Thursday, September 29, 2022

WBCM LONG TRIP TO MERAPOH TRIP REPORT


From the 2nd to 4th of July 2022, WBCM organized a Long Trip to Taman Negara Sungai Relau in Merapoh, Pahang. This was the first long trip organised since the pandemic. It was a memorable trip with 27 WBCM members attending. The trip organiser was Mr. Low Kok Hen. He arranged the logistics such as the itinerary, accomodation etc. The trip was very well organised. Special thanks to him for the great effort. 

On the morning of 2nd July (Saturday), a few cars gathered at a famous breakfast spot at Raub town. The place was famous for Steamed Bread and Half Boiled Eggs. After a scrumptious breakfast, we headed off to Gua Musang where we will be staying for the next few days during our adventure.

We checked in at Durian Hill Villa at Gua Musang and then proceeded to have lunch. Our plan was to meet up at the National Park HQ at 1pm for the briefing.

In the afternoon, the full gang arrived at Taman Negara Sungai Relau! Our adventure had finally begun! Low Kok Hen briefed everyone on safety measures, do's and don'ts and other regulations that we had to follow. At about 2pm, we finally headed off for our first round of birdwatching at the national park.

Around the park headquarters, we saw birds that were fairly common such as the Common Myna, Spectacled Spiderhunter, Brown-Throated Sunbird, White-Throated Kingfisher etc. As our group was quite big, we ended up breaking into smaller groups of people birding together. Some went ahead while some members of the group who did not wish to walk too far went at a slower pace.

As we went through the forested area, the number of birds that we started to see also increased. We set up a hide at a particular section of the park, hoping to see the elusive Garnet Pitta, one of the target birds for this trip. We did hear the Pitta close by, but it did not come out.

We did see many other birds at the hide though. This included the Yellow-Bellied Bulbul, White-Rumped Shama and the Short-Tailed Babbler. Some of our members stayed at the hide waiting for more birds to arrive while others ventured deep into the National Park, hoping for more bird encounters. One group managed to see a mousedeer crossing the tarred road while they were in.

Some notable birds that were seen that afternoon were the Black-and-Yellow Broadbill, Square-Tailed Drongo-Cuckoo, Wreathed Hornbill and Chestnut-Winged Babbler. Towards the end of the day, a number of members saw the Scarlet-Rumped Trogon, which became the star bird of the day. A number of other birds were heard but not seen as well.

For the first afternoon of birding, we managed to record close to 45 species of birds. It was a good first day. We then travelled back to Gua Musang for dinner, where we also did our bird checklist for the first day.

For the second day, we had an early breakfast near our lodging area in Gua Musang and proceeded to the National Park early in the morning. Our itinerary of the day was to take a 4WD into Kuala Juram. Kuala Juram is the point in the National that is about 14 KM deep inside and is the base for people to start the climb to Gunung Tahan.

Upon reaching Kuala Juram in the morning, we then proceeded with our morning birding. On the way, some groups already spotted some birds including the Asian Emerald Dove as well as the White-Bellied Woodpecker.

At Kuala Juram, were were greeted early in the morning with a fruiting tree where we saw a number of birds including the Red-Throated Barbet, Blue-Eared Barbet, Green Broadbill and several other birds.

As we proceeded to bird around the area, we saw large numbers of Little Cuckoo-Doves at the tarred road heading back to the park HQ. Along our birding trail, many notable birds were seen during the morning session. This included the Rhinoceros Hornbill, Blue-Eared Kingfisher, Spotted Fantail, Chestnut-Backed Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-Headed Canary-Flycatcher, Rufous-Fronted Babbler and Red-Naped Trogon.

After a tiring but successful session of morning birding, we proceeded to have our packed lunch at Kuala Juram. In the afternoon, it was a free and easy session. Some members proceeded to do birding around Kuala Juram before we would take the 4WD back to the park HQ. Some notable birds were seen during the afternoon session as well. This included the Buff-Necked Woodpecker, Verditer Flycatcher and other birds.

We finally took the 4WD back to the location of the bird hide where we spent the rest of the afternoon till about 6pm. Some notable sightings there included more sightings of the Green Broadbills as well as the Scarlet-Rumped Trogon. Some other birds were seen as well. The Rufous Woodpecker and Black and Red Broadbill were seen at the Park HQ among other birds. All in, our group collectively saw and heard close to 90 species of birds that day.

