Birding in Jelebu - 1st Sept 2014
Malaysia is fortunate to have many good birding locations. Here are my top ten (10) birding locations which i would recommend to you before your life time warranty expires. They are based on my personal observations as well as field reports i.e. in terms of its accessibility, varieties and uniqueness.
In no particular order:
i) Gunung Ulu Kali, Pahang - for mountain birds and its uniqueness.
ii) Fraser's Hill, Pahang - for sub-montane birds and its varieties.
iii) Air Tawar-Kuala Muda Mudflats, Penang/Kedah - for its shore birds and varieties.
iv) National Park (Taman Negara), Pahang - for forest birds and varieties.
v) Panti Forest, Johor - for forest birds and varieties
vi) Pulau Mantanani, Sabah - for pelagic birds and its uniqueness.
vii) Danum Valley, Sabah - for forest birds and its uniqueness.
viii) Mount KK Park, Sabah, for mountain birds and its uniqueness.
ix) Kampung Felda/Ladang tebu, Chuping, Perlis - for rarity and varities.
x) Bukit Rengit, Pahang - for forest birds and varieties
Now back to birding - i have not been to this location for many years. So it was inevitable that i decided to see how are the birds getting on over there. Reached the location at about 7.50am which was surrounded by a thin veil of mist. By 8.15 am the mist was quickly replaced by a chorus of the apes which echoed throughout the entire valley. Bird calls started thereafter with a Grey-Headed Canary Flycatcher leading the way. This was followed by calls from two Great Argus and a mini bird wave at about 9.15am. Here are some of the birds photos:
It came and took off within 5 seconds but their calls can be heard from a distance.
Look how well it tried to camouflage itself with the flower of the same color. Although said to be fairly common but you don't see this sunbird everywhere.
(Note: based on experts comments, this bird was most likely a Temminck's aka Scarlet Sunbird)
Differentiated from Changeable Hawk Eagle (Dark Morph) through its yellow cere. Correct / No?
|Raffles's Malkoha - Male|
I think it should be more aptly called a Dark-Throated Tailorbird.
|Blue-Winged Leafbird - Male|
|Blue-Winged Leafbird - Female|
This female bird was a toss between a female Plain Sunbird or a female Orange-Bellied Flowerpecker but i would go for a female Orange-Bellied Flowerpecker in view of its shorter tail.
At this place you can also see various types of bulbul under one canopy. Here are some of which i have seen:
You may think that bulbul is an easy bird to identify. Well try this one below:
(Note: this could be a juvenile Spectacle Bulbul)
|Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch - Male|
Metering mode: partial
Shooting mode: handheld
As it can be tiring walking up and down at this location, so i have laid down a marker at this point for my next adventure here.