Apr 22, 2010

Nostalgic return to Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia

Dateline: Apr 2010
I have made this return trip to Bkt Tinggi with a great sense of expectation that it would be another ‘productive’ trip bird variety wise. The day started quite differently from my previous visit, at least during the first half day. Even the birders from Singapore whom I met were also lamenting over the ‘very quiet’ situation. They had been there since Sat and obviously wanted Sunday to turn their fortune for the better. I am full of empathy for them and wished them good luck in their bird hunt.
As the day progressed through lunch time and then mid-afternoon, still no significant bird activities could be felt or heard. Very quiet indeed! I started to imagine a day ending in ‘disaster’. LOL.
However, at around  4 pm the tide turned and all of a sudden the forest was alive with sounds of sweet birds’ tunes and active movements across the spectrum of the trees and branches in and around the Japanese Garden enclave. Now what has happened to the maxim – early bird gets the most worms. LoL.  I was happy to come away with the following ‘captives’ which I will present in 2 segments.
A Red-bearded Bee-eater drying it’s plumage after the wet overnight rain. This ‘dignified looking’ and not-so-big bird never fails to entertain and is a much sort after ‘trophy’ for birders and bird photographers alike. This one and only bird was perched high up catching the early morning sunrise.
The previous night’s heavy downpour has thoroughly soaked it’s colorful plumage. Yours truly is happy to have finally recorded a closer shot.
This surprisingly friendly Verditer Flycatcher roamed into the garden enclosure to pose for a good 15 minutes! It too showed signs of drenched plumage. Totally oblivious of the presence of at least half a dozen cameras clicking away, it went about catching the insects for it’s breakfast.
Meanwhile two Silver-breasted Broadbill mom and dad were seen  busy flying into a nest located just above a low branch. They were bringing food for a young chick. As if like clock work, there were three predictable 3 perch on the same 3 branch each time on their approach to the nest. Just like the Verditer these two were also not overly awed by human movements below - trying to take the best shots or video angle.
In the picture above the chick could be clearly seen receiving food.
In between waiting for a bird wave I took this picture of an unusual bug.
This Rhinoceros Hornbill is a Lifer for me. Missed it in the morning but got a couple of good shots when it returned  later in the afternoon.
This Large Hawk Cuckoo flew across the forest in total silence. Only managed to take a few good shots after tracking it from a few perches 
A flock of 8-10 Dusky Broadbills like the one above made their presence felt towards late evening. In the process making loud noises as they went about feeding.
Baby Dusky Broadbill (Juv) with cicada in mouth, offerred by the mama Broadbill.
A Flamed-backed Woodpecker (Male)
A Greater Yellow-nape Woodpecker
Lesser Racquet-tailed Drongo
A Red-billed Malkoha
A Green-billed Malkoha with a cicada in mouth..
A Black-crested Bul Bul
Black-faced monkey
The above two Orange-breasted Trogons’ photos were taken from the album of my January visit. On this trip a Trogon was within eye range but too far for the camera lens to capture a crisp image.
Thank you for dropping by. Cheers!

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