For dinner, we travelled back to Gua Musang and we had KFC. WBCM chipped in for the dinner and it was an enjoyable night. At night, some members noticed that there were a number of Savanna Nightjars lurking around our lodging area. Hence, some members headed out to find them with our torchlights. It was a succesful find! 

On the 4th of July, it was our last day of birding. All of us were determined to see as many birds as possible before were to leave the National Park on this day. Again, we broke into smaller groups. Some members opted to bird along the tarred road while others chose to wait and try their luck for the Garnet Pitta. For our last day, close to 70 birds were seen that morning. Some notable sightings included a number of Babbler species such as the Chestnut-Rumped Babbler, Black-Capped Babbler, Black-Throated Babbler and Fluffy-Backed Tit-Babbler. It also included other birds such as the Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker, Rufous-Backed Dwarf-Kingfisher and Mountain Imperial Pigeon. One member also managed to see and record a video of the Garnet Pitta. As a result, the bird could be counted as seen instead of being only heard the previous 2 days. Some birds that were seen the previous days were also seen again on the third day. Some members who missed certain birds such as the Green Broadbill managed to have a good look of it on the last day.

At around 1pm in the afternoon, we finally wrapped up the birdwatching for the day and did our final bird list. We then proceeded to leave the National Park. It was a wonderful 3 day 2 night trip with lots of friendships made and strengthened as well as many avian friends being discovered by our members. In total, we had observed and recorded close to 116 species of birds over the course of the trip. Definitely looking forward to more birding trips organised by WBCM in the future.





























Monday, September 5, 2022

KENYIR BIRD & NATURE QUEST 2022


By Mr Yap Sue Chew

Kenyir Bird & Nature Quest is an annual event organised to promote Tasik Kenyir as a bird watching and nature oriented destination. However, in 2020 and 2021 it could not be held due to the Covid 19 pandemic. This year, a scaled down event for a limited number of 50 participants was held on 26th and 27th March. It was an impromptu decision to join the event because my wife, I and 2 friends learnt about it a few days before the closing date. As accommodation was on our own, we hurriedly made our homestay booking at the nearest town, Kuala Berang (45 min drive away from Tasik Kenyir)

Day 1

Since the event was to commence at 3 pm, we decided to arrive early so we can have more time for birding, which meant departing from home at 4 am for the 5 ½ hours’ drive. To avoid time wasted searching for lunch, we packed some nasi dagang along the way which proved to be a wise decision as it really tasted great and authentic.  

Our first birding session was most fruitful as bird waves seem to come one after another.  We practically didn’t know where to point our binoculars or cameras. I have learnt about the location from prior research. It was along a quiet road called Sungai Buweh Recreational Road (or Jalan Pengkalan Utama) at the northern edge of the lake known as Bukit Lawit. The road is also mentioned in the book, Birds of Terengganu by Anuar McAfee. In fact, Mr McAfee (this year’s speaker) personally took the participants on a guided tour at that location later in the evening. Along this road there is a small scenic waterfall and a spot called Hornbill Valley where we heard hornbill calls.

The event started around 3:30 pm at Pengkalan Gawi (or simply called Gawi) with the opening ceremony and speeches by VIPs followed by tea break. It was during the break we spotted 2 Oriental pied hornbills on a nearby tree. Next, there was a talk by experienced birder and author, Anuar McAfee on birds found at Tasik Kenyir and Terengganu as well as Tasik Kenyir’s potential in becoming a major birding and tourist destination. After the talk, participants were told to meet at a parking area along Sungai Buweh Recreational Road (10 min from Gawi) and there Mr McAfee showed us the sites where hornbills and forest birds were often seen. Not many birds were sighted as it was getting late. However, participants managed to see a whiskered treeswift and a gibbon on Mr McAfee’s telescope. 2 hornbills flew by at Hornbill Valley but could not be identified as they were too high up. At another spot where hornbills were known to roost for the night, no hornbills appeared although calls were heard from afar.

Day 2

Early next morning, since the boat cruise was to start at 9:30 am, some of us together with Mr McAfee returned to Sungai Buweh Recreational Road for another quick round of birding. We encountered more bird activities that morning compared to the previous evening.

Our scenic journey by speedboats to the Terengganu portion of the Taman Negara took about one and the half hour. At Taman Negara, we trekked about 40 min to a huge Melunak tree, which according to the guide is one of the oldest trees in the country. Along the way, the guide also showed us wild boar and tapir footprints near a stream. We had packed lunch before taking a short boat ride to Bewah Cave where we were greeted by strong smell of guano (bat droppings usually found in caves). From the jetty, one has to climb steep stairs to reach the cave entrance. Once in the cave there are raised walkways and solar powered lightings to enable visitors to see the beauty of the cave with formations created by stalactites and stalagmites. It was in this cave that archaeologists discovered human remains dating back over 16,000 years. Near the floating jetty at Bewah Cave, we spotted a lovely blue bird, a Blue rock thrush which is not often seen except near caves.

