Introduction to Birdwatching in Fraser's Hill - 30th Aug 2020

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

 "If any keen birders out there looking for a great weekend escape in nature, be sure to check out Weng Chun birding guide. Just had an amazing day out birding in Fraser’s Hill with no less than 26 new species spotted. Ideal for families, small groups or individuals."

- Rex, South Africa / KL

Guided a family for a morning birdwatching session in Fraser's Hill recently. We started the morning from the carpark and walked along the usual road towards the spot for Red-headed Trogon. Along the way, we passed by a Bottle Brush tree which is a favorite for Long-tailed Sibia, Blue-winged Minla, Black-throated Sunbird and Streaked Spiderhunter. Further up the road, we found Mountain Fulvetta and White-throated Fantail. As we got closer to our destination, I saw several photographers grouping infront of the trail head. Without doubt, they must have spotted the Red-headed Trogon and then we saw a red spot near the photographer. Definitely a Trogon! Everyone enjoyed the view through the binocular. It was a male bird. Not too long after, a female bird showed up. WOW!

I heard the Greater Yellownape (woodpecker) nearby but couldn't locate it as everyone were too occupied with the Trogon. 

After a few hours of walking, we took a short break. The 2nd part of the session, we had better luck with some colorful birds and there seems to be more activities going on the late morning. This include Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Silver-eared Mesia, Mountain Tailorbird, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, and others.

We ended the morning birdwatching with a family of 5 Malaysian Partridge (which we heard early morning but couldn't find). So, this is a great bird to finish off a great morning!

The birds that we saw during the morning session include (but not limited to)

1. Oriental Magpie Robin

2. Long-tailed Sibia

3. Streaked Spiderhunter

4. Blue-winged Minla

5. Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush

6. Red-headed Trogon

7. Streaked Wren-babbler

8. Rufous-browed Flycatcher

9. Large Niltava

10. Black-throated Sunbird

11. Pacific Swallow

12. Little Cuckoo Dove

13. Buff-breasted Babbler

14. Fire-tufted Barbet

15. Mountain Fulvetta

16. Black-eared Shrike-babbler

17. Silver-eared Mesia

18. Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

19. Mountain Tailorbird

20. Lesser Shortwing

21. White-rumped Munia

22. Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo

23. Mountain Bulbul

24. Grey-chinned Minivet

25. Pygmy Cupwing (previously known as Pygmy Wren-babbler)

26. White-throated Fantail

27. Malaysian Partridge

Mammals List: 

1. Dusky Leaf Monkey / Spectacled Leaf Monkey 

2. Western Striped Squirrel / Himalayan Striped Squirrel

3. Grey-bellied Squirrel

4. Mountain Red-bellied Squirrel / Pallas's Squirrel

Mountain Bulbul

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Black-throated Sunbird

Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush

Silver-eared Mesia

Fire-tufted Barbet

Large Niltava

Little Cuckoo-dove

Red-headed Trogon

Rufous-browed Flycatcher

Streaked Spiderhunter

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