Friday, March 8, 2019

Chiang Rai Harrier trip


Just a week after the AGM 2019, a group of 9 WBCM members made a trip to Chiang Rai, Thailand from 12th to 19th January 2019. Main purpose of this trip was to visit the site of Harriers’ roosting site.


This Harrier Haven was situated at Chan Chawa, Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai. We spent 2 evenings at this site.


The owner of the site had built 2 hides, one big and one small.  We occupied the whole big hide before sunset, waiting patiently for huge number of various species of Harriers to glide in for the night. When they arrived, the magnificent view was beyond described. The excitement of the birders then may be comparable with the moment of OHB’s appearance in Tanjong Tuan, except that in Tanjong Tuan, everyone was shouting with joy, some may be running about in order to get a better view, but over the Harrier Haven, there was perfect silent. Only noise could be heard were the clicking sound made by the shutters of the cameras.


Chiang Rai indeed was a good place for birdwatching. Besides the Harrier Haven, we had good time doing birdwatching at Tham Luang Caves, Golden Triangle Park, Doi Tung Mae Fa Luang, Doi Mae Salong, Nong Tao, Nam Kham Nature Reserve, Nong Nam Luang, Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area, Lai Puchana Chai, Wat Pa Mak No & vicinity, and of course, around the Hotel where we stayed.

Full Checklists in eBird entered by Tang Tuck Hong for this trip, together with more pictures can be viewed through the links below:-


Text and Photos by Lee Keen Seong

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WBCM Birding Trip to Perak



This Trip was held from 5th to 6th Jan 2019 in conjunction with Wild Bird Club Malaysia’s Annual General Meeting 2019.

Birdwatching session was from 8.30am to 12pm at Bidor on the 5th and from 6.30am to 11.00am at Malim Nawar on the 6th. We birded around the ex-mining ponds and the surrounding areas outside the Bidor FRIM Research Station. In Malim Nawar, birding activities were carried out at the aquaculture ponds and their surrounding areas near the MBI sand mines. We were blessed with Sunny weather on both days. There was a total of 31 members who joined this birdwatching trip to Perak. WBCM’s Dinner for Members was at a restaurant in Tapah, Perak, well-known for their smoked chicken dish (see picture below).


Ong Kang Woei presented on Population Density of Malaysian Plover at the East Coast of Johor. His presentation brings back memories of WBCM Trip to Southern Peninsular Malaysia State of Johor in 2017 which you can read about HERE.


Tan Gim Cheong, our member from Singapore gave a talk on Raptors. We were quizzed on raptor identification after his talk, which certainly helped to reinforce what we learned from his earlier slides.


59 species of birds were seen in Bidor and 69 species in Malim Nawar. A total of 90 different species of birds were seen/heard throughout the 2 days trip.

Large-tailed Nightjar (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)
Black Baza (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)
Green-billed Malkoha (Photo Credit: Yap Sue Chew)
Yellow-bellied Prinia (Photo Credit: Yap Sue Chew)
Chestnut-Headed Bee-Eater (Photo Credit: Yap Sue Chew)
Bank Swallow (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)
Tufted Duck (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)
BIDOR, FRIM EBIRD checklist is available HERE.

MALIM NAWAR EBIRD checklist is available HERE.

As January falls in the middle of the migratory season, a third of the bird species identified were
migrants. The highlights were a pair of Tufted Duck seen in Malim Nawar.

Text by Low Kok Hen and YL Yeo.

Pictures by Yap Sue Chew, Ang Teck Hin and Tang Tuck Hong.

