A blog interview: Kah Wai Birding
Welcome Pocketchange readers to another fantastic blog interview. Today we bring you Kah Wai Lin of the Kah Wai Birding Blog. Kah Wai Lin is of Chinese descent from Malaysia – he was educated as a medical doctor and is currently a PhD student in Stockholm, Sweden. He has a wide range of hobbies, including photography, birdwatching, astronomy, and antique camera collecting. He has also worked as a freelance photographer in architecture and panoramic photography, and virtual reality tours.
Kah Wai Lin has been interested in watching birds for a long time, but started up seriously about a year ago when he got a telephoto lens and some books about birdwatching.
Kah Wai owns a Canon 7D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Manfrotto tripod, Collins Bird Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe (Lars Svensson, 2010), Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia (Craig Robson, 2005).
Why did you decide to start a blog about bird watching?
I start watching birds about a year ago, and I start a blog about birdwatching almost the same time. I wanted to share what I have seen in the field. A photo tells a thousand words.
What’s your favorite thing about bird watching?
I like bird photography, especially the environmental portrait of the birds, because I like to record how the birds interact with the nature. I also enjoy making bird videography, where I can show more about the bird life.
Do you have a favorite bird? Why is it your favorite?
I have no favorite, I enjoy watching and photographing all of them. I like montane birds, they are beautiful and colorful, many nice spots in Malaysia for Montane birdwatching, e.g. Bukit Tinggi in Malaysia, although I have been there once, I was impressed and will definitely return next time. I like wetland birds too, because many of them tend to accumulate as a big flock, e.g. thousand of herons can be seen in Kinta Nature Park in Perak, Malaysia, one of my favorite birding spot. I like watching gulls, there are plenty of good spots for watching gulls in Stockholm. I like everything I saw:)
What’s the best advice ever given to you (with regard to birding, blogging, or anything else)?
Is there someone in the bird watching field that you look up to?
I used to meet new people in the field and also on birdwatching/bird photography forums and blogs. Most of them are really good at birdwatching and bird photography. I used to get constructive advice from them. I would say everyone influenced me in a different way.
Any recommendations for people who want to start their own blog or get into birding?Just share what you see, I am sure other people will appreciate it. And wake up early for the birds
What are you working on right now?
At the moment I am busying with finishing up my PhD study, hopefully I can catch the most spectacular common crane migration in Hornborga Lake in Sweden in the beginning of Spring this year.
Any last thoughts?
Enjoy the nature!
We’d like to sincerely thank Kah Wai Lin of taking the time to participate in this interview, and we’re sure you all enjoyed his passion for bird-watching and gorgeous photography. If you’re looking to get into some photography of your own, look no further than Become to satisfy all your needs, from the latest in high tech camera equipment to fun home items like tie dye bedding. Enjoy!