Although the event officially ended upon returning to Gawi, Mr McAfee offered to show us a newly discovered Great hornbill nest.  All of us were very excited at the prospect of seeing a Great hornbill’s nest.  At the site which was not too far from Gawi, we waited for quite a while for the Great hornbill to appear. Unfortunately, we did not see any Great hornbill except for a tall tree with a narrow slit midway on the tree trunk.

As we did not want to miss the opportunity in seeing the nesting hornbill, my wife and I decided to stay another night at a nearby kampong homestay. Later that evening we went back to the site and after waiting for a short while, the male Great hornbill came briefly to feed the female inside the nest through the slit on the tree trunk.

Day 3 (Extended)

Next morning, we did not have to wait long before the male hornbill arrived and this time it stayed longer. It flew to the nest 3 times to feed the female. It perched on nearby branches in between feedings which gave us many rare opportunities for taking photographs. In total, we counted more than 60 regurgitated red fruits (most likely fig) were fed to the female during that morning visit. After that we returned to Sungai Buweh Recreational Road for a final round of birding before leaving Tasik Kenyir for our next destination, Pulau Kapas.

Overall, it was a memorable and fruitful birding trip despite it being an unplanned outing. Tasik Kenyir definitely deserves better attention from birders and nature lovers; especially locations that can be easily accessed by land.

Other places of interest and related information

A.     By land

  1. Elephant Village located opposite Bukit Lawit, 2 km from Gawi. Here relocated elephants are kept in a large forested area with a river. In the afternoon visitors can watch elephants bathing in the river.
  2. Felda Aring Road or the main road from Gawi to Felda Aring, Kelantan (and further on, Gua Musang) is also a good way to see some wildlife and beautiful view of Tasik Kenyir (at 50km from Gawi). Birdwatchers can stop anywhere along the way to view forest birds, raptors and hornbills.
  3. Rafflesia can be found at Bukit Lawit with several known locations. However, you will need to find a guide to show you the sites as there are no signage or trails.
  4. A new bridge has been constructed to link up Gawi to Poh Island where it will soon serve as the main entry point to Tasik Kenyir with a modern jetty, a duty free complex and a new hotel expected to open soon.

B.     By boat

  1. Kelah Sanctuary is a 45 min boat ride from Gawi. Located on the upper reaches of Sungai Petang. After a 20 min walk visitors can sit on the river and feed the fish.
  2. Lasir Waterfall is 15 min boat ride from Kelah Sanctuary and is the largest easy access waterfall in Kenyir.
  3. Saok Waterfall is smaller than Lasir but much closer to Gawi (15-30 min boat ride). Here visitors need to climb stairs to reach the waterfall.
  4. Herbal Island is a 10 min boat ride from Gawi and the island has been planted with a variety of traditional plants with medicinal properties.
  5. Butterfly Island is 10 min from Gawi and has a collection of butterflies housed in aviary houses where visitors can mingle with free flying butterflies.
  6. Fishing is permitted and very popular at Kenyir. There are operators who specialize in fishing outings in small boats and houseboats.
  7. Houseboats are good for large groups that want to spend more time on the lake. The houseboats can reach all the lake destinations but travel much slower.

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank Mr Anuar McAfee who has graciously allowed me to use materials from his short write-up on Tasik Kenyir that he has shared with me. And, most of all for showing us the hornbill nest which enabled us to have the rare opportunity to witness at close range a male Great hornbill feeding its mate in an enclosed nest. 











Saturday, February 27, 2021

Crested Serpent Eagle

Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela (Latham) 1790
Other Name: Nil
Resident & Migrant
Author: Mr Terence Ang

Status and distribution
Occur south to Johore. Borneo Island occurs in both Sabah and Sarawak.

Subspecies Burmanicus is the only migratory subspecies recorded in P.Malaysia.

All subspecies in Borneo were residents.

Description
The adult is mainly medium-sized and "full-crested" head—facial skin yellow distinctive to serpent eagle group. The crest is black with white marked. Naped and hind necked dark with whitish marking. Throat and cheek greyish, pale range to darker in color. The throat may appear brown in some individuals. 

