Saturday, 12 October 2013

Malaysia part 1

 I returned home last week after a cracking couple of weeks in Malaysia. The first 2 days were spent in KL we went to the Bird park which has the largest walk in aviary in the world. To be honest it was a bit disappointing with very few species on show. Next port of call was the botanical gardens for my first taste of Asian birding. Oriental magpie robins were the most obvious birds and there were Mynas about. Both nights were spent in Chinatown food was tasty and very cheap House crows were plentiful  even in the city centre.

Magpie Robin

Asian glossy starling

House crow
Our next stop was up in the mountains at Frasers hill a small place spread out among the hills surrounded by forest, this is home to an annual bird race and has a very good interpratation centre. The birds did not give themselves up easily but I did see some crackers including Green magpie and Little pied flycatcher. Getting good photos however prooved difficult, the dense foliage and poor light coupled with the fact that birds appeared in waves and vanished in to thin air meant that little of what was seen made it in to the camera. What did make it on to the SD card were taken with shutter speeds of 1/20 second at times so few are up to my usual super sharp standerd.
Spectacled laughingthrush

Streaked spiderhunter

Large niltava

Trapdoor spiders home

Black and crimson oriole