What is Bird Watching? – Do it in Malaysia!

I love nature, and I bet most people are. Rarely, we get the opportunity to go out of our way and be as close to nature as possible. When we talk about outdoor or nature theme of vacation, there is a huge list of activities that we can do. From camping in the woods, sunbathing on the beach, kayaking to river rafting, the list for outdoors vacation activities seems endless. So many possibilities, the only thing that is missing is us. We just need to have the time to do it.

The great thing about being so close to nature is the fact that they will surely make us realise how insignificant human beings are. We are just happened to be one of the billions of creatures to make the earth as our home. For example, it is estimated that there are 9,000 to 10,000 species of birds all over the world. It is insane! As far as I concern, I might not able to name more than 50 species of birds. Even 20 might be quite a challenge too. Therefore, if we really take a step back and really ponder upon this humongous diversity of this whole world, we would realise that our realm is so tiny that it should teach us a great lesson; humility.

What is Bird Watching

Another great activity that you could do outdoor is bird watching. For you that wonder, it is an act to observe birds in their natural environment. However, due to the fact that birds can be seen almost anywhere, you can actually watch them wherever you are and therefore you don’t need extra gears like binoculars or telescopes to watch them. Just look outside your window, as simple as that.

But, of course, a visit to a bird park or to their natural habitat like in the jungle will be more exciting as you are in their habitat, so you will most likely see more species and obviously more birds to observe. In another word, bird watching is a passive outdoor activity in which you spot a bird or birds wherever you are.

What is Birding?

Meanwhile, to simplify things, birding could actually be considered as the advanced version of bird watching. The one that requires more effort.

When you say, you are birding, it means you scavenge for birds. You want to search for more species, you want and willing to go anywhere that is well-known for a certain species of birds. It is an active act.

I know, for some, Bird is always a noun, maybe just today you learn that it can be used as a verb as well. So, with this connotation in mind, Birders are people that actively looking out for more birds to learn and to admire, the ones that will to go up and down the hills, boarding planes to the new birding hot spots the minute they got the

How to be a birder and how to start birding?

If you really want to start a new outdoor hobby, then, I would suggest you try birding. This outdoor activity offers you the same experience like jungle trekking and hiking, you will able to enjoy nature except that you don’t have to exert as much energy as those other activities. Thus, birding is an activity that could be done by everyone that loves nature.

First thing first, in order to start birding, you will need a field guide to help you out with all the basics stuff and to introduce you to the information you need about recognising birds. It is very common that people start with the Sibley Guide first, then move on to more advanced materials. Another worthy guide that you might want to look at is the one produced by National Geographic.

Once you have gone through all the materials at least to get you familiar with these little creatures, it is time to find the binocular to assist you spotting the birds. This is like to most important step that you will undertake when you want to start birding. A good binocular will make sure you capture a clear, crisp and bright view of the birds. Although the price of binoculars has gone down over the year, you might want to spend a little bit more for the initial purchase. Treat this as an initial investment, buy a great quality once rather than finding yourself buying another binocular just because it is not good enough.

Best Binoculars for Bird Watching

In order to start birding, you will need some eseential bird watching accessories, and obviously, you will nee a binocular to start with. Nikon 7540 MONARCH 3 8×42 Binocular; an 8-power binocular is one of the bestsellers for people that just starting out with this hobby. Its most notable feature is its high reflective silver alloy phase corrected prisms that help to eliminate the degradation of the image caused by different light phases reflecting in the binocular. One more critical feature is its multi-click turn and slide eyecups with generous eye relief which is a great thing for people that wear glasses. Other than that, Leupold Yosemite is a popular choice as well, especially for younger birders.

So, basically, as you have gear up, you are now ready to start your quest of finding the birds. You just need to get out there and start looking for birds that mesmerised you. At this point, I think you can just pick one or two birds and start to look for them. On the other hand, more seasoned birders may advise the ones that just about to start to use bird feeders to lure those birds. Usually, people use seeds such as the Black Oil Sunflower seeds. Plus, it might be a good thing to bring along a compact camera or a proper digital camera along with you to capture those birds in pictures and maybe put those picture in your scrapbook.

Bird Watching or Birding in Kuala Lumpur

Although bird watching could be done almost anywhere on the planet, as I said before you might want to head down the place with the most birds are, like birds park. If you want to start your quest for birds in Malaysia, you need to pay a visit to Kuala Lumpur birds park. It is situated in the serene and scenic famous Lake Gardens about 20 minutes from KL Sentral Station. The KL Bird park is also famous as “World’s Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary”, in which it offers a massive 20.9 acres of verdant valley terrain to be explored. You will definitely need a whole day to really explore this vast park located in the middle of the city.

 

KL Birds Park Map

KL Birds Park Maps

 

The admission fees for an adult is normally RM67 while for a child, it is RM45. However, people with MyKad will get a further discount. The park opens from 9 am until 6 pm daily including Public and School Holidays. To get here;

By public transportation

  • KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker Tour Bus Service, disembark at Station No. 15 in front of KL Bird Park Main Entrance.
  • By KTM Commuter Train, disembark at the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station located near the National Mosque
  • Use ride-sharing apps like UBER and just drop off at the main entrance

If you are driving

  • GPS address: Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
  • GPS coordinates: N3 08.581 E101 41.294

There are lots of activities to be done here for sure. I recommend you to get there as early as you can so you will be able to explore more.  Just to name a few, aside from the free-flight walk-in aviary, there are Love Aviary, Brahminy Land, Bul Bul Land, Hornbill Park, World of Parrots, Flightless Birds zone, Egg Incubation and lots more. Just be sure to check out everything and have a great day ahead!

Posted in Travel Malaysia Guide.

2 Comments

  1. Bird watching sounds very interesting in your country, is there much wilderness to wander about where you live? I used to hike nature trails and take photographs of the wildlife to share my sights with others, is this possible in your country as well to do as a hobby?

    Nice you recommend how to start bird watching and even some things you might need, a good guide is important for sure and binoculars is something most people would want as well

    • Yes, a lot of options in term of location. But for start, you can go birding at the Kuala Lumpur Birds Park.

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