. After graduating with a degree in forestry specializing in parks and recreation management, I have been attached to the parks and gardens industry. My past work experiences involve conducting environmental education program, bird watching and many more.

Bird Watching Tours

There are quite a number of birding groups from Australia, United States and United Kingdom that come over to Malaysia annually visiting the traditional key sites that include Kuala Selangor, Fraser's Hill and Taman Negara. There is not doubt that the 3 sites are the preferred birding sites in Peninsular Malaysia. So if you are coming over for birding and intend to hire a guide, you can send me an email at nature2pixel@gmail.com and go over to posting section to view photos and summary of trip reports with testimonials from past clients.

Besides following the traditional route, I also customized trip according to clients needs, preference and interests. So there are some local patches that I can introduce to all bird watchers, digiscopers and photographers.

Equipment

I use a spotting scope from Omicron for my bird guiding trips and digiscoping. You can get more information from their website at http://omicron-optics.com The spotting scope is placed on a Feisol tripod and Manfrotto 701 video head. This is an ideal setup for me due to its light weight. A customized eyepiece adapter to my Nikon P5100 was fabricated by Cheang Kum Seng from Ipoh, Perak. Very useful during my guiding trips because I get to take photos of birds sighted and post them on my Nature2pixel website. Binocular is the most essential tools for bird watching and guiding. I used to have a Minox 8x42 but have given it to a friend since I upgraded to Nikon 8x42 Monarch. Update: May 2014 - Could be time for me to upgrade to a Kowa 10x42 BD XD which is more compact? I came across this website showing a review of the Nikon D4S at http://www.aaronstours.com

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