Underpart brown with a spot where some may appear as elongated white spot: Upperpart, warm brown. Thigh at the time seems unmarked.

The upper part is mainly brown above. When the eagle is perched, look out for the black terminal band and the white subterminal band.

In-flight, underwing covert brown with heavy white spot. Flight feather with a white subterminal band and broad black trailing edge. Soar with U shape, and wing held upwards. The tail usually are seen well with a black terminal band and more overall white subterminal band

Juvenile. Whiter face and crest. Slight dark brown appears scaling on the crest. Upper part brown with white on the tip of the feather. Underpart white with streaking. Throat and breast all white.

Malayensis race is usually darker on the throat and may appear black. Dark variation typically points to these subspecies. The underpart of this subspecies was mainly dark, with usually darkest among all four subspecies.

White spots are also less heavily marked compare to burmanicus. Nevertheless, due to the darker color, it tends to make the white area more pronounced. Thighed usually appear white bar. Upperpart on shoulder spot white.

The juvenile below is mainly dark brown with plumage very near-adult. Leg colors are paler. Underpart more heavily spots to the thigh—shoulder of the bird's spots white. Crest tends to show more white.

Pallidus subspecies are very pale and restricted to north Borneo.

Richmodi breast is more rufous and unbarred with cheek and throat grey.

Juvenile of both Borneo subspecies are poorly document.

Confusion Species
Possible to confuse both the Oriental Honey Buzzards orientalis race and the torquatus race. From Honey-buzzard by Posture and jizz of bird are relatively different, the absence of erect crest and face skin was yellow. 

The underpart of the body with spots is somewhat distinctive to Crested Serpent Eagle. 

In Borneo's mountain area, such as Kinabalu, this species may be confused with the Kinabalu (Mountain) Serpent-Eagle, separated by the smaller, relatively shorter wing. It is also noted that pallidus subspecies are paler birds overall with cheek, throat, grey, and a larger white spot on the abdomen. Take note of the range and altitude. Mountain serpent eagle is restricted to montane.

Geographical Variation
Two subspecies were recorded in P. Malaysia

S.c.malayensis : resident

S.c.burmanicus : Migratory subspecies Both juvenile burmanicus have been confidently identified with two confirmed records, one in Kuala Selangor and another in Johore. Other adults were unconfirmed, and one adult observed suspected to burmanicus was also documented up north. Various records of adults restricted to lowland with no case pointed to Burmanicus subspecies were mention in montane.

In Borneo Island
S.c.pallidus:Sabah
S.c richmodi: Sarawak

Some texts have suggested that Natuna Serpent-Eagle Spilonis natunensis occur in Borneo; however, there was no evidence to support such claim.

Note: See above for a description

Behaviour
Observation on hunting and territorial display in Merapoh Taman Negara, Perak, Kuala Selangor, and Penang, in the lowland. On limited occasions, hunting was observed in the mountain area. A few successful observation was in the montane Genting Highland and Cameroon Highland. This was only limited to Malaysia, with two hunting occasions in Sabah and a few more on territorial display.

Territorial display
The majority of the time, observation on CSE calling in flight is on territorial display. Each time pair will fly together and calling. Where territorial meet with other groups, more pairs can be observed flying nearby, and all individuals can be observed calling. In one occasion in Merapoh Taman Negara, three pairs were observed, and all three couple was calling. Circling within their territory but never enter and no conflict arises. Observation in Sandakan in one of the projects yield the same result. Meanwhile, in the nesting period, female may be calling on perch, to communicate with the  male which is not territorial display. 

Hunting
Hunting methodology was noted where CSE practices perching hunting method. As of date, almost 100% of all observations in the hunting process are perching hunting. There was no documentation of where soaring hunting was practiced. The bird mainly perches quietly motionless unless movement from the head. The prey will be detected from the flight, and once noticed, the CSE will fly directly to the quarry. Prey items are mainly reptile consisting of lizards such as garden fence lizard and snake, consisting of both venomous and non-venomous snakes such as Sumantra Spitting Cobra, Monocled Cobra, Bronzeback.

On one occasion, an observation was made on a mangrove where a crab was observed to be a prey item. (see photo attach)

Approaching the prey is mainly done in two types. Where non-venomous snakes and lizards are hunted, the CSE comes directly to the quarry and griping the snake or lizard directly during landing.

