Monday, 14 October 2013

Malaysia part 2

Taman negara was our next port of call, a 130 million year old rain forest reached by boat. This place has a swish resort at its entrance where we stayed for 3 nights, trails into the forest were well managed with modern plastic boardwalks. Birding was difficult but what was seen was usually spectacular. On the first morning before the sun was up a Tapir showed its self, cue great excitement, but on the last night a different very tame Tapir was rolling on the grass surrounded by kids. That took the edge off my initial sighting making me doubt the status of wild Tapir around the resort.
Dark throated oriole
dodgy Tapir

8 inches of millipede
 I found the best way to see birds in this dense jungle was to sit in a hide smoking, over looking a clearing. The Tahan hide proved to be the best and sitting for a while the sweat stopped streaming off me and every now and then a few birds would show themselves. The light was not good and the image below was typical of many shots, but I always viewed birds with my bins before trying to get a shot so a lot got away from the camera.
Black and red broadbill (pin sharp as usual)

Jungle pigs

Crimson winged yellownape
 A bird I had always wanted to see is probably the commonest in the world in its domesticated form, Red junglefowl showed well from the hide with 2 hens in tow, although in eclipse form still proved a cracker.
Cock a doodle do
 A group of Chestnut breasted malkoha that arrived in a wave of birds around the hide proved a highlight and I even managed to get a half decent pic. Lots of butterflies flitted about some of them huge and very pretty. A high and long Canopy walkway was a good laxative and a boat trip up river past native villages was good.
chestnut breasted malkoha

200x zoom action  Black thighed falconet

Brown shrike
Next part is from the Camron highlands and Penang