Bukit Tinggi & Krau Forest 15th January 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017
It was a last minute plan to go up Bukit Tinggi today. But I really think that no birder could resist the sighting of Mountain Peacock Pheasant and Ferruginous Partridge. We arrived at the stakeout just in time for both species to perform quite well. We spent the next few minutes waiting and observing both species. We left the place fully satisfied with our targets without disturbing the photographers who were at the stakeout much earlier than us. While Thomas was busy taking photographs of both species, I took a short video clip of the Ferruginous Partridge (knowing that I will not be able to get any decent shots with my portable photo gears).

The above image of Ferruginous Partridge was screen captured from a short video.

Another screen capture from the same video.

We tried to look for our other targets - Silver-breasted Broadbill, Red-bearded Bee-eater and Banded Kingfisher. Unfortunately, we could not see / hear them except a brief call from the latter. Whiel waiting at another stakeout, I told Thomas the Bushy-crested Hornbill is calling but we were not able to locate it. After a short wait and search, we walked back to the car and saw a Tiger Shrike perching quietly almost at eye level but some distance away. I drove down slowly and tried to stop at selected spots hoping to get a glimpse of any Hornbill. All of a sudden, Thomas said there were 2 big birds far away. Wasting no time, we got some photos to check for ID. "Black Hornbill" ? no way I said....carefully checking the photo, we realized that it was actually Bushy-crested Hornbill !!! Good bird...It flew passed us but neither one of us get a decent photograph of them (yes! there were 5 birds in total) flying. Soon after that, we drove towards the lowland forest in Krau (some called it Bukit Rengit while some called it Lanchang).

Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

Yellow-bellied Bulbul (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm)

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