Thursday, August 10, 2017

Far from Madding Crowd - in Fraser Hill

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker
More than 50 species of montane, sub-montane and lowland birds were seen (and heard) during a short 1 night weekend trip to Kuala Kubu Bahru, Selangor and Fraser Hill, Pahang. Met up with Mr and Mrs Ang who drove up from Malacca on Saturday morning at Madam's Woo Wantan Noodle Shop in Kuala Kubu Bahru on Saturday morning for breakfast. I had stayed Friday night at a homestay in KKB, to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in KL. Below are some of the birds seen from 5th to 6th August 2017. Fire-tufted Barbet, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-headed Trogon were some of the montane birds seen that weekend. Full lists have been submitted through eBird Malaysia and are available below:-
http://ebird.org/ebird/malaysia/view/checklist/S38542323 (6th August 2017)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38539514 (5th August 2017)

Silver-eared Mesia
Silver-eared Mesia
Fire-tufted Barbet


Silver-eared Mesia begging for food from the other Mesia 

Red-headed Trogon
Always a thrill to see this Trogon!
Red-headed Trogon is such a regal-looking bird:)
White-throated Fantail
Literally a Fantail in display:)
Crested Goshawk of KKB - its flight is so silent as it glided to perch on this tree
Checklists of the Birds recorded in KKB, Selangor on 5th August 2017 as below:-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38539322
An earlier article on Fraser Hill outing with members of Wild Bird Club Malaysia is available for reading at:-
Joint Event between Fraser Hill Community Library and Wild Bird Club Malaysia Part 1: Wild Bird Club of Malaysia organized a 2 days 1 night trip to Fraser Hill from 11 th to 12 th June 2016. This outing included a ...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Philippine Cockatoo Festival 2017 in Palawan Island

Philippine Cockatoo Festival 2017 in Palawan Island: Wild Bird Club Malaysia (WBCM) was invited by Wild Bird Club Philippines (WBCP) to attend the 11th Katala (Philippine Cockatoo) Festival...


90 Philippine Cockatoos joined this solitary Cockatoo later that evening in Narra, Palawan Island. Fond memories from Katala Festival 2017. The three rescued Cockatoos (left pic) in Biodiversity Centre, Palawan Island which is managed by Indira and Peter Widmann. These three cockatoos were rescued and placed under the care of the Biodiversity Centre. These rescued cockatoos were headed for a bleak future in the caged birds industry. These birds were rescued from another part of the Island and there was uncertainty whether they could adapt to the environment in Rasa Island. Part of the existing colony of Cockatoos as seen that wonderful evening as below:- 

Particularly affectionate pair of Cockatoos on lower right of picture

Wild cockatoos in Malunggay Tree


"Yes dear, I'm listening dear" (pair of Cockatoo in middle of picture seems to be saying)

Cockatoos moved to roost in this coconut tree as dusk turned to night
Tender moment of preening from one cockatoo to another:)
Read more about of this amazing Cockatoos at eBon Wild Bird Club Philippines website.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Birds of Palawan Island in Three Days

Birds of Palawan Island in Three Days: Olive-backed Sunbird Melodious Babbler   Ashy-fronted Bulbul Rufous-tailed Tailorbird Spot-throated flameback P...





I had posted this article in Wild Bird Club Malaysia website earlier with pictures from Mr Andy Lee. The Pygmy Flowerpecker and Chestnut Munia appeared at JoseLiza Guesthouse and I was lucky enough to snap these winged wonders. It was my first trip to Palawan Island, Philippines and every Philippine and Palawan species was seen from 29th June to 1st July 2017 were lifers for me:)

Even though we get Olive-backed Sunbirds in Peninsular Malaysia, the male OB Sunbirds in Palawan have such deep orange tinge below their blackish head. Green Imperial Pigeon, Melodious Babbler, Ashy-fronted Bulbul, Slender-billed Crow, Palawan Hornbill and Spot-throated Woodpecker were some of the birds which I had manage to get a picture, and these were shared through eBird to confirm the sightings. Wild Bird Club of Philippines has submitted the checklist of birds recorded at Zig Zag road, Borbon, Napsan (Puerto Princesa) and Iwahig Prison and Penal Colony through eBird. The checklists reproduced below as below:-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38126523
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38126539
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38126557
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38126591

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My Garden Birdwatch 2017

2016 count was done at my sister's place in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Plan to count at this area again this coming 17th and 18th June 2017. Would be interesting to see how the garden birds of Malaysia are faring in 2017, and which species will be at the top of the list. Common versus Javan Mynah "Battle" - wondering whether this battle continues or will other Mynah species prevail?  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Japanese Gardens Bukit Tinggi Part Three - Fauna and Birds



