Krau Birding 8th May 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017
Grey-bellied Squirrel (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Another regular bird watching guest from Europe revisit Malaysia recently. Our first few highlight species of the day was a few Rufous Woodpecker. They very calling from nearby trees. We traced the call for a few minutes and finely rewarded with good views of the species. Also we have 2 flocks of Long-tailed Parakeet. Then there were Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and Black-thighed Falconet. On the way into the forest, he asked me "will we see hornbills like what we saw while driving up to Fraser's Hill the other day?" (refer to this posting HERE). Immediately, we saw 2 Oriental Pied Hornbill next to the road! 

a female Banded Kingfisher (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Oriental Pied Hornbill (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

Lots of species were seen even before we reach our primary birding stop. Unexpectedly, a female Banded Kingfisher were spotted perching up on a bare branch. excellent view! Black-and-Yellow Broadbill were very very cooperative and even perched on a branch exactly above our head. However, Indian Cuckoo was teasing us. It flew several times across the road but we did not get to see it perching. Some of the notable species that we managed from Krau include Crested Serpent Eagle, Raffles' Malkoha, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Little Green Pigeon, Yellow-bellied Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Buff-vented Bulbul, Cream-vented Bulbul, Whiskered Treeswift, Crimson-winged Woodpecker, Sooty Barbet, Large Woodshrike, Rufescent Prinia, Hill Myna, Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Flowerpecker, Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly-breasted Munia, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Grey-breasted Spiderhunter and many more.

We spent the next few hours in Krau before moving back to KL for a short visit to a local birding patch. 

Back in KL, we saw Gold-whsikered Barbet, Stripe-throated Bulbul, Red-eyed Bulbul, Dark-necked Tailorbird, Asian Glossy Starling and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo. We also heard the calls of Asian Koel and Drongo Cuckoo.

Dark-necked Tailorbird (Nikon1 V1 + CX 70-300mm VR)

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I'm a bird watcher, digiscoper, photographer and a licensed nature guide. Welcome to my 'A Malaysian Birder' blog. I will post my bird sightings and photographs on this blog. I started bird watching while studying in university. After graduating with a degree in forestry specializing in parks and recreation management, I have been attached to the parks and gardens industry. My past work experiences involve conducting environmental education program, bird watching and many more. When I go out to the field, I will usually have my Kowa 10x32 BDXD binocular, iPhone and Kowa TSN-501 spotting scope with me. This is the lightest setup for me as I prefer to go light these days. Although sometimes, I will (and I need to) take out my Nikon 10x42 Monarch binocular, Nikon ED82 spotting scope, Nikon1 V1 setup for specific targets.

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