Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Kuala Selangor Nature Park Trip Report

3rd DEC 2022 – Birding at Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Selangor

On 28th Nov 2022, WBCM’ s Andy Lee initiated the plan to have a visit on 3rd Dec 2022 to Kuala Selangor Nature Park, located at the mouth of Selangor River, in the district of Kuala Selangor. About 15 participants joined the visit and led by Mr. Andy. 

Kuala Selangor Nature Park was established in 1987 and been managed by Malaysia Nature Society (MNS). The park covers a total area of 2.4km2, with a combination of secondary forest and wetland. According to eBird webpage, it has the highest number of bird species sighted in Selangor, with 342 species of birds observed. 

It was a rainy morning. We arrived at 7.30am and we just waited for the rain to stop. Around 8:00am, the rain stopped, and Mr. Andy led the team to look for birds near the Information Center of KNSP first. Oriental magpie robins were the first to greet, followed by Yellow Vented Bulbuls, Black Naped Oriole and Yellow Vented Bulbul. We managed to sight a good number of Ashy Minivets, gleaning for insects and caterpillars on the canopies. Adjacent to the minivets were, few Coppersmith Barbets perching as if waiting for the day to turn a little hotter. Brown Throated Sunbird, Common Iora, Blue Tailed Bee-eater was among the bird seen before we enter the trail towards the mangroves.

I had to warn about the mosquitoes here, it is way too awful, especially on the trail towards the mangroves.  So, get prepared with long sleeved tops, long pants and mosquito repellents. Along the trail, we managed to sight and hear some birds. A Greater Coucal was uttering its signature deep resonating - 6 noted calls, from the bushes. Common Flameback was also seen at the beginning of the trail as well. As we were walking along the trail, we found that it was quiet. We saw a solo Grey Heron as soon as we reached a canal. As we approached, it flew away and seek refuge on a nearby tree. 

We later proceed to the watch tower, yet in between we found a Tree Climbing Crab. From the watch tower, we manage to see some birds from the watch tower, including a snake, the Malayan Krait.  

Once done observing from the watch tower, we walked towards the second watch tower, and here we saw Laced Woodpeckers, Lesser Adjutant and a Changeable Hawk Eagle. A Common Kingfisher was also seen perching on a cable overhanging across a canal. 

We then entered into the mangroves. The concrete walkway is rather mossy and slippery. Walking should be done with very much caution here. Here, we observed a sub-adult Crested Serpent Eagle, Japanese Paradise Flycatcher and Swinhoe’s White Eyes. We then go back to the park’s information center to conclude our bird list around noon. Once the bird list concluded, we left the park and then had a good lunch together. 

We would like to thank Mr. Andy for organizing and leading this trip; Mr. Tang to upload the bird list in eBird and Mr. Chan for the lunch treat. 

eBird Bird Checklist Link: https://ebird.org/checklist/S123474086

Prepared By: Saravanan Palanisamy

Photos by: Mr. Yap S. C, Mr. Liew C. K. & Saravanan Palanisamy

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