25 July 2014: Winged Wonders in Malaysia

There is nothing in which the birds differs more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. — Robert Lynd

Winged WondersIn this day and age, where hours spent in front of a bright screen has somehow become the norm, people seem to have forgotten the joys of spending time outdoors. Being tied down by jobs that require more and more time outside the typical constraints of the 9–5 workday can easily make us forget what it’s like to breathe fresh air. One way of breaking this unhealthy behaviour is to develop an interest that fosters communing with nature – bird watching for example. Besides being a great excuse to take us away from our gadget-centric world, it is also informative, rewarding, and relatively inexpensive – all you need are a good pair of binoculars and lots of patience – and you get to exchange ideas with people sharing the same interests.

Arming yourself with a really good book like Winged Wonders in Malaysia is a great way to start the hobby. This book is a neatly organised and easy-to-use identification guide to many bird species commonly found here. Gorgeously photographed by ex-teacher and avid naturalist Hum Kim Choy, each entry includes a colour photograph, the bird’s common as well as scientific name (binomial nomenclature) and a brief description of size, plumage, distribution, diet and habitat. The birds are grouped by types and species: owls, herons, barbets etc.winged wonders_2

Having enjoyed the hobby of bird watching and bird photography for many years, the author, through the urging of his family and friends, finally decided to share his treasures and wonderful experiences, as captured through his camera lenses in this informative book, with the ardent hope that more people take up the hobby of bird watching and bird conservation. Winged Wonders in Malaysia is now available at Areca Books