About Me

I was born and raised in Penang Island, a small tropical paradise off the western coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It may not be the best place in the world to live in but it does have its fair share of good points and the bird life is not too bad as well. I guess that is why I still call it home after all these years. For as long as I could remember, I have always been fascinated with animals and I do not mean puppies and bunnies. Even my preschool storybooks were illustrated books on wildlife. As I got older,  I did not outgrow this fascination. In fact, it grew ever stronger on me - especially my love for birds. Unfortunately, birding could not really put food on the table and it remains more of a hobby.

I started birding when I was in my teenage years back in 1989 and it immediately became one of my true passions in life. It was only after more than a decade of birding that I decided to try and keep my colourful and memorable experiences alive through photography. When I first started photographing birds back in 2003, I was using a Digiscoping setup consisting of a compact digital camera with a 15-45X 60mm spotting scope. I have since upgraded to a DSLR setup, using a Nikon D500 body with a Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM zoom lens. And together with my Leica Trinovid 10X42 BN binoculars,  they have become my faithful companions for every single one of my birding experiences. Up to the present day, I am still very much an avid birder with an interest for bird photography. I can still live with myself if I miss out on the perfect shot but I am not too sure if I can say the same about a lifer.

I have being given the responsibility as eBird reviewer for four regions in Peninsular Malaysia that is Perak, Perlis, Kedah and Pulau Pinang (Penang). It will not make me any more popular among the birding community but ensuring that only usable data is submitted for these regions is my small contribution towards the bird life here in Malaysia. I am also the owner of this humble blog dedicated to the birds which have over the years, never once cease to fascinate, amaze and inspire. 

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