Friday, August 24, 2018

eBird Malaysia Selected Checklists from Jan to April 2018

WHY enter your sightings in eBird Malaysia? Watch this 3-minute video below to learn more:-


679 species, 5139 Checklists were submitted for Malaysia from 1st Jan to 19th August 2018. Some of the sightings from Jan to April 2018, sourced from eBird Malaysia’s Checklists, are provided below. Credit goes to the respective contributors of the checklists, for notable species such as the Jambu Fruit Dove, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Oriental Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-Legged Crake, Mountain Scops Owl, Black Eagle, Brown Bullfinch and Cook’s Swift. For the full checklists submitted for Malaysia from 1st Jan 2018 onwards as well as for previous years, just click on The Illustrated Checklist of eBird Malaysia. That section of eBird Malaysia has species information together with photos and sounds from the Macauley Library which you can access HERE

Selected eBird Malaysia checklists from May to August 2018, followed by Sept to Nov 2018 will be shared shortly through this website.

Jambu Fruit Dove (Photo Credit: Andy Lee)
29th Jan 2018 submitted by Andy Lee

https://ebird.org/malaysia/view/checklist/S42333539


Listen to the audio recordings of Golden Babbler, Buff-breasted Babbler, Large Niltava from Todd A. Watkins’s checklist.

Cook’s Swift (L) Pectoral Sandpiper (R) (Photo Credit: Ang Teck Hin)

22nd Jan 2018 and 18th Feb 2018 submitted by Ang Teck Hin

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42223294

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42916765

Red-Legged Crake (Photo Credit: Khoo Swee Seng)
11th Feb 2018 submitted by Khoo Swee Seng

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43470162

Black Eagle (Photo Credit: Ng Jia Jie)

10th Feb 2018 submitted by Yeo Yee Ling and Ng Jia Jie


Mountain Scops Owl (Photo Credit: Wilbur Goh)

8th Feb 2018 submitted by Wilbur Goh Soon Kit


Brown Bullfinch (Photo Credit: Alan Koh)

12th March 2018 submitted by Alan Koh


Oriental Plover (Photo Credit: Dake Bakewell)
19th April 2018 submitted by Dave Bakewell


Text by Yeo Yee Ling

Friday, July 6, 2018

Global Big Day in Malaysia 2018 Winner and Runner Up

Wild Bird Club Malaysia conducted the Lucky Draw for Global Big Day in Malaysia 2018 on 24th June 2018 together with Minox Malaysia, and the following winner and runner up, with their respective checklists are…..

First prize:
Hum Kim Choy (First prize: Minox BF Model 10 x 42 Binocular)
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45345251


Second prize:
Azmil Pillantong (Second prize: Minox Macroscope)
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45287728

Congratulations to both Hum Kim Choy and Azmil Pillantong!
Thanks to Malaysian eBird reviewers Dave Bakewell, Ng Jia Jie, Andy Lee and Mark Ng for going through the 149 checklists submitted by eBirders, for Malaysia.

Global Bird Day in Malaysia was held on 5th May 2018, in conjunction with Global Big Day, an initiative by Cornell Lab of Ornithology where a single day was dedicated to celebrate birds in every place on Earth. Read on about 2018 results in Asia, and Malaysia in particular HERE

Worldwide, Malaysia ranked 18th in terms of Species Leader, with 459 species recorded. The South American countries of Colombia, Peru and Ecuador held the 1st to 3rd spots respectively in terms of Species Leader, with their birders logging in more than 1,000 species. In Asia, Malaysia ranked just below India and China, by species:-



eBird Malaysia portal is a joint collaboration between Wild Bird Club Malaysia and Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was launched on 9th November 2016. You can read more about this collaboration HERE

Just click on GET STARTED in order to sign up for your free eBird account. Contribute your sightings and pictures of Birds in Malaysia when you go birdwatching, through eBird. Articles on interesting bird behavior and pictures can also be submitted for publication through eBird Malaysia portal.  Submission guidelines are available HERE



Text by Yeo Yee Ling

Pictures sourced from eBird Malaysia portal 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