However, when approaching venomous snakes, the strategy has been switch differently. The prey is detected on perch. CSR will fly to the prey's side or very near the quarry but never snatch it directly. Once landed on the ground, the CSE will strategize occasionally opening its wing to attract the snake's attention. This will continue till the opportunity to attack the snake's head is available. The bird will directly attack the snake's head, killing it. If the bird is feeding, the snake will be brought to the nearby perch for feeding. For nesting birds, venomous snakes are often brought back with heads almost severed or been severed. 

Although with such great predator strategy, in Naroaji's book, it was noted that the death case of CSE due to snakebite had been documented. On my observation, however, I have yet to have such an encounter. Although some prey was observed to be a more challenging choice and more effort will be required.

It will be great to know from other observers in the country on this observation and share the knowledge available, which will be a great assistant to the habitat management program.

Habitat
Cover various of habitat but usually wooded area up to 8000 feet asl.

Breeding
Breeding records have been documented in the mangrove and montane area at approximately 4000 feet asl.

Only one egg and one eaglet was raised on all occasion and never recorded more than once. Observation on nest show medium size. 2 nests observed in mangrove was off covered well with leave and entrance were subjected to one entry. Nevertheless, this was different from the nest sighted in Fraser's Hill, where the medium-sized nest was located on a fork. This nest was relatively open and leaning on top of a bird's nest fern. All perch on lowland were not more than 10-15meter height. Fraser's Hill nest was an exception, with nest sighted at least 40 meters in height.  Females spend more time in the nest and caring for the eaglet while males conduct most hunting. 

There is not much evidence where Crested Serpent Eagle here reuse the nest; however individual sighted nesting over five years rebuilt new nest near the old one and approximately 50m radii from the original nest. This suggests that they may use the old nest described in many texts but will occasionally be built. 

Courtship display has seen birds were presenting stingray as early as in March. Nest with young in May. Fraser's Hill nest was also sighted in May. 

The dependency period of the young was somewhat challenging to document. One nestling was observed near the nest together with an adult six months after fledging. There is no evidence recorded locally where dependency period longer than six months.

Reference

Ben F.King & Edwards C.Dickson, 1989, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Craig Robson, 2017, A Field Guide To The Birds of South-East Asia, Bloomsburry, London

Handbook to Birds of The World, Lynx Edicions, Bercolona, Collins, Grafton Street, London

Smythies B.E Revised by Davison G.W.H, 1999,  The Birds Of Borneo, Natural History Publication, Sabah Malaysia. (ISBN 983-812-028-6)

Susan Myers, 2009, A Field Guide To The Birds of Borneo, Talisman, Singapore

Boonsong Lekagul & Philip D.Round, 1991, A guide to the Birds of Thailand, Saha Karn Bhaet Co., Ltd Bangkok

David R Wells, 1999, Birds of The Thai Malay Peninsula Vol 1, Academic Press, London UK

James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle & Frank E. Rheindt, 2016,  Birds of the Indonesia Archipelago Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Lynx Edicion, Bercelona

James Fergusan Lee and David A Christie 2001, Raptors of The World, Christopher Helm, Great Britian (ISBN 0-618-12762-3)

Medway & David R Well 1976, The Birds of the Malay Peninsula Volume V: Conclusion and Survey of Every Species, Broadwaterpress, England


One observed feeding on crab


Juvenile of malayensis subspecies. Differ from juvenile Bumranicus white underpart with streak


In flight


Adult taking off


Adult malayensi subspecies with clear barred on thigh


Adult suspected to be Burmanicus subspecies. See the less marked white spot below and unmarked thigh


Subadult malayensis subspecies. Individual observed under 6 month dependency period

Friday, December 18, 2020

Asian Waterbird Census 2021

 
[ Video Credit: East Asian-Australasian Flyway Network ] 

The Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) is part of the global International Waterbird Census (IWC). This citizen-science programme is supporting conservation and management of wetlands and waterbirds worldwide. 

The recommended dates for the AWC are 2 – 18 January 2021, covering two weeks and three weekends, when we should encourage you to count waterbirds. These dates are for guidance only and counts from from any date in December 2020 or January and February 2021 are very welcome.

Your information helps to promote the designation and management of internationally important sites such as nationally protected areas, Ramsar SitesWestern/Central Asian Site Network for Siberian Cranes and Other WaterbirdsEast Asian – Australasian Flyway Network Sites and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs). As well this helps in identifying and protecting new sites of importance for waterbirds. The result of the census and information are also used to promote national waterbird and wetland conservation and international cooperation along the Central Asian Flyway and East Asian – Australasian Flyway. 

