Posted by wengchun Friday, March 17, 2017
This month end, Lothar is here again to hunt for more birds. We started off with a boogie bird which eluded Lothar many times previously. So, on our first day we were all focus on nailing this species first thing in the morning at Cyberjaya as I have seen for the past few months. As usual 2 individuals were spotted. Next, we proceed to our next target Crimson Sunbird. Without much effort except for the long walk and few minutes of waiting. We were greeted by Black-and-Red Broadbill going into the nest on the other side of the pond, and there were also Yellow Bittern, Germain's Swiftlet, Barn Swallow, Pacific Swallow, Little Egret, White-throated Kingfisher, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Brown-throated Sunbird at the spot we were waiting. Next on our list - Copper-throated Sunbird and Mangrove Pitta, so we drove to the coast. Almost instantly we saw a pair of our targeted sunbird but there is no sign of the pitta. We decided to give it a miss and head to the next pitta, a Hooded Pitta. Upon arrival at the site, we heard the call and Lothar was surprised to see this so easily compare to the Mangrove Pitta.
Laced Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
On our second day, we headed to the highland stakeout for the Mountain Peacock Pheasant.After 3 hours of waiting (and de-stress at the bushes behind the stakeout), 1 lone Mountain Peacock Pheasant emerged from the forest. Of course, we were also entertained by Ferruginous Partridge, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Tiger Shrike (another boogie bird for Lothar), Siberian Blue Robin, Orange-headed Thrush, Ochraceous Bulbul and White-rumped Shama. Then we drove down to the lowland forest for babblers and bulbuls. We managed to get Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Hairy-backed Bulbul, Black-throated Babbler, Black-capped Babbler, Hooded Pitta (again!), a pair of Scarlet-rumped Trogon, and a pair of Banded Kingfisher.
Orange-headed Thrush hidden in the darker comfort zone early in the morning
Ferruginous Flycatcher (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Ferruginous Partridge (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Orange-headed Thrush (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Rhinoceros Hornbill (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Scarlet-rumped Trogon (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Banded Kingfisher was calling the whole afternoon
Hooded Pitta (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Hairy-backed Bulbul (Nikon V1 + Nikkor CX 70-300mm VR)
Next, on our third day we went up north for specific targets in which we managed some unexpected species too. Although a very exhausting day, it was still a rewarding day for both of us. Today highlight includes Mangrove Blue Flycatcher, Greater Flameback, Copper-throated Sunbird, Little Cormorant, Bank Swallow / Pale Sand Martin, Greater Painted Snipe, Osprey, White-bellied Sea-eagle and Banded Woodpecker.
After spending a night in the northern region, we make our way up to Fraser's Hill. Lothar was here with me to look for the Malaysian Partridge previously but we were not that lucky then. This time, with a little more patience, we finally have it on our trip list along with Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Large Scimitar Babbler, Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler and many more. We also spent some time in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan and Krau Forest to get more lowland birds.
Black Hornbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Green Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Grey-and-Buff Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Malaysian Partridge (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Long-tailed Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Olive-backed Woodpecker (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Red-headed Trogon (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
Silver-breasted Broadbill (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)
White-rumped Shama (Nikon V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)