WBCM Fraser Hills Trip on 19 and 20th May 2018

Birding @ Fraser Hills is really relaxing with its cool weather!  Exciting with good birds and most of
All great company.
A group of 20 eager birders gathered at Puncak Inn for a 2 days one night birding trip.
The group was divided in 3 groups with 2 leaders & 5 members. We flagged off around 2.30pm on 19th May 2018 and each group went off to explore their own birding sites.
All were exhausted after hours of walking , searching, waiting,  photo shooting and discussing. After a night's rest after dinner on Saturday, we welcomed another fruitful day on Sunday.
After a night rest, all were looking fresh. Off to individual sites again after Sunday breakfast on 20th May Morning,
And……all the excitement starts again till 1 pm.
Red-headed Trogon
Black and Crimson Oriole
Malaysian Hill Partridge
Malaysian Honeyguide

Some of the highlights of the whole trip were :
Malaysian Honey Guide sighted by YL Yeo at Bishop trail
Helmeted Hornbill by Mr. KH Low at the Gap
Grey Capped Woodpecker at the Gap
A pair of Long Tailed Broadbill in nest
Malayan Partridge ( family of 7) at Richmond Bungalow 
Red headed Trogon (Male & Female)
Mountain Imperial Pigeon
Rufous Browed Flycatcher
Golden Babbler
Lesser Yellownape
Silver-breasted Broadbill, Male and female
 
Telekom Loop (L) and White-tailed Robin, Male (R)
Group 3's Checklists from eBird for the two days birding count sites at Bishop trail, Hemmant trail, Richmond Bungalow and Telekom Loop are as follows:-

Wild Bird Club Malaysia will be organizing a day trip in July 2018 so stay tuned to website for more details.

Text by Chen Seow Kean
Pictures by Yeo Yee Ling, Charles Ooi and Ang Teck Hin 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Global Big Day 2018 5th May counts from Malaysia


eBirders recorded 454 species and 143 lists from birdwatching sites all over Malaysia covering different habitats such as wetlands, coastal areas, islands, parks and gardens, lowland forests, montane forest, on 5th May 2018, which enabled Malaysia to be placed 18th worldwide. View the 2018 World results HERE .

In Asia region, Malaysia was placed 3rd behind India and China. A new world record of 6899 species was achieved in 2018 compared to 2017's total species of 6637.

Mr Vincent Wong, our member from Kuching, Sarawak shares his Global Big Day 2018 experience as below:-

Global Big Day 2018 was a date I have been looking forward to since the early announcement months ago.

I went to bed early and by first light, I was ready to count birds in my house back yard. But unfortunately, due to the extreme heat of that day, most bird activities had slowed down after an hour thus I stopped counting.

I did another short count at a different location for the evening even though it was still so hot.
Though my contribution to this Global Event was modest, I had great satisfaction in being part of it to report my bird sighting to the world. And I do not have to travel far nor cost much to participate, to contribute to this world wide survey of our birds population which is the Barometer of our Environmental Healt

Mr Vincent Wong's morning checklist can be viewed HERE and his afternoon checklist can be viewed HERE . He was in 56th position out of 100 Top eBirders in the World by species on 5th May 2018 when he submitted his morning checklist through eBird.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology initiated Global Big Day (GBD) since 2015. In 2017, 6,659 species were reported worldwide during GBD that was celebrated on 13th May. Malaysia recorded 380 species with 75 checklists submitted for GBD 2017 according to eBird website
HERE

Some of the birds recorded on 5th May 2018 in Malaysia were Cinnamon-headed Pigeon (see Ang Teck Hin's checklist HERE , White-winged Black Tern (see David Bakewell's checklist HERE ), Lesser Adjutant (see Tang Tuck Hong's checklist HERE ) and Hadada Ibis  ( see Yeo Yee Ling's checklist HERE  )

It was also exciting to read about nesting records of Whitehead's Trogon, Whitehead's Broadbill and Borneon Stubtail, in Kinabalu Park, Sabah. See checklist by Timothy Forrester, HERE .