Guidance and Reporting

If you have participated in a previous count for a particular site, kindly cover the same site this year and report on it using the latest 2021 count and wetland assessment submission forms. We encourage you to cover as many sites as possible and encourage more participation. Submission of forms to the appropriate coordinator should be done by end February 2021 at the latest.

Important Note on Covid-19 Pandemic:

While participating in AWC, please ensure that you adhere to COVID-19 guidelines provided by national government and state/provincial authorities. The AWC coordinators are requested to inform the participants about the state/province specific restrictions/guidelines to be followed during the census. Participants are requested to maintain a distance of at least 2 meters/six feet from other participants. Each participant must carry their personal sanitizer and wear a face mask to ensure safety of the group. Participants may carry their own birding equipment such as binoculars, cameras and AWC Count and Wetland Assessment forms, so as to reduce contact between people to a minimum.

[Source: Wetlands International website]

For more information about the Asian Waterbird Census 2021 in Malaysia and to obtain the relevant submission and assessment forms, please contact the Malaysian Nature Society's National Coordinator Ng Wai Pak and Yeap Chin Aik at waipak@mns.org.my.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Awana Biopark Birdwatching Trip Report

This is the first birding trip of the year 2020 organized by Wild Bird Club Malaysia (WBCM). Awana Biopark was chosen as a venue due to its popularity for its sub-montane bird species.

On 23rd February 2020, 7.00am, all the birders gathered at Ratha Baru Restaurant for a quick breakfast. All then proceed to drove to the venue and immediately briefing was done by Mr Tang Tuck Hong, the organizer of this trip, followed by a group photo session. We split into two groups; first group led by our president Mr Andy Lee, head to the pump house road, while the second group led by Mr. Tang head to the trail in the Biopark. I was with the second group.




It was very windy and we are in total difficulty to get a glimpse of any bird at the trail. Yet we could hear the call of trogons (which was the Orange Breasted Trogon) all the way. Our friend Jeremy tried to get off the trail, ventured in the woods and manage to see an Orange Breasted Trogon. We then decided to go out from that spot since we ultimately can't see anything.


Once out from the trail, we spotted Orange Bellied Flowerpecker busy foraging on a mistletoe patch high up on a tree. Nearby, we saw two Black Naped Oriole and some Oriental Magpie Robins flying low around the shrubs. At the road side near the Biopark entrance, we saw a pair of Orange Bellied Leafbird feeding at mistletoes, joined by Black Throated Sunbird.

Then came a small flock of Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrikes foraging for insects on a nearby tree. It was slightly drizzling that moment. We could hear the call of the Great Hornbill as well.

Bar Winged Flycatcher Shrike

Suddenly Mr Andy came and told us that he spotted the Great Hornbill. He managed to record it. Everyone was trying their best to get a glimpse of the hornbill. It was far away plus concealed by another tree. Suddenly a Blyth's Hawk Eagle flew up from a lower terrain, and all the birders' eyes were on it. It glided nearby for few seconds before it vanished.

Blyth’s Hawk Eagle

My group then head towards the pump house road. Quite a number of birds were bagged here. Grey Chinned Minivets were everywhere and they were much closer to us. It was a bird wave, joined by Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Mountain Bulbul, Fire Tufted Barbet, Verditer Flycatcher and Red Bearded Bee-eater. Some even saw White Bellied Epornis and some flycatchers. An Orange Breasted Trogon flew pass us into the woods as well. Unfortunately we could not trace it further.

Red Bearded Bee-eater
Grey Chinned Minivets

Velvet Fronted Nuthatch

Verditer Flycatcher

We then walked back to spot that we gathered in the morning and had some coffee and bites, provided by Mr. Kok Hen. Mr. Tang called everyone for finalising the bird list. . A total of 45 species spotted today at Awana Biopark.

Wrapping up the Bird List

Group photo session again.

Mr. Eddie giving some information to our birders

After the group photo session, Mr Eddie, who manages the Biopark gave us some interesting info on the wildlife around here and the effort taken for its conservation. 

He is expecting we could provide him some information on the birds we had spotted around the Biopark to aid their conservation activities. We then dispersed around noon, yet some of us went to the Ulu Kali birding spot to have a look what is going on there. Myself, only manage to see the Siberian Thrushes and Black Throated Sunbird. The male Siberian Thrushes are now with much matured plumage compared to my previous visit on January.

Siberian Thrush (male)

We left after few minutes since the place was covered with thick mist. Another joyful birding day with team WBCM. The link for the bird checklist of this trip is as per below:


Picture Credits:
Charith Fernando
Saravanan Palanisamy