Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK) TTDI is about 12 km from the city center of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It is nicely tucked away at one corner of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), a housing estate which saw the first houses built some 35 years ago. The garden or (taman in local Malay language) estate have since expanded to now more than 5000 houses ranging from single-storey terrace, double-storey linked (town houses) to some sizeable bungalows. In more recent years also saw an eruption of condominiums took place in this erstwhile quiet residential enclave.
Being one of the later parks to be developed TRK, TTDI had the benefit of more ‘green’ trees, which included some fruit, berry and seed bearing species. The good news is that most of the trees have matured and now provides the food source for the many resident as well as seasonal migratory birds. The latter would take temporary residence for a couple of months, to escape the winter, before returning to their original homeland in the spring.
The following photos are by no means a 100% representation of birdlife in TRK, TTDI but in my view for an area of no more than 3 acres it has fared better than some larger ‘forests’ in supporting many species of our feathered friends.
It is hoped that this blog will bring forth higher level of awareness and greater commitment by other housing schemes to replicate the ‘green lung’ concept within their housing estates for birdlife and nature to thrive for posterity. Enjoy the photos! Cheers!
Asian Koel (Male)
Asian Koel (Female)
Asian Glossy Starling (Adult)
Asian Glossy Starling (Juvenile)
Copper-Smith Barbets (Male & Female)
Blue-tailed Bee Eaters
Yellow-vented Bul Buls
Crested Serpent Eagle in flight
Peaceful or Zebra Dove
Greater Raquet-tailed Drongo
Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Magpie Robin (Male)
Oriental Magpie Robin (Female)
Scarlet-backed Flycatcher (Male)
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Male)
Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Female)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Male)
Brown-throated Sunbird (Female)
Common Tailor Bird
Flame-backed Woodpecker (Male)
Flame-backed Woodpecker (Female)
TRK, TTDI also have other beauties of nature like this water lily in full bloom.
or this smallish ‘waterfall’ cascading water into the man-made pond. The favorite of the resident kingfishers which could be seen diving for their fish meals.
Dragon flies could also be found in great abundance.
Flowers produce nectar for the birds and other insects.
The bumble bee also finds a place here to thrive.
And last but definitely not the least, man’s distant cousins are here too.
One BIG family living in peace on less than 3 acres of land! Not bad, not bad at all.