Cinnamon headed Pigeon, male and female species
Photo credit: Ang Teck Hin
White-winged Black Tern
Photo credit: David Bakewell
Lesser Adjutant
Photo Credit: Tang Tuck Hong

Hadada Ibis
Photo credit: Yeo Yee Ling

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Global Big Day 2018 Malaysia - Prizes for Lucky Draw Winners

First Prize for Lucky Draw organized by Wild Bird Club Malaysia. Thanks to Sponsor, Minox Malaysia
On 5 May 2018, Global Big Day is back. Wherever you are in the world, go eBirding on 5 May to be a part of birding's biggest day! Read about Counting Birds to Save Nature article HERE.
Our favorite part of Global Big Day is watching the shared passion for birds unite 20000+ people from more than 160 countries in a single day to celebrate birds. With this in mind, we can think of no better theme for this May's Global Big Day than shorebirds!
Sandpipers, plovers, oystercatchers, lapwings, avocets—no matter the flavor, these evocative birds tie countries and continents together like few other animals on this planet. Their stories inspire us—from Red Knots that have cumulatively migrated the distance to the moon and back, to Semipalmated Sandpipers that travel 8,000 miles each year, and still manage to find the same exact nest scrape in the Arctic tundra to raise their young. Black-bellied Plover, or Grey Plover if you know it for its less colorful plumage, is our emblem for the 5 May Global Big Day, with a global distribution and remarkable migration effort that embodies the epic spirit of shorebirds and Global Big Day itself.
On 5 May 2018, can we we surpass last year's result, of 6635 bird species, and set a new record for one day of birding? It's in your hands.
No matter what you do—have fun, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird! We’re excited to see what we can achieve together for Global Big Day.

How to Participate

Submit Your Data to eBird on May 5
It's that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Use the website or mobile app, whichever you prefer. Learn how to take part. Don't worry -- you don't need to be a bird expert, or to go out all day long. Even ten minutes from your backyard will help. Of course, you are welcome to spend the entire day in the field, but know that it is not required! Please enter your data as soon as you can, preferably by Tuesday, May 8.

Follow Live Updates and Detailed Stats
During the Big Day, this page will be updated. You'll be able to follow Team Sapsucker in Colombia, Honduras, and California -- but more importantly, you'll be able to track how many species have been seen around the world and in any region of interest to you. Follow live updates here.

Organize With Your Friends for Greater Coverage
Now is the time to start planning to find difficult species. Learn how to share Global Big Day with others. Who will get CommonGreen-Magpie ? Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher ? Malaysian Plover ? Crested Fireback (Malay) ? Not all efforts need to work towards the global total. Try to organize in your home state, province, or even county to make sure teams spread out and find as many species as possible. Put your patch on the worldwide Global Big Day map. Tweet #globalbigday.

Second Prize
Make Your Sightings Count
Don't worry, every bird that you enter in eBird counts as a part of Global Big Day. However, there are three ways that you can make your sightings as valuable as possible. It is important to note that these are only suggestions—not requirements! 1. Submit complete checklists. 2. Keep counts of the birds that you see. 3. Keep multiple checklists throughout the course of your birding: if you get in the car, end that checklist and start a new one when you get to the next location.

Submit Your Checklist and Stand a Chance to Win Minox Binoculars
Wild Bird Club Malaysia will be giving away Minox BF Model 10 x 42 Binocular as First Prize and Minox Macroscope as Second Prize to TWO LUCKY Malaysian eBirders who will be selected based on lucky draw. Complete checklists with no Xs submitted through eBird Malaysia on 5th May 2018 will be eligible for this lucky draw. Lucky Draw is open to citizens or permanent residents of Malaysia, over the age of 18 years old. WBCM reserves the right to verify the eligibility of eBirder and to disqualify any eBirder who do not meet this criteria. WBCM reserves the right to publish and display the names, photographs, audio and visual recordings of the winners, in any mass media or newsletter for advertising and publicity purposes without payment or compensation. Winners will be notified via email by WBCM.