28 Mar 2010
This trip to KSNP was at short notice. For company I had Riz a fairly new but energetic and most definitely enthusiastic birder. We started somewhat later than usual birding time at 8 am on this Sunday, and was immediately greeted by an increase in traffic enroute. Nonetheless we took a leisurely drive on this lazy Sunday morning.
We decided to take the old road via Sg. Buloh, to add more kampung scenery instead of the highway. As we reached the town of Kuang Riz spotted what looked like a raptor perched on top of a lamp post. Our car passed the spot but a decision was made that we make a U-Turn. Knowing the sensitivity of birds to approaching humans, we parked the car a good distance from the lamp post and approached on foot. It was a ‘right decision’ to make the U-Turn. We were rewarded with some close shots of the Black-shouldered Kite.
On the journey to KSNP a few more raptors was sighted flying across the main road towards the palm oil plantation in search for their morning’s breakfast.
After tracking for some distance into KSNP it became quite mundane with little bird activity, giving us the feeling that this trip was not going to be a very eventful one insofar as birding goes. Our ‘down’ feeling was very quickly erased when out of nowhere flew a male Orange-bellied Malkoha on to the gravel road just a few meters from our position. It turned out that it was sunning it’s wet feathers after an over night downpour at the park. It was soon joined by it’s mate. Both birds provided more than half an hour of entertainment to our delight. Below is a selection of photos.
Further down the trail our luck turned for the better as a good array of birds showed up along the trails..
The Asian Flycatcher.
An Olive-winged Bul Bul
A Purple Heron
The Olive-backed Sunbird (Male)
The Olive-backed Sunbird (Female)
A Tiger Shrike
A Copper-smith Barbet (Male)
Copper-smith Barbet (Female)
A Collared Kingfisher
An Everett’s White-eyed Bird.
A big flock of Mynas
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Female) There was no male bird sighted.
A Braminy Kite (Female)
A Braminy Kite (Male)
The Flame-backed Woodpecker (Male)
And some of the other residents of KSNP.
The Skipper Fish
The leaf monkey
And last but not the least – the trusty Lighthouse, the icon of KSNP which had stood the test of time.