On second day everyone were up very early and feeling very excited as usual. Our group leader just came back after having seen the large frogmouth. Now is our turn to get on the jeep (7.30am) and headed towards the foohill of Mount Tahan (Gunung Tahan). After about a 14km (15 minutes) of cool ride we were dropped at a place where the Malaysian Mahseer (Kelah) fishes are rear. We were informed that they have a few kelahs weighting abt 8 kilo each in the sanctuary. That's big enough to feed an entire orang asli(aboriginies) family for a day! After some sight-seeing session, we were down to birding again and here are some of the fantastic birds which i have managed to capture on the LCD screen:
The breeding sanctuary for the Malaysian Mahseer.
This is a juvenile hairy-backed bulbul. It was actually flapping its wings when i took its picture.
This is one of his parent sitting nearby. That is why the flapping behavior of the juvenile which was actually begging for food.
This is a white-chested babbler. One of the many babblers seen and heard in this trip. I just managed to get two decent shots of this babbler.
This is one of the gem of the forest. One of my lifer of course. The flight of this male Asian Paradise Flycatcher (White Morph) is like some fairy dancing in the forest. Looks even better in real life and is reportedly harder to be seen than the rufous morph.
This is a grey-headed canary flycatcher. Although seen a few times in my birding trips but never really had a decent shot of this bird.
This is a large wren babbler. It was actually singing close to the trail and near the forest floor. It was spotted on our way back from the kelah sanctuary. Again its one of my lifers.
This is the back view of the same bird.
This is the front view - it looks better in photo than real life - probably because it is well hidden under the dark forest floor.
This is a Dark-Throated Oriole. A really beautiful but elusive bird .
This is a male Scarlet-Rumped Trogon. If not for the twig, this would be a great picture. A much sort after bird for photography hobbist due to its beautiful plumage.
Not sure whether this is a female scarlet-rumped trogon or a juvenile male. To me it looks more like a juv male.
This looks like a purple-naped sunbird.
This looks more like a little spiderhunter than a thick-billed spiderhunter as reported by one of the birders in my group. The color around its eyes are more whitish as compared to the yellowish of a thick-billed spiderhunter.
This is a grey-breasted spiderhunter. It was actually beside the little spiderhunter, trying to chase away a green snake which was trying to eat one of its mates.
This is a forest wagtail. It was reported as an uncommon migrant and a winter visitor (Allen J, 1993). As its name suggest, it is usually seen near small streams of forest trails. I wonder whether my fellow birders notice its right leg ?
Not sure what had happened but its right leg - there are no toes - deformed? but certaintly not handicapped as he kept swaying its body and tail from left to right just like business as usual!
The last day was rather slow as compared to the first two days and yielded only a few interesting birds. Did some birding for only about 1 hour before turning back to pack and head for home. Here are some of them:
This is a male Raffles Malkoha
This is a Common Iora but look at its bright plumage which most of the birds here have.
This is a black-thighed falconet
A male Buff-rumped Woodpecker. Look at its claws!
There are also a few unidentified birds such as these ones:
The one on the right.....pigeon? malkoha? female Asian fairy-blue bird?
This one is thought to be a maroon-breasted philentoma.... quite a difficult bird to spot.
And this is thought to be a black-naped monarch.
In total we have seen and heard about 119 birds for the three days. Here are the list of birds:
|Asian Glossy Starling|
|Great Slaty Woodpecker|
|Greater Racket-tailed Drongo|
|Lesser Green Leafbird|
|Plain - throated Sunbird|