Orange Breasted Trogon on Sunday afternoon. It was calling earlier in the morning but didn't see it. Returned to the trails and waited for the Ferruginous Partridge to return that afternoon. The pair didn't show up but the Crimson-Winged Woodpecker turned up unexpectedly. This woodpecker hammered away at one of the tree trunks for quite a long period of time. The back of the woodpecker was facing me for quite some time and I could only get a picture of the left side of its face and body in a matter of seconds. Broadbills visited the trail that afternoon were the Black and Yellow and Silver-breasted.   
Missed the Silver-breasted Broadbill at Telapa Buruk so was really happy to see it turn up at Bukit Tinggi that Sunday afternoon! Silver-breasted broadbill's whistle-like calls were heard before it flew in and perched on several branches above the trail. Such a treat and I'm over the moon being able to see three different species of Broadbills (the Green was seen earlier in the morning) in 1 day.   
Bird seen and/or heard that Sunday afternoon at Bukit Tinggi have been recorded in eBird through my earlier post at Japanese Gardens in Malaysian highlands. Gray-rumped Treeswift and Indian Cuckoo were last birds seen as I exited the trails near Japanese Gardens. The Himalayan Squirrel and Dusky Leaf Monkey were also a welcome sight that day in Bukit Tinggi. Although the Ferr. Partridge did not turn up that afternoon, the birds seen that day more than made up for the no-show by the Ferruginous Partridge. Was with Ang and Mrs Ang (Lwee) during the Sunday morning birding session and am grateful to them for giving me a lift up to Japanese Gardens from first guardhouse at the foothills of Bukit Tinggi.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Japanese Garden Bukit Tinggi Part Two - Avian Friends

Black-Browed Barbet at the fruiting tree in front of the small parking area at entrance to Botanical Gardens.

Black-Browed Barbet giving me a quizzical look:)

White-rumped Shama and Ochraceous Bulbul were the first to appear at the trail. Buff-breasted Babbler was hopping all over that morning inside the trail before the Mountain Peacock-Pheasants appeared. Saturday morning birds checklist has been shared earlier through eBird portal, and this list has been shared through my Facebook page and in my earlier posting on Japanese Gardens in Malaysian Highlands. I missed the Ferruginous Partridge having left the trail after seeing this pair of Peacock-Pheasants to explore the Botanical Gardens of Bukit Tinggi:( Pair of Blue-winged Leafbirds were spotted on my way towards the Gardens. The Leafbirds' blue and green plumage really stood out. Somehow, seeing this pair of leafbirds lessened my disappointment of missing out on the Partridge. Second (and many more) trips to Bukit Tinggi are definitely a must for birdwatchers!   
Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant (Male and Female)
Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant (Male)
Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant (Male)
Malaysian Peacock-Pheasant (Female)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Japanese Gardens in Malaysian Highlands

Wood (or is it White?) Storks immortalized in Statue, within water fountain of entrance to Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang. Quick stop at the resort to buy our RM15 entry fee per person to Japanese and Botanical Gardens.

Met Dennis Yong, one of the pioneers in the Malaysian birdwatching community - read about his Big Year list many years ago when I started birding, circa 2001. Japanese Gardens in the highlands of Malaysia, at 3,500 feet above sea level. Suitable for montane and sub-montane birds in the lower level of the hills. Chicken chop with potato wedges and coleslaw was lovely although pricey at RM28. Could be due to exclusive location of Colmar Tropicale within the hills of Pahang. Sugee cake of Mrs Ang (Lwee) was delicious, with generous sprinklings of peanuts - lovely nutty texture to her cakes! 

Considering to book a 1 night stay for my family at Colmar Tropicale, a French theme resort.

Early morning scenery below at the entrance to Colmar Tropicale, Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.

Started to drizzle in the late afternoon as I walked up towards the Japanese tea garden. Ang and wife had already left for Malacca after the morning birdwatching session. Birds seen in Japanese Gardens, Bukit Tinggi will be up in Part Two of this website blog. Birds sighted and heard have been recorded through eBird portal for Sunday morning and for Sunday afternoon. Ferruginous Partridge eluded me which means a second trip is on the cards.
Dinner at Kampung Bukit Tinggi, District of Bentong, on my way back to Kuala Lumpur. Heard Pied Fantails as I sat by the vegetable garden of this restaurant. Homecooked simple dishes - seaweed soup, fluffy fried eggs with lettuce and onions. Definitely worth bringing my family here to experience the rustic simple life that has literally disappeared in the hustle and bustle of a city like Kuala Lumpur.
Ramadhan has begun in Malaysia (began last Saturday, 27th May 2017). Exited Kampung Bukit Tinggi by 7.30pm - smooth ride along the KL-Karak highway since Muslim travellers would have stopped to break their fast, by then. 

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